Yesterday, AT&T announced plans for NumberSync, which will allow customers to apply a single phone number to all of their connected devices, even when they are not synced via WiFi or Bluetooth. However, when speaking to re/code, T-Mobile’s operating chief Mike Sievert states that they intend to make AT&T’s NumberSync “look small.” (more…)
This morning, AT&T announced plans to launch NumberSync later this year, a network-based service that allows multiple connected devices to share the same phone number. For example, if you have a smartwatch or tablet, those devices will be able to receive calls and texts, even when not connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Of course, those connected devices will need to feature wireless radios, which not all of them do. (more…)
Motorola just posted a list of its phones that will receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The list includes no real surprises, but a number of you noticed that in the mention of the Moto X (2nd gen), Motorola only listed the Pure Edition and no carrier variants. We originally just assumed that they left the carrier models off the list because they are working with carriers to decide what to do there, but according to Motorola’s forums manager, the decision has already been made. The decision isn’t a good one either. (more…)
The AT&T Moto X (1st gen) is getting Android 5.1 Lollipop again. I say again because we tried this once before back in July, but an issue arose and the update was suspended. AT&T apologized for having to pull the update and assured us that the update would be ready again as “quickly as possible.” Well, quickly as possible turned into the last day of September, more than two months later.
A new update is now ready for that original Moto X on AT&T. (more…)
Samsung Pay, the mobile payment system from Samsung that I would argue is actually a game changer, launches today in the US. I say that it’s a game changer because it’s not just another NFC payment system that requires retailers to have NFC-ready payment terminals. With Samsung Pay, you can (theoretically) pay at almost every credit card terminal you encounter, because it uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) that emulates a credit card swipe. It’s awesome.
Anyways, here are the details for today’s launch in the US. (more…)
AT&T made a change to its unlimited data throttling policy this morning that ups the limit its legacy unlimited data users can hit before they will enforce slower data speeds. Previously, the limit was around the 5GB mark, but now unlimited data users are looking at a cool 22GB before their speeds are slowed when in congested areas.
This change could have something to do with $100 million fine that the FCC slapped on AT&T for throttling its unlimited data customers or maybe they just really wanted to do something semi-nice for once. I don’t know, but the change doesn’t appear to be a bad one. (more…)