Despite all the excitement being nullified before the press event here in NYC, LG has still managed to make its Optimus Pro event exciting for those attending, catering to their needs with food, drink, and of course the technology itself. As noted earlier, the Optimus G Pro is coming out exclusively to AT&T on the 10th of May, for $199 on a 2-year contract.
While I’ve been strolling back and forth through the fro, it only made sense to get hands-on of the Optimus G Pro, which can seen in images below.
Initial impressions are pretty much what I expected: a high-end Android smartphone, quad-core, a 400 pixel-per-inch, 5.5″ 1080p HD screen and all, but very much heavily customised by LG, for better or for worse. What you cannot disagree with is the stellar image quality of the cameras and 4G LTE connection provided by AT&T.
LG Optimus G Pro Hands-On (AT&T)
(Image: A view outside one of AT&T’s former press venues.)
There are no qualms to be had with AT&T’s first quarter earnings for this year: an addition of 296,000 customers, 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and many new improvements to their device catalog. 6 million smartphones were sold in all, the iPhone consisting 4.8 million of the total amount. 72 percent (approximately 48.3 million) of on-contract AT&T customers are now carrying smartphones, with wireless revenues clocking in at $16.7 billion — up 3.4 percent over the same period last year.
Total revenue for AT&T was $31.4 billion, a 1.4% dip from the the same quarter last year. This is can be attributed to fluctuations with U-verse, as the company’s broadband service added an additional 731,000 internet subscribers and 232,000 television subscribers during the quarter.
Via: Businesswire, AT&T
For the majority of Galaxy S 4 early adopters, a crucial question is among your ranks: “When exactly is my device arriving?”. Well, it turns out that at AT&T, the magic date is April 25th; general availability will begin on April 27th. This is very much in the same timeframe that T-Mobile and Sprint have announced their release dates for the Galaxy S 4: April 24th and 27th, respectively. Thankfully, AT&T made it clear to me in an email that pre-orders of the GS4 should arrive by the 25th, with shipping services not being delayed.
And for once, an release date for a Samsung flagship device has been arranged. Hooray, for efficiency!
Via: AT&T (Twitter), AT&T
With April slipping further and further away, it comes to our attention that the Galaxy S 4 is rapidly approaching. That is, at least on AT&T, where the GS4 will be available in White Frost or Black Mist colors. More importantly, it will ship by April 30th and has an off-contract price tag of $639 ($199 w/ two-year agreement) for the 16GB model. Add two-day shipping and you’d see your GS4 no later than May 3rd. Sounds good.
Coming in either silver or black unibody aluminum with 32GB of internal storage, the HTC One will cost $199.99 on a new 2-year contract with AT&T’s 4G LTE network starting April 4th. After that, an official release for the One will be closer than ever, as the ship date is the 19th. As for that AT&T-exclusive 64GB version: availability has been kept completely under wraps, except an internal AT&T memo points to the price of $299, so that’s something.
As for the Sprint and T-Mobile versions; there’s no news on that front.
Editor’s Note: Post updated on 4/2/2013 to reflect official details.
Here’s the only catch about AT&T’s recent presser for the price of the Galaxy S 4: we don’t know if the $250 price tag is for the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB model. What we do know, however, is all the specs of the GS4 remain the same, 4G LTE included, and that AT&T hasn’t issued an exact release date, instead issuing a pre-order date of April 16th; something of which they promise to elaborate on in the coming weeks.
Via: AT&T’s Consumer Blog
AT&T has announced the dates and prices for the BlackBerry Z10. Starting March 12th, customers will be able to pre-order the Z10 for $199.99 on a 2-year contract, with an official release across all AT&T assets on March 22nd. The Z10′s typical specs will be included, alongside 4G LTE. So, is anyone going to take the plunge? Quarterly results and plenty of tweets will inform us, later on of course.
The HTC One X is now part of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean crop of refreshed and Google Now-enabled devices. Users on AT&T can start downloading the update today, which brings along not only the new firmware, but several fixes as well. Happy? You should be. Details at the source link.
Verizon has been doing plenty of business lately, selling off parts of its 700MHz spectrum (basically, towers and radio waves it has access to and operates). AT&T is perhaps the biggest buyer so far, buying $1.9 billion worth of 700MHz spectrum in 18 states which covers nearly 42 million people. The deal isn’t set in stone; AT&T still needs regulatory approval to close the deal by the second-half of 2013. The press release with the list of states can be found after the break.
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As hard to believe as it sounds (or maybe no), AT&T’s amazing catalog of Android smartphones still are dominated by the bread-and-butter of phones — the iPhone. In the fourth quarter of 2012 8.6 million iPhones were activated, 16% of which were new customers. On the opposing end, AT&T only managed to sell 1.6 million phones from Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone combined. But the combined 10.2M in sales are still something to look at positively.
As for actual profits, AT&T built up $17.6 billion in wireless revenues, with the wireless income at a positive $2.6B. AT&T did have some losses from revised pension plans and the number of subsidies it had to pay out for all of the smartphones it during the quarter, including damages from Hurricane Sandy.
Still, AT&T did pretty well. Additional financial details are at the source.