AT&T has finally opened its online store to the iPad 3G+Wi-Fi model. The units are available at the same price as is available on the Apple Store. That means, you will need to pay $629 for the 16GB variant, $729 and $829 for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively.
It is worth mentioning that AT&T has not offered a very positive retail presence to the iPad until now. The carrier began the sale of iPads on their stores only as recently as October of this year. With the latest announcement, the iPad 3G model on AT&T will finally get the presence that it deserves from an exclusive carrier. Having said that, we still do not have enough details about the shipment lead time. So be ready to get your Christmas gift late if AT&T shall take more than a day to deliver your order.
Looks like AT&T wants to do away with all of their Xperia X10 inventory before the end of this year. The carrier has announced a new promotional offer that lets users win a free Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone for every contracted unit they purchase. This buy-one, get-one-free offer is set to run until the end of this year.
The offer is also being promoted through Sony Ericsson‘s Twitter account where a company representative has written,
It doesn’t get better than this – buy an Xperia™ #X10 at @ATT (until Jan 1, 2011) and get one #FREE!
While this is a nice deal if you are looking to gift one of your kin with an Xperia, it is still not as good as the alternate offer from Best Buy that is currently on. You may recall the Best Buy free smartphone offer that gives users a chance to buy one of several phones – including Xperia X10 – at $0, provided customers sign up for a 2 year contract.
So now that you have a choice, you can decide which one is best suited for your needs.
Microsoft and AT&T have teamed up to announce a nice deal for the holiday shopping season in the United States. Starting today, customers can walk into any of the AT&T stores and order one of the Windows Phone 7 handsets to get one another phone for free. The phones that are available in this deal include LG Quantum, HTC Surround and Samsung Focus. This is for a limited time and it is not clear when this offer will end. So get one quick.
That’s not all. AT&T is also independently offering a free entertainment pack to new WP7 customers. The entertainment pack will include ilomilo, a new 3D puzzle app, unlimited music streaming with Zune Pass for 30 days (including 10 free downloads) and a free video service to watch and download TV shows for 30 days. The total value of this offer is $29.97 so that is quite a lot.
As noted earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is now available for purchase from the AT&T stores starting this week. The device can be purchased at a whopping price of $649.99 though this comes without a contract. But without a data plan to go with this, the device is only as good as a Wi-Fi only device that really is not something you should go for considering that the iPad is available at close to $150 less.
Users looking to sign up for a data plan will need to shell out $14.99 per month for 250MB of data or $25 a month for a 2GB data limit. These are not exactly user friendly pricing figures and so I really don’t think many customers will be interested.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has already launched on T-Mobile and Verizon in the United States and it is just a matter of time before it launches on AT&T as well. According to leaked reports, this is expected to happen in less than ten days from now – on November 21. The report however makes an interesting revelation that the Galaxy Tab could actually be priced higher than the entry-level iPad.
If you are an AT&T user looking to purchase a Galaxy Tab, you may have to shell out $649.99 for a contract-free subscription. Buying a device at this price will also mean you will have to spend close to $14.99 per month for a 250MB data connection or $25 for a 2GB connection. There is no word on whether there will be a subsidized offering with contracts. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Tab is priced $20 more than the entry level 3G-enabled iPad and that could make this a deal breaker for many.
Amazon Wireless has just announced a limited time discount offer where the etailer is offering several AT&T handsets for a discounted price of 1¢. The handsets included in the offer include several recently launched handsets too – including the Windows Phone 7 handset, HTC Surround. Now, if it is not clear enough, the 1¢ price is just on the subsidized offering. This means, customers will still have to sign up for a two year contract with AT&T. Some of the phones included in the 1¢ offer include
- BlackBerry Torch
- HTC Surround
- LG Quantum
- Motorola BACKFLIP
- Motorola BRAVO
- Motorola CHARM
- Motorola FLIPOUT
- Motorola FLIPSIDE
- Palm Pixi Plus
- Palm Pre Plus
- Samsung Captivate
This discount offer will run through the weekend and will end on November 15th. More good news if you are an Amazon Prime member – you will have your activation fee waived in that case.
Blackberry Torch is a good piece of gadget. The phone comes with a 3.2″ WVGA touchscreen with 480×360 pixel resolution, a 512MB internal flash memory with 4GB storage, a 5-Megapixel camera and runs on the new Blackberry OS 6. However, Research in Motion does not seem to have sold too many handsets. You will remember that in mid-August this year, Amazon announced a major drop in prices selling the phone at $99 instead of the regular $199 price point. Now, three months later, network carrier AT&T too has announced a similar price drop.
Starting now, Blackberry Torch will be available for $99.99 at the AT&T stores. While this is indicative of the lackluster performance of the Blackberry model, this is in no way an indication of the model being a flop. It is worth noting that the holiday shopping season is just around the corner and AT&T would be pretty keen to stock the best of gadgets during this period to maximize their sales. It is then logical that the company is looking at emptying its stocks of Blackberry Torch well on time to begin the sale of these new gadgets
After the successful launch of Kinect, Microsoft lovers in the United States would now be keenly anticipating the success of Windows Phone 7 devices. Given the fact that a lot of marketing budget has been alloted by the carriers in promoting this new line of products, one may have assumed that AT&T would go all out in their efforts to get people buy these devices. But this is apparently not to be.
We are now hearing that AT&T has said that they will not be opening their stores for Windows Phone 7 pre-orders. Customers interested in securing a device on launch day must hit one of the stores to physically claim a device. That’s starting today.
It is not exactly clear why AT&T would do that. But it is likely that this is a marketing ploy to get more people to the queues on launch day. Nevertheless, it is going to be quite a hassle if you are someone who has been desperate to get a WP7 handset on launch day.
A bad news for you if you have an AT&T U-verse subscription for viewing television at home and happen to sport a non-AT&T Android phone. The official AT&T U-verse app for Android phones is not compatible with handsets that are not carried by Ma Bell herself. However, the good news is that this is Android we are talking about which means a hack is always round the corner.
Folks at XDA have managed to hack the original .APK file of the official U-verse app which can now be used by U-verse customers to manage all the DVR programming from their Android phones on other carriers like Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile. Apparently the application is not hard-wired to be accessible only on AT&T phones and so it is pretty much carrier agnostic. You can hit this link to read about it and possibly install the hacked APK file.
The Windows Phone 7 comes integrated with Zune which is a premium service that is available at a price of $14.99 a month. Now a free subscription to this paid service appears to be the perfect bait for companies to lure customers into buying handsets running Windows Phone 7. After Microsoft announced a 3 month free Zune pass subscription to users who shall pre-order a Windows Phone 7 handset, AT&T has now announced an additional one month of free Zune subscription. While the Microsoft offer is only valid on customers who pre-order a phone unit, the AT&T offer shall be valid on all Windows Phone 7 handsets purchased before the end of this year.
It looks like a perfect bait at least from the perspective of Microsoft. A good number of users who get access to this free service are likely to turn into long term Zune customers and a comprehensive free trial of Zune is a perfect way to lure these customers. What do you think?