Dell Streak is getting more shelf space. This time from the popular American electronics retailer, Best Buy. According to an announcement on the Best Buy website, Dell Streak, along with HTC Surround and the white colored variants of Samsung Fascinate and Sony Xperia X10 will go on sale at the retailer’s mobile division starting October 24.
The retailer has also announced that pre-ordering of these devices are already open. The Dell Streak will be available on shelves at a price of $299.99 after signing a two year contract. Dell Streak as you know is a tablet PC with a small 5″ display and includes specs such as a Gorilla glass display, a 1GHz SnapDragon processor, two cameras, integrated A-GPS and Location-Based-Services apps.
Scott Anderson from Best Buy Mobile has said,
“Each one of these devices offers something new and unique to the market and we are excited and honored to bring them to our customers. Best Buy knows consumers expect the hottest products, but also great prices along with a level of service and support that simply makes life easier – that’s what we’re delivering.”
The white iPhone 4 may well turn out to be a vaporware. But if you are one who is excited about owning a white colored variant of popular mobile phones like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or Samsung Fascinate, news is in that the white colored versions of these handsets will be available starting October 24 on Best Buy. If you are interested, you could go ahead and reserve a piece rightaway for a price of $50.
Samsung Fascinate is the Verizon bound variant of the popular Android smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S. On the other hand, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is on AT&T. Of course, you will have to remember that these phones will come locked to these carriers upon purchase.
From what we hear, the white versions of these two phone models shall be exclusive to Best Buy to start with and so if you want those bragging rights, go ahead and make the purchase now.
Microsoft and AT&T have announced a new partnership that will let users of XBox 360 use their gaming console as a secondary U-Verse Reverser. Basically, if you are an AT&T U-Verse subscriber and also own a Microsoft XBox 360, you can save up on multiple U-Verse receiver rentals by alternately using your XBox to stream TV.
Two points to note here. Firstly, you will need to be owning at least one receiver already which means that while you cannot use your XBox as the primary U-Verse receiver at home, you can use it to substitute for additional receivers if you need to set them up at more than one room. Secondly, not all XBox 360 models are compatible. You need to be owning a device that has an internal hard drive with storage space.
If you satisfy these prerequisites, then you are all set to go. The new ‘XBox 360 as a U-Verse Receiver‘ partnership is set to start rolling in from November 7.
Samsung Captivate users who have been waiting for an Android 2.2 update have something to cheer about. Folks at the XDA developers forum have now been able to build a complete Android 2.2 build for Samsung Captivate that will let users get all the major Froyo features on their Captivate including the ability to use their mobile phone as a hotspot, view Adobe Flash 10.1 files and support for Media Hub, JIT compiler and the new UI tweaks.
Of course, this unofficial update is fraught with risks. Firstly, you will need to root your Samsung Captivate which in itself is not totally advisable. Secondly, you run the risk of bricking your phone during the process which will not get you anywhere with AT&T customer support. In case you have already backed up all information and are ready to take it on, go ahead and check out the instructions to upgrade here.
There are so many things about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab that makes the device attractive. The cost is definitely not one of them. While many of us looking for a word about the prices were taken aback with the high price point of the tablet not so long ago, it now looks like there is a lot of residual cost to go along with the initial cost of the device as well.
AndroidGuys is quoting an AT&T source to reveal a possible data pricing structure for non-contractual plans. These are for users who purchase the device at an unsubsidized cost and choose to go without a carrier contract. And by the looks of it, this is not something for everyone.
- $15/100mb for 1 day
- $30/300mb for 7 days
- $50/1gb for 30 days
One thing is quite certain. If the Samsung Galaxy Tab ever fails to live up to the hype, don’t blame the product. Instead blame it on the prices.
Until now, notebook users who wanted a 3G connection from AT&T had to sign up for one of those long term contracts. Considering that many of these users also travel frequently, a PAYG plan makes much more sense. AT&T has finally opened up their Pay-as-you-go data services to these users.
Unlike contracts, these plans can be purchased pre-paid and the user gets to access a predetermined amount of data for a specified duration of time. There are three different plans to start with – a daily pass that costs $15, a weekly pass for $30 and a monthly plan for $50. These plans come with a data cap of 100MB, 300MB and 1GB respectively.
These plans are definitely not for the heavy user considering the frugal data bandwidth on offer. Nevertheless, if you are one who simply would not want a contract, this is a better alternative.
If you are a subscriber of the AT&T U-Verse service, you could soon be able to watch television over the internet thanks to a new partnership that the company is supposed to be working on with Microsoft. Those of you following the XBox 360 space for long might have heard of rumors regarding a new IPTV service. Now according to reports on the Engadget, AT&T employees are presently testing the new XBox 360 IPTV service internally at this stage.
The report has also published screenshots of AT&T’s support documents from recent times. This corroborates recent statements from Microsoft that AT&T U-Verse customers could soon be seeing a MediaRoom functionality on their gaming consoles. Now though there is no official word on the upcoming functionality, sources are indicating that the new service is less than two months away from launch.
Check out a demo of the XBox 360 IPTV service in the video below.
Are you having trouble sending email over the Blackberry Enterprise Server? AT&T’s business tech support group has been offering video-based how-to support over YouTube for sometime now and the team has this week posted a good video tutorial on how to go about troubleshooting your problem.
The solutions offered include basic troubleshooting options like checking out whether terms like GPRS, EDGE and 3G are entered in the appropriate upper-case format and also teaches you how to enable enterprise activation. It’s a short video that will give you a brief of the basic steps involved. Of course, if these steps do not help you out, you could go ahead and call the AT&T tech support.
Nevertheless, check the video out for the “first-aid” steps. Is there any other troubleshooting step you would add?
AT&T has announced a new iPhone application that will let users browse the U-Verse TV program guide remotely from their iPhone and also schedule and manage DVR recordings on-the-move. In a statement released yesterday, AT&T has announced that this new iPhone application not only offer DVR management controls, but will also allow users to download available TV shows directly onto their iPhones and be able to watch these TV shows in full-screen mode on their iPhone.
There is however a catch. To be eligible to access these content, subscribers need to be at least signed up to the U-Verse U300 package that starts at $82 and costs higher if you also want HD access. If you do own the subscription, go ahead and purchase the new iPhone app from the App Store. It’s free.
Okay, so add one more to the list of issues that have plagued the new iPhone 4 since it debuted over a month and a half back. Several iPhone 4 customers have been posting on the AT&T wireless forums complaining that their device appears to be facing voice “skipping” issues when they are near an AT&T Microcell. This issue makes it difficult to listen to the person on the other end since the voice continuously drops in and out though there are no signal issues and the call does not disconnect.
The issue is noted to be isolated to iPhone 4 since users have noticed little to no issues of this sort on their older iPhone models. So while the issue is clearly with Apple, the company has – as usual – put the blame on others. A member on the forums quotes a response he received from a senior Apple executive,
“I received a response today about the escalation concerning the MicroCell. As the phone was developed to work outside and not work specifically with the MicroCell it is a change AT&T will have to make with the MicroCell.”
So as you know, Apple products are faultless. So, if you are facing this issue, just try not using your Microcell.