AT&T has just released its plans regarding a massive investment in both its wireless and wireline infrastructure. Over the next three years, AT&T plans to invest a total of $14 billion — $8 billion in wireless, $6 billion in wireline — to improve all aspects of its services. Although its 4G LTE network has been rolling out at a steady pace, it is upping expectations with this new influx of spending. The new goal is to cover 300 million Americans with 4G LTE coverage by the end of 2014.
Google (GOOG) acquired the popular third-party email client Sparrow this past summer, and despite the buyout the company vowed to update its app so it would be compatible with the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The team has hit a road block, however — Sparrow developer Dinh Viet Hoa announced on Tuesday that Apple (AAPL) has rejected the email client’s latest update.
One year after Samsung (005930) announced its plans to depose various Apple (AAPL) employees without much success, the electronics giant has now been granted “no more than three hours” to question Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller. According to IDG News Services, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered Apple to make Schiller available in a second deposition round. Samsung says Schiller’s testimonial in court in August was merely as a witness and not an “expert witness.”
Yahoo (YHOO) announced last week plans to shutter its business in South Korea as a result of plans to restructure the company. The search engine on Tuesday officially began notifying employees of the closure and will be eliminating 200 jobs as a result, according to Reuters. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer previously said that the decision was part of the company’s efforts to streamline operations and focus its resources on building a stronger global business that’s capable of long-term growth and success.
In line with earlier reports, T-Mobile on Wednesday made Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II smartphone-tablet hybrid available starting at $299.99. That entry price requires one of T-Mobile’s Value plans, which spreads out additional phone subsidies over several months. To purchase the Note II with one of the carrier’s standard voice and data plans, it will cost users $419.99 out of pocket, $50 of which will be recouped in the form of a mail-in rebate for a final price of $369.99. BGR reviewed the Galaxy Note II on Wednesday and called it a device that is without competition in the “phablet” category.
The most recent rumors of a phone with a 1080p-resolution display have been pretty wishy-washy, but Sharp recently went official with their plans to start churning out 5-inch 1080 x 1920 displays from their factories. That works out to 443 pixels per inch, for those of you counting. Take that in your 326 PPI and smoke it, iPhone 5.
It’s no secret that AT&T (T) is a terrible wireless carrier — just ask anyone who uses, or has used AT&T. Its calls drop, data is unusable in any location with more than four wireless subscribers within a square mile, and it nickel and dimes every single fucking thing. You know what set me off though? The fact that AT&T is limiting FaceTime over cellular and making subscribers switch to a new shared data plan if they want to use it. It was bad enough AT&T brazenly charges you a fee if you want to use the data you pay for on another device via tethering, but now AT&T is trying to control just what you can and can’t do with your own data, which you pay for every month, down to the specific application.
Samsung (005930KS) on Friday sent a notice to the media that it plans to unveil a “major” new Galaxy device on August 15th. The South Korea-based vendor’s save-the-date email did not include any additional details, and it did not specify if the new device will be a smartphone or a tablet. Earlier rumors suggested Samsung has plans to unveil the Galaxy Note II, the sequel to its popular supersized Galaxy Note smartphone, in late August, so the event will likely focus on a different device — possibly the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet we saw unveiled at Mobile World Congress that has reportedly gone back to the shop for tweaks. Samsung’s August 15th press conference is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. EST.
Hewlett-Packard originally planned to release a Windows RT-powered tablet later this year. Due to Microsoft’s recent Surface announcement and the high cost of licenses, however, the PC maker has scrapped its RT tablet plans. The rumor was first reported by SemiAccurate, which is also hearing that “just about every OEM out there is scrapping one or more Windows RT designs, with most renewing Android efforts with every resource at their disposal.”
Apple’s ever-popular iPhone will be coming to yet another prepaid wireless carrier this summer, according to a new Market Watch report. Citing unnamed sources, Market Watch’s Thomas Gryta Tuesday reported on Tuesday that Virgin Mobile USA licensee Sprint would announce this week that Virgin Mobile subscribers will be able to use the iPhone as their device of choice for prepaid voice and data services. Gryta didn’t say exactly when Virgin Mobile would start offering the prepaid iPhone but said it could start as soon as July. Earlier rumors have indicated that Sprint also plans to bring the iPhone to Boost Mobile, another of its prepaid wireless carriers. Regional carrier Cricket, owned by Leap Wireless, was the first carrier to officially offer the iPhone alongside its prepaid plans and is charging users $399.99 for the 8GB iPhone 4 and $499.99 for the 16GB iPhone 4S.
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