All of us here at BVA love to hear about great devices especially when they come with a good price tag. The Lenovo IdeaTab A2017 is the latest to catch our eye. This Android 4.0 tablet comes packed with 3G, 7″ screen, up to 8 hours of battery life, HD Video with 720p playback, front and rear webcams for taking photo’s and video chatting plus more all in this 0.9 lb. lightweight machine. You also have the app options through both Google Play and Lenovo App Shop to keep your mind and fingers busy. AT&T currently has a deal that if you buy a two year service agreement they will knock off $100 off of the price of the tablet. Not a huge fan of signing contracts? Well, AT&T is selling this tablet for a mere $199.99 without a contract. Either way it’s a good deal if you’re shopping around for a deal on a tablet. http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23663&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35928
AT&T has begun to crack down on iPhone users who use apps like MyWi to tether their device to make a WiFi hotspot for other devices, like a laptop or tablet.
AT&T has notified some select users suspected of using unofficial tethering methods without paying for the service, that they will be automatically enrolled in a higher data package.
More info can be found here
Recent testing indicates that AT&T may be capping speeds of its 4G devices (see article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381578,00.asp)
With the standards for 4G being ill-defined at best, carriers can legally get away with marketing 4G devices that are actually slower than 3G on the same network. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381915,00.asp
So buyer, beware! That new mobile phone or tablet might not be as zippy as the advertisers would have you believe.
Its been quite some time, back and forth between when and how this was going to happen. A lot of blogs and gossip articles have been written between many reputable websites. After years and years of speculation, the Verizon iPhone is real. As Verizon president Lowell McAdam put it, “If the press writes something long enough, eventually it becomes true.” I find this really funny after all the publicity that Verizon put in the media. It’s ironic how Mac really stayed out of the subject matter and for the most part never drew a line in the sand with a yes or no. The word comes fresh out of Verizon’s press conference in New York City, where the company has confirmed that they plan to offer the iPhone 4 early next month. Update: February 10th, to be specific. From what has been published so far, the Verizon iPhone 4 appears to be identical to the AT&T iPhone 4 .
It does not support Verizon’s 4G/LTE network, and Apple took their standard “We don’t talk about future products” stance when questioned on the matter. The 16GB iPhone 4 will set you back $199.99, while the 32GB model will cost you $299.99 (both prices on a 2 year contract. Additionally, it looks like it’ll have at least one feature that the AT&T model doesn’t (currently): WiFi hotspot, which allows the iPhone to act as a Cell-Data-Fueled-Wi-Fi router for up to 5 devices.
Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player. Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell. For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.
To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)
If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)