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Nexus 6 available for pre-order on AT&T starting November 12th

Nexus 6 is part of AT&T’s offer starting tomorrow. Most US citizens who didn’t have luck in getting their devices from Google Play or Motorola’s official site can take a chance on AT&T’s stock. The sad part is the US carrier will only start pre-ordering on November 12th and further (no news on physical store availability).

The full price Nexus 6 will be $682.99, a bit higher than the $649 you would give for the Google Play variant, but you can get it on a monthly plan as well. On a two-year agreement you will be paying $249.99.

You can also choose to get the device with an AT&T plan, such as AT&T Next, where you pay $0 down: on Next 24 you pay $22.77 per month, on Next 18 you pay $28.46 each month and with Next 12 you will pay $34.15 monthly.

Apart from Nexus 6, you can get a nice little deal of $50 off for Moto Silver II, Moto Hint and Moto 360 when you get the Google smartphone and a new line of service.

Source: AT&T

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AT&T boosts 2GB and 4GB data plans to 3GB and 6GB at no additional cost

AT&T is boosting some of its data plans with some good will, considering it is one of the first US carriers to implement limited data plans. The carrier is announcing a cap boost in two of its mobile plans as follows:

In case you are on the 4GB ($70) data tier or on the 2 GB ($40) one, you will be getting an upgrade to 6 GB and 3GB respectively with no additional costs. The Mobile Share Value plans will necessitate line access fees on top of data though. There appear to be no other financial strings attached, which means you’re just getting more data and that’s it.

Apart from this boost, AT&T is extending its double data promotion for the biggest plans of 15-50GB. Each of the bigger plans gets double the data if you sign up to them before November 15th.

Source: AT&T

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T-Mobile quadruples Simple Starter data plan to 2 GB for $5 extra a month

T-Mobile is quadrupling its data plan for $5 extra per month starting September 3rd. Sprint and T-Mobile are always in a war of prices, services and quality and this time T-Mobile is trying to get ahead on all aspects by enlarging its Simple Starter Plan Data allotment… at a price, of course!

For $5 extra a month, customers will get an upgrade from 500 MB to 2 GB of LTE data. This limited-time offer will debut on September 3rd and it does not interfere with the Simple Choice Plan, which is supposed to remain the same.

Why would you choose a $50 plan when you can pay $45 for twice the LTE data?

The answer is rather simple: with the Simple Choice Plan, you get unlimited data with the reduced speeds after 1 GB and unlimited music streaming from certain music services that don’t count against the plan. With the Simple Starter, the data service gets cut off after you finished your allocated 2 GB of data and you cannot access free music and tethering.

Sprint has just introduced a $60 plan with unlimited data and T-Mobile reached out to its clients with a similar offer. We shall see which proves to be the more popular offer. 

Source: T Mobile

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Samsung Q2 profits drop, more surprises ready for the second half of 2014

Samsung seems to have lost some of its edge in the second quarter of the year as new reports show disappointing figures for the first time in about three years. Even if the financial situation is not on the rise, Samsung still has some aces up its sleeve and new devices will be launched later this year.

The South-Korean monolith is incontestable leader on the Market, being ne of the strongest brands apart from Apple, and according to charts, it reports a revenue of $50.8 billion won for the second quarter of 2014. However big this sum may be, it still is 2% smaller than the previous quarter revenue. The operating profits are down as well, dropping by 15% to $6.9 billion. Samsung considers this drop is due to a stronger Korean currency and a slowdown of mobile device sales. The Koreans believe that the third quarter will bring in big bucks, but not on the mobile device market, the target being TVs. The multinational company already launched a bendable 78” UHD TV in Korea and other curved and ultra HD TVs will be launched on the Asian market soon.

Until the end of the year Samsung fans will see two more smartphone launches, reports say, as the first device to launch in the third quarter will surely be another Galaxy Note. The second smartphone remains a mystery though, as no details are known apart from the fact that it is built using new materials. Most of the public is waiting for a first metallic body smartphone from the South-Korean monolith.

Some speculate that a number drop in the profits is due to Chinese brands which keep growing in popularity and availability. Once considered cheap knockoffs, many Chinese brands have managed to climb to the top and offer quality devices at extremely affordable prices, especially on the Asian market, which is coincidentally the largest economy in the world. This rise of the knockoffs could force Samsung to cut back on its prices and focus more on the affordable devices rather than premium ones, even if Samsung has infiltrated all market spectrums pretty well already. The South-Koreans will have to concentrate more on matching the price with the quality in order to meet its customers’ increasing desires rather than mixing components in different smartphone models. 

Source: Samsung 

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