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AT&T Acquires NextWave (And Its WCS Spectrum) For Up To $50M To Build Out 4G LTE Network

att-logoAT&T has just acquired NextWave Wireless for the purpose of reworking its WCS spectrum for the build-out of AT&T’s 4G LTE network. According to the release, “AT&T will acquire all the equity of NextWave for approximately $25 million plus a contingent payment of up to approximately $25 million and, through a separate agreement with NextWave’s debt holders, all of the company’s outstanding debt will be acquired by AT&T or retired by NextWave, for a total of $600 million in cash.”

NextWave currently holds licenses in WCS and AWS bands, and for a long while, WCS could not be used for mobile Internet. Sanctioned in 1997, rules were put in place to prevent this so that there would be no interference to satellite radio users in close spectrum bands.

AT&T’s Q2 2012: Revenues Of $31.6B, Earnings Of $0.66/Share, 61% Of Wireless Subscribers On Smartphones

att-logo-smallAT&T has just released its Q2 2012 financial results — the telecom giant reported quarterly revenues of $31.6 billion (that’s up 0.3% year-over-year) and earnings of $0.66 per share (up a full 10% year-over-year). AT&T also reported operating income of $6.8 billion, a healthy jump from to the $6.1 billion it reported in the previous quarter.

As solid as the numbers seem, AT&T couldn’t completely beat analyst expectations. The company couldn’t quite match forecasted revenues of $31.7 billion, but easily beat expected earnings of $0.63.

Motorola Atrix HD Review: Runs Like A Dream, But Doesn’t Look Like One

atrixhd1Motorola made plenty of waves when it introduced the Droid RAZR for Verizon last year, and somehow I doubt AT&T was very pleased with that move. With that one launch, Motorola instantly made AT&T’s high-end line of Android-powered Atrix smartphones look chunky and downright un-sexy in comparison

Now with the Atrix HD AT&T has its own vaguely RAZR-esque device to push to the masses, but how does it stack up against its forebears? Or, better yet, how does it compare to the devices that occupy the top tiers of AT&T’s smartphone portfolio? As it turns out, the answer is “pretty damned well.”

AT&T To Roll Out New Shared Data Plans Up To 20GB Beginning Late August

AT&T Wi-FiJust over a month after Verizon announced its shared data plans, AT&T is announcing its own today. Still no word on whether they will charge iPhone users to FaceTime over a cellular connection, though.

Starting next month AT&T customers will be able to switch over to a shared mobile data plan. Plans start at 1GB a month for $40 plus $45 per device up to 20GB for $200 plus $30 per device. The new plans won’t affect AT&T’s current device upgrade policy and existing customers who wish to switch over to a shared data plan can do so without fear of extending their contract. Grandfathered unlimited data plans are not being wiped out either in case you were wondering. (Take that, Verizon!)

New iOS 6 Beta Hints That AT&T May Charge For FaceTime Over 3G

ios6facetimeWhen Apple announced at WWDC that FaceTime would (officially) work over cellular data networks, the company deftly avoided offering up much in the way of details. Now that iOS 6 beta 3 has been released into the wild though, a clearer picture of how Apple and their carrier partners will handle the situation is beginning to emerge.

The folks at 9to5mac discovered last night that attempting to enable FaceTime over 3G on an AT&T iPhone running on the most recent iOS 6 beta would bring up an interesting little message: To enable FaceTime over cellular on this account, contact AT&T at 611 or visit http://www.att.com/wireless. It looks an awful lot like AT&T is planning to charge customers for using FaceTime over 3G, though the revelation isn’t particularly out of character.

AT&T To Offer Exclusive Pink Lumia 900 Starting On July 15

lumia-pinkIf you thought the standard black, white, and cyan Lumia 900s just weren’t eye-catching enough, you may want to keep your schedule clear this Sunday.

Nokia confirmed earlier this year that they would spice up their flagship Lumia 900 line with a splash of magenta, but at the time they were awfully coy about when the device would actually ship. That’s thankfully no longer the case — according to a new post on the Nokia Conversations blog, AT&T will begin taking orders for the rosy Lumia 900 starting on July 15.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II To Get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update On June 26

icecreamsandwichAfter a moment of brief availability on Samsung’s Kies desktop software, AT&T recently pulled the Android 4.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II. But it would appear that the dark days are over, as AT&T has just announced on its consumer blog that Ice Cream Sandwich will indeed come to AT&T-powered Galaxy S IIs tomorrow.

Android 4.0 brings with it some pretty major improvements, including Face Unlock, easier multitasking, flexible widgets (which Samsung offers anyways, but whatevs), customizable notifications, a data usage app, and Android Beam.

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: This Is The Phone You’ve Been Waiting For

IMG_5268The Samsung Galaxy S III is the Android phone of the moment and in many ways it lives up to the hype. Plenty of folks are excited to see this thing hit store shelves. Our take? They won’t be disappointed.

Stellar software features paired with a beautiful display and specs that can compete with anything else on the market makes the Galaxy S III nothing short of a total delight. Physically it’s not much of a looker – the plastic case feels a bit chintzy – but generally you’re looking at the best of the best.

AT&T To Launch The $99, LTE-Capable Sony Xperia ion On June 24

xperiaion1Though an errant Google ad gave away some of the surprise a few weeks back, AT&T has just announced that the Sony Xperia ion will be hitting all of the carrier’s sales channels on June 24 for $99 with a two-year contract.

Sony Mobile fans with a hankering for some high-speed data will be glad to know (or be reminded) that the Gingerbread-powered Xperia ion is the company’s first LTE smartphone to land here in the States.

AT&T’s Updated ‘Toggle’ Service Lets More Employees Use Their Own Devices At Work

toggleAT&T revealed their intention to jump on the bring-your-own-device enterprise bandwagon with their business-friendly Toggle service last October, which thoughtfully allowed users to segregate their personal and work content on their smartphones or tablets.

Now the company has announced a handful of new updates to the service to make it a more appealing option for companies and IT departments looking to ride the BYOD wave.