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Amazon’s Kindle 3G+WiFi with Special Offers price drops to $139 due to AT&T sponsorship

Considering how much competition Kindle got lately from both Nook Color and the new touch eReaders launched in the last several months, Amazon needed something to bring some enthusiasm to their Kindle eReaders. One of the most appreciated measures is cutting the price and this is what they did – thanks to a deal with AT&T, you can now buy the Amazon Kindle 3G + WiFi version with Special Offers for a very low $139 that includes free 3G for life from AT&T (and also works globally). It works well, you can also access e-mails, tweets and Facebook for free together with Wikipedia and the latest news.

Special Offers is a program created by Amazon to bring ads to their eReaders, and it proved to be successful so far. The launch offers were actually quite good, the ads never interfere with your reading, only showing as screensavers, but, based on the latest numbers, the customers just appreciate more universal tablets instead of dedicated eReaders with Barnes & Noble Nook Color becoming the best seller eReader in the first quarter of this year. Amazon will also launch two Android tablets in the fall, including an industry first, a quad core device.

Deal of the Day – $0.01 – Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone at Amazon

If you are on the market for a nice smartphone, Amazon has this Motorola Atrix 4G AT&T Android Smartphone for only $0.01 with free shipping. You’ll need activation (a new line for example) or a new 2-year AT&T agreement.

This phone was already successfully rooted so even with AT&T you won’t have any issues in installing the Android Market / Amazon Android App Store / side load apk and use it any way you want it. This phone is a beast in terms of performance with a very high resolution screen (960 x 540), 1 GB RAM and dual core 1GHz CPU.

Here are the Motorola Atrix 4G technical specs:

  • 4″ qHD at 960 x 540 16M color capacitive touchscreen
  • Tegra 2 chipset
  • Dual-core 1GHz ARM A9, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP, A-GPS
  • 5MP camera capable of recording 720p
  • HSDPA 850/1900/2100, Android 2.2
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory, microSD expansion (up to 32 GB)
  • Google maps
  • HDMI audio/video output
  • up to 9 hours of talk time
  • AT&T 3G MicroCell Review – 2011

    Introduction

    I am a long time AT&T subscriber, not because I particularly love the company, but because in my area, the competition sucks even more in terms of signal strength and coverage. While AT&T’s signal is relatively decent outside the house, inside the strenght is atrocious, my iPhone 4 gets only 1 line and 50% of the time the call is dropped. I called AT&T many times to complain to no avail. You can imagine my surprise when I got a letter from AT&T a couple of weeks ago stating that they are having a promotion for a free 3G Microcell and I immediately jumped in the car and drove to my local AT&T store to get one. One our later, my new gadget was unpacked, installed and activated. I did use it for almost three weeks now and the conclusions are described in this AT&T 3G MicroCell Review. Read More…

    Apple iPad to sell in Verizon and AT&T stores this month

    iPad here, iPad there…you know the rest. In two successive announcements involving the immensely successful Apple tablet – iPad, both Verizon and At&T declared they’ll start selling it in their stores by the end of this month. Verizon will sell a combination – iPad and MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot for roughly the price of a 3G iPad – $629. For this price you’ll get the iPad WiFi 16GB model and the MiFi gadget. The 32GB will set you back $729 while the biggest brother 64GB version is a nice $829 (have you made your holiday shopping plans yet ?). The Verizon data plan for iPad, including 1GB monthly traffic is just $20 which is not that bad.

    On the AT&T side, you can find the 3G version starting October 28th, selling for about the same prices and including AT&T standard iPhone data plans and prices, the cheaper being $14.99 for 200MB of monthly traffic allowance included. As a bonus, AT&T also offers WiFi  access to their rather impressive 23,000 available WiFi Hot Spots.

    Netflix releases iPhone compatible application

    Netflix finally released an iPhone and iPod touch compatible application to the delight of many Netflix users around the country (including me).  Until today, only iPad featured Netflix for no specific reason other than the big screen???  What is really interesting is that it streams via 3G, not something I would have expected given Apple / AT&T reluctance to overload the already slow AT&T network…But maybe with the new data plans they figure out you’ll be the reluctant one in using the application.

    Anyway, the application is free, as expected so go ahead and download it. Screenshots after the break for the ones still not convinced. Read More…

    iPhone 4 pre-ordering day – a complete failure part II : order cancellation

    Well, to ensure that calling the iPhone pre-ordering day a disaster and a complete failure was not a mistake, AT&T literally took the proper steps to make it even more so. While it looks like AT&T and Apple managed to score an earth shattering 600,000 pre-orders, there were many more would be customers that left the store in frustration and anger after waiting for several hours in line without able to place an order. Then, there was the second category of unhappy customers that managed somehow to sneak a pre-order online and received an e-mail stating that they are out of luck because either AT&T wasn’t able to verify their information, or they exceeded the number of lines allowed. And, like that wasn’t enough, the date for fulfilling the pre-orders was pushed back to July 14th. I wanted to buy an iPhone for my wife’s birthday and now I cannot. Thank you AT&T :(. Thank you Apple. Next time, please choose more than one company!

    iPhone 4 pre-ordering day – a complete failure

    Today is the first day when you can pre-order the new iPhone 4. As expected for the new iteration of Apple’s beloved toy, the interest is huge and the people went in droves to AT&T stores and online to pre-order the new iPhone. Also as expected, our worst fears were realized: the AT&T archaic ordering system crashed leading to huge lines, waiting time of 2+ hours, breaches in security, accounts charged several times or for the wrong amount, or just a complete inability to order. Apparently, after several unsuccessful attempts to put the order through, the AT&T stores employees use the good old approach of writing manually the customer info and their credit cards data…

    My plan expires this months and I tried myself to joing the pre-ordering craze, with no results. The iPhone pre-ordering AT&T page is down with a message stating the system is being updated and the whole AT&T website feels very slow. I couldn’t even log in to my account.

    Update: I was able to finally log-in to my account after an hour, but the new iPhones are nowhere to be found. It might be because I am an AT&T Premiere customer, but why?

    Update2: At this point, I would advise everybody to postpone getting the upgrade until AT&T fixes their critical security issues. Reports are popping up all over the web describing cases of wrong user data exposed on AT&T website.

    Read More…

    AT&T ends unlimited data plan – starting June 7

    Claiming that they make Internet more affordable, AT&T basically kills the current unlimited data plan (for new customers or for the ones that are changing their plans). They are trying to sweeten their pill by offering access to their 20,000+ Wi-Fi hotspots, but we know better…What’s even worse, even if you actually pay for a data plan, tethering it will be $20/month on top of that, so if you want the luxury to use the now pitiful amount of data on your notebook, that’s it, $20 for the privilege. The new plans will start June 7 ,same time with the expected launch of iPhone 4G. Niceee…

    Read the details about each new plan after the break. Read More…

    AT&T improves their crappy iPhone reception inside your home – MicroCell is out


    It is finally happening. Starting next month you will be able to have better reception inside your home using the new MicroCell device. What is MicroCell ? Well, nothing more than a wireless access point for cell phones that will provide 3G voice and data services routed through your internet connection. So you basically pay for the Internet and to AT&T for their MicroCell just so you can have the privilege of using your phone inside your house…where everybody knows – reception sucks! At least mine does, and I don’t think I am alone.

    Let’s go into a bit of details:

    Starting last September, AT&T started to test MicroCell service in collaboration with Cisco (which also manufactures the hardware). MicroCell is basically a box similar in size with your wireless router which, will re-route your 3G and calls and data from your cell phones through your phone network. The price will be $150 per device. One MicroCell supports a maximum of 10 lines and 4 people in the house can use it simultaneously.
    This is all nice and fancy. The problem in my opinion though, is that AT&T is making you pay to improve their reception and to help reduce the usage of their spectrum. This strikes me as a bit unfair, but I am willing to bet that, if you call them and complain a lot about the reception quality inside your house, you can probably score one for free.