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22Apr/110

New AT&T phone contracts dive in 1Q|Lastest Kindle News]

New AT&T phone contracts dive in 1Q
(AP:NEW YORK) AT&T Inc. used to draw in subscribers by the millions with the lure of the iPhone. Now, it's mostly selling iPhones to its own customers, who are trading up from other AT&T phones.
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20Apr/110

Blackberry Bridge software for the PlayBook blocked by AT&T

One of the biggest shortcoming with the just launched Blackberry PlayBook is its lack of native support for something as essential and basic as email, calendar, or contact apps. BlackBerry did address the situation with an app called BlackBerry Bridge which is needed to be installed in the BlackBerry phone and which will eventually open up the phone’s personal information management apps on the bigger screen of the PlayBook.

However, while BlackBerry has made available the bridge app for download right now, unfortunately it isn’t working on the At&T’s network. The reason that AT&T has put forward to justify this act of theirs is that they are still not finished with the testing of the app and until they are done with that, the app will remain blocked.

However, experts believe the real reason can be something altogether different. For BlackBerry Bridge doesn’t just allow the user to share the calendar, contacts, and other apps but the internet connection as well. Its the latter bit that might have irked the AT&T as they might not like the idea of users sharing their internet connection without making any contribution to the carriers coffers. So while free tethering is one aspect of the PlayBook that makes it stand apart from the rest out there, it won’t be overtly surprisingly if AT&T keeps the service blocked until they have come upon a means to charge extra for the service. Free tethering though is currently supported by all other carriers.

In the meantime, folks at crackberry has also come up a solution that will allow the bridge software to run on AT&T BlackBerry phones.

via mobiputing

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17Apr/110

Motorola XOOM for AT&T gets through FCC

Apr

17

By Sovy

Here are some facts coming from FCC that point to an AT&T version of the Motorola XOOM tablet to come our way soon enough. The reason why it isn’t too far off is that the tablet has already won approval from FCC for compatibility with GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA bands II and V (850 and 1900). Or to put it in simple terms, the tablet conforms to AT&T’s 3G band in the United States which if turns out to be the next iteration of the XOOM then will be the latest to join the Sprint’s WiMAX version of XOOM that seems pretty much confirmed as of now.


The FCC listing though mentions of a ‘wireless tablet‘ from Motorola that is referred to internally as IHDT56ME1. So if the wireless tablet that got the FCC certification is not another entirely new tablet that Motorola has developed in the meantime, it would be safe to assume the IHDT56ME1 is indeed the AT&T version of the XOOM that is expected to hit streets sometime soon.

There is no pricing or exact availability details that has come out in the open just yet.

via wirelessgoodness

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13Mar/110

iPad 2: Verizon & AT&T data prices revealed|Lastest Ipad News]

iPad 2: Verizon & AT&T data prices revealed
Verizon and AT&T have both revealed data pricing for the iPad 2, and there are a few surprises!
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9Mar/110

AT&T, Verizon iPad 2 data plans compared|Lastest Ipad News]

AT&T, Verizon iPad 2 data plans compared
With the original iPad, you had a simple choice to make: to 3G or not to 3G. But with the addition of Verizon 3G data options alongside those from longtime Apple partner AT&T, you now have to not only decide if you want 3G connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi, but which carrier you want service from as well.
Read more on Macworld via Yahoo! News

2Mar/110

3G Kindle at AT&T stores – Random House US goes ‘Agency’- Indie author’s $$$Sales

KINDLE NEWS March 1, 2011

AT&T WILL SELL THE 3G/WiFi KINDLE-3 AT STORES STARTING MARCH 6
This means you can "test drive" a Kindle 3 at any AT&T store soon, and there are about 2,200 AT&T stores.  Here is info from AT&T on this.

Also, they will carry ONLY the 3G model, not the WiFi one, since they provide the 3G cellular wireless, which is free for Kindle customers (and best used with text-oriented sites with slower E-Ink) and it's speculated by JPMorgan & Chase Co. analyst Philip Cusick that AT&T will get a few dollars per Kindle sale.  These will sell at the same price as from Amazon: 9.

RANDOM HOUSE ADOPTS APPLE'S "AGENCY" PLAN TODAY, FOR HIGHER E-BOOK PRICES
L. A. Times's Carolyn Kellogg reports that the last of the "Big 6" publishing houses is moving to the Agency model for e-books, which is noted most of all, by consumers, for its higher e-book pricing over the last year that it's been put in place.  Apple's iPad2 announcement tomorrow will probably include that Random House has been accepted into Apple's iBook store, rather than kept out because they would not accept the Agency model terms earlier.

  I mentioned other day that the Agency model and the pricing wars have less to do with the amount of immediate profit-taking than 'control' over the e-book market, which is threatening the paper-based book market and its profits - the main and admitted concern of the Big 6 publishers.
  As Random House put it:

' "Going forward, Random House will set consumer prices for the e‐books we publish, and we will provide retailers with a commission for each sale," Random House said in a statement.  The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms. We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships." '

  Translation: Apple is ultra-likely to announce Tuesday that Random House has come within the fold.

  Apple and Random House are said to have been in negotiations since December.  We can hope that Random House may choose to set lower prices than the Big5 did during the last year.  The American Booksellers Assn. gave "strong support" to the move.

RANDOM HOUSE UK WILL STAY OUTSIDE OF THE AGENCY DESPITE U.S. MOVE
Not surprisingly, to those following the UK scene, Random House's UK company is not going Agency.  The Office of Fair Trading ("OFT") launched an investigation into e-book pricing in February, and publishers outside the Agency model "said they would be more cautious about it while it was under review."

  The Amazon UK forum "Agency Pricing" message thread is still going strong (with 1727 posts since mid-October, and the last message, dated today, says:

' Posted on 1 Mar 2011 10:21 GMT
Izzy says:
Well I'm glad many of us emailed the OFT and that they are looking into it because Random House US is going agency too, but not Random House UK... phew.  It's very unlikely that any UK publishers will switch to agency while it's under investigation. '

They have been comparing pricing and ways to bring e-book pricing back to what made sense to them as Kindle owners until the Agency plan started taking hold even there.

INDIE AUTHOR AMANDA HOCKLING SELLS 450,000 BOOKS (99% ARE E-BOOKS) IN JANUARY.
That's sort of old news, courtesy of USA Today on February 9, but the story has been picked up more in the last couple of weeks and while I won't name the online zines that had so much "misinformation" in them (Amanda Hocking's word), including the misspelling of her name several times in one article as well as statements that she receives 70% of a sale for 99-cent books (not true, it's 35% for books under .99), it's been time-consuming to try to get more factually-based info.  But we have access to her blog for that.

Her success in sales should be given some attention by the Big 6 publishers in connection with their favored higher-ebook-pricing Agency plan.  They tend to insist that no one will be 'discovered' without their help.

According to the USA Today article, she started self-publishing in March, was selling hundreds of copies by May and thousands by June, at prices between 99c and .99.

' "More astounding: This January she sold more than 450,000 copies of her nine titles. More than 99% were e-books."
. . .
In fact, Hocking is selling so well that on Thursday, the three titles in her Trylle Trilogy (Switched, Torn and Ascend, the latest) will make their debuts in the top 50 of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list.

A recent survey shows 20 million people read e-books last year, and more self-published authors are taking advantage of the trend. '

  To see Amanda Hocking's list of facts to offset the misinformation online, see the 'Misinformation and Corrections' entry at her blog.

  Essentially, she is 26, has published eight books and one novella, "so there are nine works that you can purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Smashwords."
  She was never traditionally published and still has not been traditionally published.
  Hocking first published two books in April 15, 2010 and in less than a year, she's "sold over 900,000 copies of over nine different books."
  Has been on the USA Today Bestseller list but not the NY Times List.
  She has an interview with Elle that will be in the April issue and is due to be interviewed by Better TV in late March.
  She writes "young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy, mostly."

  Her Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for a film and is "a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas."
  On the other hand, her latest, Hollowland, IS a zombie urban fantasy, a bit more gritty than her previous books but romance remains part of the mix.  It already has 83 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars.  I have no idea why zombies are so 'in' these days and will add that's not a draw for me, but I do like that she has used a background of very-early writing focus and years of serious classes in writing and has exploded on the scene, enjoyed by many paying-customers despite no help whatsoever from the traditional large publishers.  Read her blog to see the avenues she uses for getting the word out.
  Here's her Amazon Author page.

EARLIER BLOG ARTICLE ON AUTHORS AND KINDLE PUBLISHING
Authors and Kindle Publishing.

EARLIER BLOG ARTICLES ON THE E-BOOK PRICING WARS, WITH SOURCING
A Kindle World Blog history of articles on the e-book pricing wars

Kindle 3's   (UK: Kindle 3's),   DX Graphite


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    Also, UK customers should see the UK store's Top 100 free bestsellers.

1Mar/110

Amazon Kindle 3G to be sold in AT&T stores March 6

kindle 3g

Amazon in the last calender year has gone to great lengths to get its flagship Kindle e-Readers in a retail setting. They ironed out agreements with mainly USA stores such as Staples, Bestbuy and Target and now have coerced At&T to stock its Kindle 3G e-readers in all of their retail locations nationwide.

Starting March 6 2011 you will be able to visit most locations of AT&T and get the 3G model, but the cheaper WIFI only edition will not be seen. The popular Kindle 3 Graphite is quickly becoming one of the most impressive e-readers on the market, allowing for faster page turns, social networking and a slew of other features. This is one of the most highly updated e-readers in Amazon history, issuing updates almost every month to enhance the capabilities of the device. Part of the reason of the success of the new Kindle, is that it slimmer then previous iterations and uses a e-Ink Pearl screen to get better resolution.

“We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”

The Amazon Kindle 3G will maintain the same price point as found online, for 9.00 you can have yours today! Also if you live outside of the USA, try our retail partner Shop e-Readers for international shipping of the Kindle 3G, Kindle WIFI and Kindle DX.

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1Mar/110

Amazon Kindle 3G to be sold in AT&T stores March 6

kindle 3g

Amazon in the last calender year has gone to great lengths to get its flagship Kindle e-Readers in a retail setting. They ironed out agreements with mainly USA stores such as Staples, Bestbuy and Target and now have coerced At&T to stock its Kindle 3G e-readers in all of their retail locations nationwide.

Starting March 6 2011 you will be able to visit most locations of AT&T and get the 3G model, but the cheaper WIFI only edition will not be seen. The popular Kindle 3 Graphite is quickly becoming one of the most impressive e-readers on the market, allowing for faster page turns, social networking and a slew of other features. This is one of the most highly updated e-readers in Amazon history, issuing updates almost every month to enhance the capabilities of the device. Part of the reason of the success of the new Kindle, is that it slimmer then previous iterations and uses a e-Ink Pearl screen to get better resolution.

“We’re excited to work with AT&T to offer Kindle 3G to AT&T customers across the country,” said Mike McKenna, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle 3G because of its light weight, battery life of up to one month, and advanced paper e-ink display that works in direct sunlight. Customers love being able to think of a book and be reading it in less than 60 seconds thanks to AT&T’s wireless network.”

The Amazon Kindle 3G will maintain the same price point as found online, for 9.00 you can have yours today! Also if you live outside of the USA, try our retail partner Shop e-Readers for international shipping of the Kindle 3G, Kindle WIFI and Kindle DX.

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28Feb/110

Kindle 3G is coming to AT&T stores

It turns out that the Kindle is getting another retail outlet. Amazon issued a press release this morning announcing it was going to begin selling the 3G version of the device in AT&T’s retail stores nationwide. These stores currently sell feature phones, smartphones, and other devices that work with AT&T’s network, so it’s not too surprising they would decide to add the Kindle. (The 3G version, at least. The wifi-only version was not mentioned in the press release.) Though it’s a little ironic that, unlike every other product AT&T stores sell, the Kindle comes with free 3G for life rather than a soul-mortgaging contract.

As with Best Buy’s Kindle sales, the AT&T-sold Kindle will cost the same 9 retail price as the version you get via Amazon. The fact that Amazon is widening its retail presence, and thus losing a chunk of cash to middlemen from even more sales, could suggest that the price is coming down enough that perhaps Amazon might be inclined to go even further later this year, using discounted or free Kindles to entice more people to sign up for Amazon Prime.

Or I could be reaching. We’ll just have to see.

24Feb/110

Dell Streak AT&T, Rogers versions will have FroYo update

Feb

24

By Sovy

Here is some good news for Dell Streak owners, though it has been long overdue. The upgrade to the more advanced Android 2.2 Froyo is now finally available on the Streak running on the AT&T and Rogers Canada network. The notification should be coming soon and the upgrade will be available over the air.

Also, with the upgrade to the more recent Android 2.2, there are a host of features that will benefit the user experience. There will be an overall improvement in performance of the smartphone/Tablet combo, including a longer battery life. The coming of the Android Froyo will also make the Streak compatible with Adobe Flash 10.1 along with an enhanced Microsoft Exchange support.

The phone dialer will be more responsive than before. The Streak can also be able to operate as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and will have live wallpapers. With the Froyo on board, the Streak will now open up to apps such as the native Twitter client, Skype for Android and the Firefox Beta browser.

You will have more info about the upgrade here.

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