AT&T rolls out mobile security software for smartphones

AT&T Mobile Security for businessesWith our world now revolving and relying heavily on our mobile devices, individuals who prey on people’s stupidity and at the same time lackadaisical way to protect sensitive information from getting to the hands of these people are given an easy job to do so.

Well, AT&T is trying to protect their consumers by offering them a subscription-based app to protect their mobile devices against viruses and malware.

Dubbed as AT&T Mobile Security, it will be offered to businesses as of the moment. But AT&T is planning to roll it out to all their consumers next year.

Telecommunication companies have been trying to provide their consumers with other value added services. In fact AT&T recently launched a service that translates foreign language SMS messages to a language of your choice, this was achieved using texting software from ultrasmsscript.com.

A number of anti-virus programs have been providing services, whether free or paid, to smartphone owners. Still, mobile devices, most especially those who run on Android, are still prone to being infected by malwares and viruses.

McAfee, a popular security software firm found out that there are about 4,500 new malwares specimens and about 13,000 malware samples, human resources software tools are very important when it comes to having success in business.

What’s your experience with your mobile security software and does it detect malwares?

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HTC One X+ and One VX launched exclusively on AT&T

While Samsung’s strategy is to hit every carrier and every market possible, HTC is quite content with making themselves exclusively desirable for AT&T users in the US. The 2nd largest carrier in the US has once again arrived at an exclusivity deal with HTC’s latest products.

AT&T once held the HTC One X as an exclusive for their network. Now, the HTC One X+ and the HTC One VX join the ranks of the carrier’s exclusive HTC phones.

The HTC One X+ is the upgraded version of the HTC One X. This phone makes use of Quad core technology despite the fact that it will be running on AT&T’s vast LTE network. Much like the HTC One X, the new unit also has a 4.7 inch display, which is just a notch smaller than the rival Galaxy S3. It sports an 8 megapixel camera at the back, with improved low light capabilities from its predecessor.

It also comes with Google’s new Android Jelly Bean, which means the new phone will be able to make use of the Jelly Bean’s exclusive features, such as Project Butter and Google Now. It is one of the very few phones of today to come out of the box with Jelly Bean installed.

The new HTC One X+ is built to last longer thanks to the Tegra 3 processor’s power saving 5th core, and the expansion of the phone’s battery capacity to 2100 mAh. Unfortunately, even though the processor was upgraded, the RAM remains the same at 1 GB. The upside is that the new Jelly Bean powered phone has a whopping 64 GB of internal memory right out of the box for the default package.

HTC is also launching a smaller phone aimed for those on a lower budget. The HTC One VX performs well under pressure with a tried and tested dual core Snapdragon processor. It is basically a shrunk HTC One X, maintaining the top of the line features like Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC technology.

The 4.5 inch display is still very generous, giving you enough space to manage your tasks. The new HTC One VX comes with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but a Jelly Bean update is promised for the future.  A smaller display uses less power, so the phone is only built with an 1810 mAh rated battery.

The HTC one VX only has 8 GB of internal storage, but you can expand the memory further with a micro SD card. Both phones come with Beats Audio, so you can be sure of the sound quality for both devices.

AT&T nabbed a couple of good phones for the holiday season. The HTC One X+ is certainly a promising phone, being AT&T’s first quad core LTE device. For those who want something smaller than the HTC One X, yet still be able to perform heavy duty tasks, the HTC One VX fits the bill quite well.

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AT&T unveils new $65 Plan and $99 smartphone

AT&T is offering their subscribers a new way to own a smartphone that is not heavy on the pocket. A new rate plan option will be rolled out by the telecom company in the next few days that promises to be a great deal.

This new Monthly Unlimited Plan with Data gives its subscribers a 1 GB of data with unlimited calls and texts for only $65 per month. The unlimited texting offer includes messages sent to about 100 overseas destinations.

Though this isn’t AT&T’s cheapest plan, the company still continues to offer the $50 and $25 monthly plan, which is the cheapest package when we talk about unlimited texting and calls are concerned with a 1 GB data usage.

AT&T will also unveil their latest smartphone rate with the GoPhone’s latest Android device, the AT&T Fusion 2. Those of you who would want to own an affordable smartphone and access your  email, apps and the Web, then this phone is for you.

For only $99, you can have the AT&T Fusion 2 smartphone and enjoy its features.

According to vice president for Voice and Prepaid Products of AT&T Judy Cavalieri, “As more of our prepaid customers choose smartphones, we wanted to offer them a rate plan that meets their needs while still being an excellent value.”

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Are all Verizon’s iPhone 5 unlocked?

Want to own an unlocked version of the iPhone 5? Look no further, as Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog found out that his new iPhone 5 which comes under contract with Verizon is unlocked.

He tried this by removing his Verizon SIM and replaced it with a cut down version of this AT&T Micro SIM. He was surprised to find out that his new iPhone 5, which he thought was Verizon locked, worked well with his AT&T SIM card.

Usually, smartphones that come with a contract from a telecommunication network are locked with that network. So, a Verizon locked smartphone wouldn’t work with an AT&T SIM and vice versa.

Last April, a Verizon representative called the iPhone 5 as a “Global Device”.

Taking a hint, this might not be a mistake for the company. Having an iPhone 5 that is contracted with their company that is unlocked might be their new way to entice businessmen who visit international countries frequently to use a Verizon iPhone 5, since they can easily swap in their SIM card of choice when they are in other countries.

iPhone 5’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S was released to have dual antennas so that it can be used in both American and European networks.

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AT&T has more iPhone users, Verizon has more Android users

Subscribers from different telcos in the United States have varied opinions when it comes to choosing a smartphone. Although when we speak about operating systems, Google’s Android clearly leads the way with a 52.2% share to the 33.4% share by Apple.

But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, who surveyed consumers that bought smartphones between June and August of this year, iPhone is more popular when clients choose AT&T.

At the same time, Verizon Wireless clients chose Android smartphones more frequent than that of the iOS device. Android smartphone has a slim lead from iPhone in Sprint and the Android is clearly the runaway winner in T-Mobile (which doesn’t carry the iPhone).

AT&T has been pushing  iOS or iPhone sales for years now and Verizon has been pushing Android handsets from their stores.

According to CIRP co-founder Michael Levin, as told to AllThingsD, “AT&T has clearly benefited from their early iPhone exclusivity. iPhones still account for more than half of their activations. Android makes up about a third, followed by a very small number of BlackBerrys and basic phones. Verizon has a more diversified operating system base. Android phones account for about half of activations there, iPhones about a quarter. They also activate a surprising number of basic phones.”

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iPhone 5 pre-order stocks sold out in Verizon Wireless and AT&T

Pre-orders for Apple’s new baby, the iPhone 5, have come and then gone. More and more people are now ordering their iPhone 5 through the Web and Apple’s iOS app store, which they say is the best place to purchase the device.

Rather than waiting for the iPhone 5 to hit the shelves on September 21, individuals went online to purchase their latest gadgets.

Verizon Wireless was the telecom company to sell out their iPhone 5. It is good to note that they have offered their clients an unlimited data plan. This may the primary reason as to why their stocks was the first to sell out.

On their website, they said that the delivery dates for their iPhone 5s will be on September 26. This goes out to all iPhone 5 colors and all variants.

AT&T on the other hand, sold out a few hours after Verizon. The reason might be because of their shared data plans. Shipping days may last from 14 to 21 business days.

Ordering through Apple’s website was difficult for some as a few reported that they were having difficulty getting in the site.

If you hate having to wait in line in Apple Stores and camping out just to get your hands on an iPhone 5, then keep your fingers crossed that you can still find a US carrier offering the iPhone 5.

Try Sprint if they still have some units.

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Verizon allows FaceTime use over data connection at no extra charge

Verizon Wireless has upped the ante for avid FaceTime users as the telecommunications firm said that using FaceTime over their data plans will not be charged. A big sigh of relief there for Verizon Wireless users.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “All Verizon Wireless customers will be permitted to use the data-intensive application with no additional charges, including those remaining on unlimited data plans.”

This comes as a big blow to AT&T and their subscribers as the company has previously decided, that although there won’t be any extra charges, but the data they will use will be subdivided into shared plans.

FaceTime used to be an app that only worked in WiFi connections. But on iOS 6, which runs the new iPhone 5, FaceTime can now be used in your network’s data connection.

Verizon Wireless subscribers fist pumped when they heard the news that they won’t be charged for extra when they use FaceTime.

Another telecom company has also come upfront to allow their subscribers to use FaceTime without paying an extra amount.

Sprint is also enabling their subscribers data usage for their FaceTime connection.

Verizon used to toy with the idea of shared data plans but has since pulled out from their shared data fantasies.

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T-Mobile to offer “truly unlimited” 4G data to clientele

T-Mobile is going to go against the tide joining Sprint, as the company announced that they will be offering unlimited data service to their customers.

Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile has decided to offer a “truly unlimited” 4G data plan that has “no data caps, speed limits or bill shock.”

You will be charged an extra $20 to your text plan and $30 when bundled together with your voice and text plan. The total bill for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited voice, text and 4G data could cost you as much as $89.99.

This is cheaper compared to AT&T’s 20 GB data plan. The latter charges you $200 per month when you add it to your unlimited text and voice calls. Sprint on the other hand is offering an unlimited data plan with unlimited text and calls for $110.

T-Mobile is hoping that this new unlimited data plan could further boost the number of their subscribers. They are currently lagging behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

4G LTE technology is coming to T-Mobile next year so be sure to include this in your decision before you sign up for this service.

This new unlimited 4G data plan will be available to US consumers beginning September 5.

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iPhone 4S price reduced. A prelude to the iPhone 5 release?

Is this another sign that a new model of iPhone is set to be unveiled anytime soon?

According to reports, American Telecom giant Sprint is slashing the price of its iPhone 4S down to $149 from the initial price of $199.

This looks like a prelude to the eventual release of the iPhone 5, which people believe could recapture the lost audience that Apple once had before Samsung released its flagship Galaxy S III.

According to AllThingsD, Sprint is the first carrier to slash the price of their iPhone 4S. AT&T and Verizon still lists their iPhone 4S at $199.

They added that Sprint has Apple’s permission to cut the price of their iPhone 4S.

CNET added that a spokesperson from Sprint told them that this price slash is a back to school promo and not because of an impending iPhone 5 release.

Apple is set to conduct a major event this September, but the company is mum as to what the event is all about. Speculations are plenty that this could be an announcement of the iPhone 5.

Whatever it is, Apple surely knows how to tweak people’s imaginations and if it truly is going to be a release of the iPhone 5, then this could score big for the Cupertino based company.

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AT&T cuts the price of the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate

Want to own a smartphone but are afraid to buy one, due to skyrocketing prices of this device?

Don’t fret! There are a number of affordable solutions out there for you and one is the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.

Exclusively distributed by AT&T, the company dropped the price of the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate from $49.99 to $29.99 for a two year lock in period.

The Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate is packed with features that are similar to T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.

The Exhilarate features a decent 5 MP camera with a gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED display.

Shooting video with the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate could be a great experience for the owne,r as the smartphone shoots in 720p HD video. This results to crisp and colorful videos devoid of blockiness and choppiness that you’d normally find in videos produced by lower echelon smartphones.

The Samsung exhilarate comes with a 2.5 GB of onboard storage which is expandable to 32 GB using a microSD card.

Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of Android Ice Cream Sandwich or a Jelly Bean OS, the Exhilarate may not be the smartphone for you as analysts are not expecting for it to have an OS upgrade.

But if you just want to own a smartphone that is not heavy on the pocket, then you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate.

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