AT&T beats Apple, kicks off pre-orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest carrier, on Friday morning started accepting pre-orders for Apple’s iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, both announced at yesterday’s media event. That came as a bit of surprise as Apple’s own webstore, which went offline more than three hours ago, was late to the game and came back online after AT&T had already started collecting reservations for the new devices. Read More

 

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders reportedly top 20 million in China

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2014

During a three-day period since the start of pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on October 10, Chinese carriers and e-commerce site Jingdong Mall (JD.com) have collected a combined total of an estimated 20 million units, according to a Tencent report [Google Translate] Monday relayed by Digitimes.

The country’s three leading wireless operators — China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom — have collected about ten million pre-orders while Jingdong Mall processed about 9.5 million pre-orders, of which 4.66 million are for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and 4.82 million are for the bigger 5.5-inch handset. Read More

 

Chinese carriers booked more than 2 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reservations in just 6 hours

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2014

Though Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus won’t officially launch in the Chinese market until later this month, the nation’s three mobile carriers have already managed to book more than two million reservations just six hours after opening their queues, according to ITHome and Sina reports [Google Translate] cited by AppleInsider.

What’s even more interesting, the vast majority of initial reservations have been 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in gold.

Given both models cost nearly $1,000, early demand proves again that colorful jumbo-sized handsets are all the rage in the 1.33 billion people market. Read More

 

Verizon says it won’t throttle LTE for unlimited data customers after all

By Cody Lee on Oct 1, 2014

It looks like Verizon Wireless won’t be throttling the LTE speeds of remaining unlimited data customers after all. In a statement to The Verge this afternoon, the carrier says it has “decided not to move forward with the planned implementation of network optimization for 4G LTE customers on unlimited plans.”

Verizon announced its plan to throttle LTE for select unlimited data customers in July, as part of its ‘network optimization’ strategy. The decision was met with a large amount of criticism from consumers, as well as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who demanded further explanation for the move from the carrier. Read More

 

Carrier wars: AT&T/Verizon/Sprint doubling LTE data on shared plans until October 31

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 1, 2014

Leading United States carriers — Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint — have responded to the release of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in literally the same manner, by doubling the amount of LTE data included in shared plans albeit on a temporary basis.

AT&T is doubling cellular data on 15GB and higher Mobile Share Value plans through October 31.

Sprint has responded by changing its 32/40/60GB Family Share Pack buckets to 60/80/120GB ones at no additional charge, also valid through October 31.

And arriving late to the party, Verizon is now getting in on the double-data action by increasing the amount of data available to customers who subscribe to its higher-end family plans. The Big Red carrier’s time-limited promotion lasts between tomorrow and — you guessed right — October 31.

Jump past the fold for additional information and the fine print. Read More

 

O2 customers can now purchase iTunes credit and have it charged to their wireless bill

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014

Telefónica-owned UK carrier O2 announced via a press release on Monday that its customers can now buy iTunes credit and have the purchase charged directly to their monthly wireless bill. Furthermore, customers can also purchase iTunes credit by taking it out of their Pay & Go phone credit.

The development is part of Charge to Mobile, an alternative method of payment already used by over a hundred merchants in the United Kingdom through O2’s online and mobile channels. Folks can use Charge to Mobile to pay for digital content, with O2 claiming that its customers have made over ten million transactions to date. Read More