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Google shutters custom ‘My Case’ program for Pixels

Google launched it’s new mid-range handsets, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL during I/O 2019 with Snapdragon 670 processors and the all-important Pixel camera. As always, though, while the search giant gives with one hand, it takes with the other, and this time Google has quietly shuttered the ‘My Case’ custom case program that has […]

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OnePlus is ripping you off on headphones this year

Losing the headphone jack has been a hot topic for the last few years, with many phone makers getting caught in dumb lies or bad marketing. Nobody likes losing that universal port, and no manufacturer has really been able to do a good job of justifying it. Lots of people have conspiracy theories that it’s […]

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Vivo Z5x might be the longest lasting phone of 2019 with a 5000mAh battery

A very positive trend in the industry lately has been a move towards absolutely enormous batteries. Samsung seems to be pushing for batteries around 4000mAh to be more-or-less the standard for flagships, and several other OEMs follow suit. That’s good news for just about anyone that has actually used a smartphone in the past 10 […]

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Huawei phones will reportedly lose the Google Play Store and other Google services

Huawei has had a killer few years in the smartphone business, especially in the face of declining sales that are plaguing other tech giants like Apple and Samsung. Whatever trick Huawei has figured out, it’s worked well. But what would probably end that hot streak is losing access to Google Play and all related services. […]

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Creak, Shake, Rattle

With another week of experience using the OnePlus 7 Pro under their belt, Daniel Bader and Andrew Martonik have more to say about the sub-$700 flagship. They also talk about Samsung’s intended design changes for the Galaxy Fold.

Additionally, ASUS is previewing ZenFone 6 and some wild design concepts they explored. 5G is a little more real (but still not worth buying into), and President Trump has signed an order to protect the U.S. network infrastructure from ‘foreign adversaries’.

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Budget flagship Redmi K20 epic specs leak

Xiaomi’s spinoff brand Redmi is set to launch its first flagship imminently at a ‘flagship killing’ price, and new leaks reveal it will feature fantastic hardware. Since we first heard about Redmi’s working on a new value flagship there has been tangible excitement in the community, and with a new leak of the phone named […]

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AT&T Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (May 2019)

Many of you are likely familiar with the so-called “Big Four” wireless service providers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. A lot of people might assume that this is pretty much all there is when it comes to carrier choice in the US. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Most of the top-tier carriers offer their own prepaid services with different rate plans, phone selection, and support. Let’s take a look at one of them in particular: AT&T Prepaid.

About

Once known as GoPhone, AT&T Prepaid operates in the US using the same network as its tier-one brand and, for the most part, provides nearly identical coverage. One key difference is that there is no third party coverage in pockets of states such as Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska.

SEE ALSO: Verizon Prepaid Buyer’s Guide (May 2019)

AT&T Prepaid features include no annual contract, no credit check, and easy activation.

Rate Plans

AT&T Prepaid rate plans let subscribers go month-to-month with no long-term agreement or cancellation fees. Moreover, it does not charge for going over your allotted data; you receive “throttled” 2G  speeds on data for the remainder of the bill cycle.

The prices shown below are with automatic bill payment, or AutoPay. Rate plans may vary based on limited-time promotions.

  • $30/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 1GB of high-speed data
  • $40/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with 8GB high-speed data
  • $55/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data
  • $75/month: Unlimited Talk and Text with unlimited high-speed data

A limited-time promotion sees AT&T offering 8GB of extra data on the $40 plan, essentially doubling the data. For many people this is virtually unlimited data.

Mobile hotspot/tethering is available to most of the plans. There are other features available for the various plan, including unlimited calls and text to Mexico and Canada or usage in Mexico and Canada. Those on the 1GB or 8GB plans who do not use the allotted amount will be able to roll it over to the next month.

What’s the difference between the two unlimited plans? For the extra money you’ll pick up 10GB of mobile hotspot.

AT&T Prepaid offers add-ons such as international calling and monthly data plans for tablets and hotspots. Moreover, add-on data can be purchased in the event you hit your plan’s data threshold.

Multiple Lines

Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today AT&T Prepaid offers a discount on each line, when adding a line of service. Additionally, there’s also a discount for AutoPay, automatic bill payment. It’s possible to mix and match plans based off of individual data needs.

Handset Selection

Taking a look at the current lineup of phones offered through AT&T Prepaid we find familiar names from brands like LG, Motorola, and Samsung as well as those from Alcatel and ZTE.

As one might expect, the overall selection pales in comparison to the standard AT&T brand and skews toward affordability instead of power. For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified restored.

Bring Your Own Device

You can often use your current phone to AT&T Prepaid, especially if it was previously paired with the standard AT&T service. Contact your current service provider to see if you can unlock your phone for usage on AT&T.

We’re also seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for AT&T and its Prepaid bands sold direct to consumer. Examples include models from Motorola, Blu, Essential, and Samsung.

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Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablets keep their cheap price but deliver some key upgrades

Amazon has announced a refresh of their Fire 7 tablets, which will be officially available in a couple of weeks on June 6th. These new tablets stick to the same tried-and-true design that Amazon loves, and they’re still only going to be $49. But they do offer some key upgrades over the older tablets that […]

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Google Pay will leverage cashback programs in Android apps to capture India’s market share

India is a very hot market for Google, and they’ve deployed a ton of strategies specifically to stay successful in the country. Those strategies don’t always make sense in western markets, but they’ve done wonders to help Google stay competitive in one of the fastest growing places for smartphones on the planet. Their next plan […]

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Sony’s Xperia Ace continues the Xperia Compact trend, but only in Japan

Sony has announced the Xperia Ace, but for right now it’s only destined for Japan. That might be a downer for some potential buyers because this looks like the closest thing we’ll get to a newer Xperia Compact phone, but there’s always hope that it’ll bleed over into other markets if it sells well. So […]

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