At AT&T’s Developer Summit, the company, in conjunction with Motorola and Nvidia, announced an intriguing new 4G phone that combines higher data rates with some intriguing new docking properties.
Formerly code-named Project Denver, the new phone is named the Atrix 4G and sports nVidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch screen, 1GB of system memory and 16GB of storage (expandable to 32GB).
The so-called “superphone” (AT&T’s phrasing, not ours) runs Android 2.2 and features two docking systems that allow it to function as 1) a home theater media server and 2) an almost fully-functioning laptop.
We’ll have more information on this phone as we get hands-on time with at CES tomorrow.
The lawyers at AT&T have got fantastic job security. Last year, the telco giant was sued over ringtones, internet speeds, and lack of features. The first AT&T lawsuit of 2010 could be a doozie: charging its customers fake taxes.
Yep, you heard it right. AT&T has been collecting sales tax on its iPhone users’ data plans, which is a no-no according to the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. The act bans most taxes on internet access, which arguably includes the iPhone data plan, until the legislation is up for renewal in 2014. However, like any other law, it can be (and is) interpreted and enforced in different ways throughout the country.
The lawsuit has been filed in Georgia, Indiana, and Alabama where an individual agreed to bring the complaint to a judge. The lawyers at Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson and Gorny hope the judge certifies the case as a class action lawsuit, which will get far more people involved.
AT&T announced today that they’ll be enabling the use of VOIP on their 3G network specifically for the iPhone. Skype was extremely excited to hear the news given that 10% of all iPhone and iPod touch users have downloaded the Skype application.
The announcement was initially released by AT&T in an FCC filing, soon to be published, explaining that they will open their 3G network to internet calling applications, including Skype.
It should be interesting to see where this leaves the much debated Google Voice application, rejected from the Apple App store earlier this year. While AT&T’s decision isn’t as sustainable as a government policy, it should put significant pressure on other carriers to allow similar network access.
The latest version of the iPhone has been unlocked, using the same trick as was used on the original iPhone. It involves using a special SIM card adapter that makes the phone think it's on an approved network. TechGuru, a Brazilian blog, posted the first report and Gizmodo checked the process out and confirmed it.
So Apple and ATT are foiled again. I have to wonder if they even really cared, since folks were able to use the exact same method to unlock the phones as was used on the original iPhone. They may have felt it was just inevitable that the phone would be hacked again.
The debate is firing up if ‘carrier exclusives’ are a good or bad thing. Some argue that without official carrier support, some of the greatest features like Visual Voicemail wouldn’t exist. Other’s want to be able to be able to use the iPhone in areas where ATT doesn’t offer service and feel the iPhone should be available to whatever carrier they want to use it on. Where do you stand?