AT&T rolls out Marshmallow update for its ZTE ZMAX 2

AT&T first started selling the ZTE ZMAX 2 way back in September 2015. Back then, the phone came with Android 5.1 installed out of the box. This week, well over a year later, AT&T has started rolling out an update to the phone that finally upgrades the OS to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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The download for this update is pretty large; it has a file size of 1.1GB. That means owners without an AT&T unlimited plan will definitely want to grab this Marshmallow update via a Wi-Fi connection. Also, the ZTE ZMAX 2 only has 16GB of on-board storage, so it’s more than possible that owners will have to delete some apps, videos and podcasts so it can have enough free space to download and install the update.

Aside from the upgrade to Marshmallow, AT&T says this update has the November 2016 security updates from Google. Be aware that it may take a few days for the update to show up on your specific device.

As a reminder, the ZTE ZMAX 2 also has a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and a 3,000mAh battery. AT&T is currently selling it as part of its prepaid GoPhone lineup for $59.99.

AT&T introduces Call Protect service to help customers avoid nuisance calls



AT&T has launched a new scheme which aims to give its HD Voice customers more control over the calls made to their phones.

AT&T Call Protect introduces several protective features including “automatic fraud blocking”, which is said to reduce the chances of customers becoming the victim of scams. AT&T says it can prevent malicious calls at the network stage before they reach a person’s phone.

“Suspected spam call warnings,” meanwhile, can be used to highlight potentially harmful calls on the incoming call screen: allowing customers to choose whether or not they answer.

“Nuisance calls are an industry-wide problem that unfortunately affect many people,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of Device and Network Services Marketing at AT&T. “AT&T Call Protect, along with others, will help put customers more in control of the calls they receive.”

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There are several limitations on the features however, including the possibility that AT&T will inadvertently block wanted calls, though AT&T said the specific fraud blocking settings can be adjusted.

The free Call Protect service, as well as additional features like temporary call blocking, can be accessed by downloading the Call Protect mobile companion app.

For the full terms and conditions, visit AT&T’s call protect page, and visit if you suspect you’ve already been targeted by such calls.

AT&T offers Samsung, LG and Apple BOGO deals with $650 free credit for switchers

AT&T is at it again with more buy-one-get-one-free deals on phones ranging from the Galaxy S7 to the iPhone 7 to the LG G5. It’s the standard deal you’d be familiar with: buy both devices at full price on an AT&T Next or Next Every Year plan and receive monthly bill credits on the second device to the tune of $695. Naturally, you can pay for the cost of each device on monthly instalments.

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If you’re willing to switch to AT&T for the deal, you can also pick up $650 worth of bill credits to offset the cost of breaking your existing carrier contract. Of course, if you sign up fresh with AT&T without having to break a prior contract, those bill credits can simply offset your monthly bill.

Do note that you will have to pay the tax due on both devices upfront and it might take two or three monthly cycles to see the monthly credits applied to your bill. At that time you’ll also be credited for any device device payments you may have already made.

You’ve got until December 24 to take advantage of the deal and read through AT&T’s voluminous fine print. There are also a host of other deals, bundles and offers on various AT&T devices, so keep an eye out for them as well.

Will you be picking up a new Android phone this holiday season? What’s the phone to beat?

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge: Android update tracker [UPDATE: Vodafone AU testing Nougat]

Updated post (December 16, 2016) – Vodafone Australia has listed Android Nougat for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in its weekly software wrap-up. The post, published on December 15, lists Android Nougat as “testing in progress” for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, though it doesn’t offer an ETA for when it might officially roll out. Other software updates referenced in the wrap-up are listed as either “rolling out now” or “awaiting new software” following issues found during testing.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update

Samsung is yet to officially roll out the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge Android Nougat update but it is currently running beta progams to aid the software’s development. Samsung said these would run until mid-December, with the final Nougat build being deployed sometime later. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will skip Android 7.0 and be upgraded straight to Android 7.1.1.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

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Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge: Android update tracker [UPDATE: Vodafone AU testing Nougat]

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Austrailia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update wrap-up. States “testing in progress”, but doesn’t provide an ETA.

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T-Mobile is giving a free year of DirecTV Now to AT&T customers who switch


Are you an AT&T customer? Are you currently unhappy with AT&T? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of those questions, T-Mobile might have an enticing deal for you.

T-Mobile is giving AT&T customers who switch to the Un-carrier a free year of DirecTV Now, AT&T’s recently launched TV streaming service. In all, this is a $420 value.

Of course, there are a few caveats to consider first. To be eligible for the deal, AT&T customers will need to activate two lines of service on a T-Mobile ONE plan. Customers will then receive a $35 credit on their bill each month for a full year, as long as the two lines stay active. For more details on the promotion, head on over to T-Mobile’s support page.

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If you’re not keen on jumping on a T-Mobile ONE plan, there still may be an option for you. Simple Choice customers will be happy to hear that T-Mobile has added DirecTV Now to Binge On, which means you won’t use any of your mobile data to stream DirecTV Now.

Interested in learning more about any of these promotions? Head to the source link below for the details.

AT&T to refund more than $88 million to customers for unauthorized charges



Back in 2014, the FTC cracked down on AT&T for placing unauthorized third-party charges on its customers’ phone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming”. On average, the company charged its users $9.99 per month for ringtones and text message subscriptions containing love tips, horoscopes and fun facts, without their consent. AT&T kept 35 percent of the money, while the rest went to Tatto and Acquinity, the two other companies involved.

AT&T already settled the case in 2014 and will now start issuing refunds totalling over $88 million, which represents the most money ever returned to consumers in a mobile cramming case. The refunds will be issued within the next 75 days to more than 2.5 million current and 300,000 former AT&T customers. According to the FTC, the average refund amount is $31.

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AT&T received a high volume of complaints related to mobile cramming prior to the FTC and other federal and state agencies stepping in on consumers’ behalf. I am pleased that consumers are now being refunded their money and that AT&T has changed its mobile billing practices. — Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman.

The 2.5 million current AT&T users will receive a credit on their bill within the next 75 days, while the 300,000 former customers will get a check in the mail, which has to be cashed within 60 days.

Are you happy to see that the FTC has stepped in on consumers’ behalf and made sure that they get refunded? Let us know down below.

AT&T starts testing its 5G network in the field



5G is coming.

In February of this year, AT&T announced that it was getting ready to push its new generation of networking technology into the wild. This week, the company announced that it has officially begun working with Intel and Ericsson to bring 5G of of the lab and into a realistic testing environment.

The company says they are using millimeter wave technology to power the 5G experience. This technology is said to be up to 40 times faster and reach 4 times as far as current 4G technologies, and AT&T is saying they are able to achieve speeds of over 1 gigabit per second. These are absolutely astronomical speeds, and if brought into the consumer sector, would revolutionize the way we get information. AT&T says that with their new 5G tech, a consumer could download an entire TV episode in as little as 3 seconds.

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AT&T says the trial will test multiple use cases for its gigabit internet. They will be using internet access, VPN, Unified Communications applications, and 4K video streams to show just what the network can do, and is hoping to revolutionize talk via new 15 and 28GHz spectrum VoIP.

Unfortunately, the company hasn’t given a time-frame as to when we can expect this technology to hit the market. Verizon is also actively moving towards testing their own 5G network, so at this point it is essentially a race to see who can get there first. One thing is for sure however, whoever does is going to have some serious bragging rights.

Are you excited for this new technology? Being able to access almost any information instantly is something I personally can’t wait for, and it will be an amazing day when we can download an entire TV show in an instant.

DirecTV Now streaming TV service launches for Android and Chromecast on November 30


AT&T officially enters the already crowded streaming TV service market on Wednesday, November 30 with the launch of DirecTV Now. Among many other platforms, the new service will be available on Android smartphones and tablets, along with support for Google Chromecast.

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Here’s the breakdown of the four channel packages and prices that will be available for interested DirecTV Now customers:

  • Live a Little – $35 / month (60+ channels)
  • Just Right – $50 / month (80+ channels)
  • Go Big – $60 / month (100+ channels)
  • Gotta Have it – $70 / month (120+ channels)

AT&T's 'Go Big' package will be just $35 for a limited time

However, for a “limited time”, AT&T will offer the “Go Big” package, which normally costs $60 a month for over 100 channels, for the price of just $35 a month. Customers who sign up for that promo price can continue to keep it for as long as they stay signed up for that package. In addition, customers can also add the HBO and Cinemax pay-TV networks to any of the four DirecTV Now plans for $5 a month each.

AT&T also announced that starting on Tuesday, November 29, LeEco will offer three months of free DirecTV Now service for people who purchase its Le S3 and Le Pro3 smartphones from the LeMall website. It will also offer a number of free months of service for people who purchase the company’s smart TVs from the same site, with the amount of free time depending on the model of TV.

DirecTV Now joins Sony’s PlayStation Vue and Dish’s Sling TV in the streaming TV service market in the US. Hulu has also announced plans to offer a similar service sometime in 2017.

AT&T also announced that its previously launched Fullscreen streaming video service, which normally costs $5.99 a month, will be free for any of its wireless phone customers for a year starting on November 30. Finally, AT&T will launch FreeVIEW, a free, ad-supported video service that will offer samples of its content from DirecTV Now, Audience Network and more.

AT&T customers can use Amazon Echo speakers to send messages on Nov. 18


Texting is sometimes a drag because, well, you have put some effort to use your fingers on a keypad after all. How about sending text messages with your voice? That’s what AT&T wants to offer its users who also own an Amazon Echo or Echo Doc connected speaker.

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The wireless carrier announced today that, starting on Friday, Nov. 18, it will release the AT&T Send Message skill for the Echo speakers. The new skill will allow users to ask Alexa (the digital assistant that’s part of the Echo speakers) to have AT&T text one of their contacts. Alexa will then ask the user to say the actual text message to be delivered to that contact. The new skill will let users add up to 10 frequent contacts. Keep in mind this new feature is only for qualified AT&T wireless customers so you are out of luck if you are using another carrier.

AT&T also announced today that both the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot speakers will be available to purchase at the carrier’s retail stores starting on Friday. The price for the larger Echo will be $179 while the much smaller Echo Dot will sell for $49.