The second biggest wireless carrier in America is currently working to restore FaceTime for subscribers of its GoPhone unlimited plan. AT&T, however, still has not revealed the cause of the disruption.
A week ago, the mobile operator had introduced a $60 per month unlimited data option for customers of its GoPhone brand, and the plan included voice calls, text messaging, and data, but connection speeds are throttled at 3 mbps. A number of GoPhone customers, however, have already noticed that their new plan does not have support for Apple’s video calling feature on AT&T’s network.
Microsoft has announced that it is planning to sell its feature phone division to a subsidiary entity belonging to Foxconn in a deal worth $350 million. Such a deal will also cause Nokia to make a long awaited return to releasing mobile phone products, something which it did really well almost a decade ago.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment. As spotted by a Neowin reader, it appears that the software giant has already released an internal beta for the Mobile Upgrade Advisor for Windows 10.
Fans of Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system have been clamoring for a smartphone that would become the true face of the platform. But truth be told, the current available Windows 10 smartphones out there, most notably Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, as good as their specifications are, still leave some things to be desired. And it does not help that Microsoft seem to be reducing its efforts in promoting the flagship devices. For instance, during an event held in October of last year, the company appear to be putting more emphasis on its Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book laptop.
When it comes to releasing smartphones, Microsoft has not had much success. The company may still be considered a giant in the software industry, but establishing a solid presence in the smartphone industry has proven to be a far harder task. It has only been barely over a month since Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, but these devices are just not killing it in terms of sales.
Microsoft has stated that it is currently coordinating with various wireless carriers in order to test the software updates for Window 10 Mobile, the company’s new mobile operating system. Microsoft will then use the feedback generated from the testing to further fine tune the updates, but ultimately, the company has the final say in scheduling the rollout of the software updates, based on input from the wireless carriers as well as those signed up under the Windows Insider program.
During a press conference held in the city of New York, Microsoft officially introduced a couple of new flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, which will be made exclusively available from AT&T in the United States. As its name implies, the Lumia 950 XL is a phablet variant of the Lumia 950.
Alcatel OneTouch has announced that it is planning to manufacture a smartphone that runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system, which had launched more than a month ago on tablets and personal computers. As explained by Steve Cistulli, senior vice president of Alcatel OneTouch for North America, the China based phone maker will be introducing a Windows 10 handset before the end of 2015.
Last July 29th of this year, Microsoft officially made Windows 10, its latest operating system, available to the public. As for Windows 10 Mobile, the version of Windows 10 that is designed and optimized for mobile phones -- it will be coming soon.
To help mobile users prepare, especially those who own mobile devices that run on Windows, Microsoft has released an initial list of Lumia handsets that will get Windows 10 Mobile first. It should be noted that the arrival of Windows 10 Mobile will be made by way of a free software upgrade, and it will happen sometime later this year.
It is now official. After some rumors and even a few denials from the company itself, the once dominant phone maker Nokia is indeed making a return to making mobile devices next year -- well, sort of. For now, a Microsoft contract clause is preventing the Finnish company from placing its branding on mobile devices, but by the time 2016 rolls in, that stipulation should expire and will no longer apply.
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