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AT&T renames GoPhone to PREPAID, offers two months of service for free

America’s second largest carrier has finally ditched the old GoPhone brand for something a bit more self-explanatory: AT&T PREPAID.

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Best AT&T prepaid Android phones (June 2017)

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You may not believe it, but AT&T’s (now retired) prepaid brand GoPhone has been around since the 80s. While the carrier’s prepaid plans have undergone some serious (and much-needed) changes over the past few years, its confusing and antiquated name stayed the same. Well, today marks a new era: GoPhone is no more. Long live AT&T PREPAID!

AT&T’s prepaid plans have been a savior for me the past four years, especially when I’m traveling across various North American countries.

Although the name has changed, the plans themselves remain the same: for $ 65 a month ($ 60 with AutoPay), you get unlimited talk, text, and data (AT&T will throttle the speed after 22 GB). For $ 45 a month ($ 40 with AutoPay), you get unlimited talk and text as well as 6 GB of LTE data. Both of these plans include talk and text to, from, and within Canada and Mexico, and you get to use your data in those countries without extra roaming fees. I know that I’ve said it multiple times before, but AT&T’s prepaid plans have been a savior for me the past four years, especially when I’m traveling across various North American countries.

To top it off, the US carrier will be offering two months’ worth of free service to those who activate and keep a new PREPAID line on select plans for 12 months or more. If you open a new PREPAID account with AT&T after July 14, the company will essentially refund the amount you’ve paid for the 3rd and the 12th months after a year. If you have your own device and are looking for cheap phone plans that offer plenty of high speed data, look no further:

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge getting Nougat update on AT&T

Update, February 18: AT&T has begun its rollout of the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Weighing in at 1.6 GB, the update delivers all the usual Nougat features you’d expect as well as the February security patch from Google and some Samsung-specific changes. Those include removal of the AT&T Address Book, addition of Samsung Pass and Samsung Cloud and some network performance enhancements. T-Mobile also began its Nougat rollout for the S7 range on February 17.

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

Following a soak test in early January, on January 12 Samsung officially rolled out Nougat for unlocked international Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices that were enrolled in the beta program. A few days later on January 17, the update became available for all users (at least internationally – U.S. unlocked devices have still not been updated). The update then slowly creeped its way across Europe and India before making it to U.S. carriers in mid-February.

On December 20, the fourth Android Nougat beta updates for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rolled out OTA to those enrolled in the Galaxy beta program. Technically the fifth update (the other simply patched a crash issue with Facebook), the last beta’s main change was removing the Samsung Notes app and ditching the Samsung Experience interface name in the About Device settings.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge updates – US Android 6.0.1 Android 7.0 Android 7.11
Verizon Yes No Planned
AT&T Yes Yes Planned
T-Mobile Yes Yes Planned
Sprint Yes No Planned

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:

  • February 18, 2017, AT&T began the Nougat update roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • 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:

  • February 17, 2017, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to roll out Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • 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:

  • January 17, 2017: Nougat became available for all international unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges.
  • January 12, 2017: Samsung rolled out Nougat for international unlocked devices enrolled in the beta program.
  • January 4, 2017: Samsung began a limited soak test for the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge.
  • December 21: Vodafone Australia has confirmed that the Nougat version they’re testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Android 7.0 , not Android 7.1.
  • December 20: The fourth major beta update has rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program. The update removes the Samsung Notes app and a previous mention of the Samsung Experience interface.
  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Australia 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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AT&T HTC One M9 getting Android 5.1 Lollipop on July 15th


The Android 5.1 Lollipop update continues making its way to HTC One M9 devices across the country. The latest version to get the sweet treat was Sprint’s, on July 1st. Fast-forward just a couple weeks and we are finding out the AT&T version of HTC’s flagship handset is also ready to get its relative update.

According to HTC’s Mo Versi, AT&T’s One M9 just received technical approval on the Andorid 5.1 Lollipop software. The OTA update is set to start rolling out starting tomorrow, July 15th.

This AT&T update will be very similar to the one we previously saw coming to the Sprint HTC One M9. It will include camera improvements, as Mo Versi mentions in his Twitter announcement, but users will also see a plethora of other upgrades come with this update. It should also provide better device protection, improved contact-specific notification options, stronger WiFi and more. You can always refer back to our detailed post on the Android 5.1 Lollipop software version to catch all the specifics.

Lollipop statue Android Google straight on

All you have to do now is wait around for the update notification to show up on your smartphones. Of course, you can always check the settings and try to pull the update yourself, but remember these software downloads are usually rolled out periodically. Many of you may not even get it on the 15th, at all, but you should get your notification in due time.

Those lucky enough to get the update should definitely hit the comments section, though. Let us know how the update went and if it’s treating you well!

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T-Mobile’s John Legere vows to send a message to Verizon and AT&T on carrier overages

It’s no secret that T-Mobile has been the biggest carrier advocating for change in the wireless industry throughout the past few years. One of the most notable changes the carrier has made in recent past was the move to end all overage charges on its network, which came into fruition almost exactly one year ago. Soon after, CEO John Legere created a petition on Change.org that aimed to convince Verizon, AT&T and Sprint that overage fees were no longer acceptable. Even after reaching 100,000 signatures in just over one week’s time, the petition barely had any effect on the other three companies.

Flash forward to today, and T-Mobile is revisiting the petition for a different reason. Well, the Un-carrier’s goal is still to abolish overages in the wireless industry, but T-Mobile now taking matters into its own hands. In a vlog post sent out a few hours ago, John Legere vows that if the same petition (currently at just over 200,000 supporters) can get up to the 250k mark, he will send a personal message to Verizon or AT&T. Legere says the message could be anything from a “sky-written nastygram above AT&T’s headquarters” to a “giant greeting card delivered to the front door of Verizon”.

Legere says:

Last year, we calculated the carriers were taking $ 1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year… (The carriers) slam you for using your device exactly like you’re supposed to, and these penalties often hit the people who can least afford them. If you’re going past your data limit, it’s probably because you don’t have a big data plan to begin with and are operating on a conservative budget.

If you’d like to help abolish overages throughout the entire wireless industry, you can sign the petition on Change.org to help get your voice heard. It will certainly be interesting to see what T-Mobile comes up with for a message, so let’s try to get that petition to 250k!

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Lollipop is rolling out to the AT&T LG G2 today

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Not more than a few hours ago, we told you that T-Mobile’s LG G2 was beginning to see Lollipop. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, AT&T has also started pushing out the Lollipop update to its version of the G2. The update, which will bring your software version up to D80020y, weighs in at 721MB.

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop will bring a number of notable changes, both aesthetic and under the hood. Once you update your device, you’ll notice a cleaned up notification panel, new Settings menu and updated Lollipop-style softkeys to coincide with the other enhancements Google’s Material Design brings to the table. A bevy of performance enhancements are also present in the update, including the switch to the Android Runtime (ART), and new security features like Smart Lock. Among others, you’ll also see a new Priority Notifications mode and actionable lock screen notifications. AT&T also says the following applications will be removed along with the update: Browser Bar, Famigo, AT&T Code Scanner and Beats Music.

This update is just beginning to roll out today, so it might be a few days until you see it come to your phone. If you’d like to check manually, you can do so by heading to System settings>General>About phone>Software information>Check now. Be sure to let us know in the comment section when you get the update!

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