Texting and driving is no joke. According to the National Safety Council over 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting. The fact that it’s not more is quite honestly a miracle. Think of how many people you know who text and drive. We all know its wrong and that it can get us or someone else killed, yet so many of us know people who do it.
As a follow-up to last year’s It Can Wait campaign, AT&T has released a new documentary called “From one second to the next.” The video focuses on four accidents, some of them fatal and all of which were caused because the drivers, who are all around our ages, was texting while they drove. The video has been distributed to over 40,000 high schools and according to Slate, “hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies.” Seeing as today is Drive 4 Pledges Day it’s as good a time as any to take the pledge to never text and drive.
The video is a bit long at 34 minutes and while it’s very intense it really is a must watch. All it takes is just one glance down to ruin your life or take someone else’s. No text, tweet or update is worth it.
For more info and to take the pledge yourself go to ItCanWait.com.
So AT&T users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T has got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something now only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. With all the excitement around new phones like the Lumia 1020 and Moto X, and rumors about the Galaxy Note 3 and iPhone 5S, we figured that now was a good time to wrap everything up.
So without further ado, here are 5 of the best new phones that either available now at AT&T or are coming soon. If you’re on AT&T and have an upgrade coming up these are some of the phones you’re going to want to take a look at.
The iPhone, Galaxy S4 and HTC One all have great cameras, but they are nothing compared to this. Today in New York Nokia unveiled their latest and greatest Lumia, the Lumia 1020 with an absolutely insane 41 megapixel camera. Yes you read that right– not 8, 10 or 13 megapixels but 41! If you love taking pictures with your phone this is definitely something you’re going to want to check out.
While there are a number of solid waterproof cases for phones like the iPhone and Galaxy S III, there is something to be said for not needing to have a case on your phone to protect it. With summer just about here the need for a phone that is dust or water-resistant is even greater. Well, if you’re on AT&T and have an upgrade coming up you may want to check this out. Meet the Galaxy S4 Active, a water and dust resistant version of the awesome Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 Active takes everything you know and love about the Galaxy S4– the amazing 5 inch full HD screen, fast quad-core processor, cool features like Air Gesture and Dual Camera– and puts it in a design that is now water-resistant which means you can drop it in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The Galaxy S4 Active is also dust-resistant making it the perfect phone for you if you plan to spend a lot of time at the beach or pool this summer. The only real difference between the original S4 and the S4 Active is that the Active’s camera is 8 megapixels instead of 13, though don’t worry, it will still take great pictures for Instagram. And since it’s designed for use in the pool Samsung gave the S4 Active a special Aqua Mode in the camera app to let you take pictures and videos underwater.
The Galaxy S4 Active will come in two colors, grey and blue, and cost the same as the regular Galaxy S4– $200 on a new 2 year contract when it launches next Tuesday, June 18th. For more info on the S4 Active (or to pre-order it) head on over to AT&T’s site here.
More info: AT&T
We all see phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One and iPhone 5 and want to upgrade to them. Of course these awesome new phones aren’t always so cheap, and while $200 is the expected price to pay, it still is a lot of money. Earlier this month AT&T began trying to make it a bit easier to get that new phone you want, offering a limited time promotion of either $100 off new phones like the ones mentioned above, or if the phone you want is under $100 (like the HTC First, Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S), getting it for free. So if you have an iPhone 4 and are up for an upgrade and want the iPhone 5, with this deal you can trade-in your 4 and get the 5 for $100 instead of $200.
Now there are a few conditions to this deal. The phone you are trading-in needs to be a smartphone under three years old and be in “good, working condition.” You also will need to go to an AT&T store if you want the instant credit. Once you’re there you can trade-in your old phone and use that $100 credit right away for buying that new one (and if the phone your trading in is worth more than $100 you’ll receive that higher credit instead). If you want to find the value of your old device before you go in you can head to AT&T’s trade-in site here.
All in all, unless you have someone you want to give your old phone to this seems like a pretty great deal. The new phone you want is much cheaper while your old phone gets recycled properly instead of just sitting in a drawer somewhere. AT&T has said that this is a limited time offer (though they haven’t said when it would end), so if you have your eye on a new Galaxy S4 or HTC One you may want to take advantage of this soon.
More info: AT&T
As was expected, Facebook last week unveiled some of their new plans for Android including a new Facebook phone called the HTC First and more importantly, a major update to their Android app called Facebook Home.
Both the First and Facebook Home will be available later this week– on Friday, April 12th– but here is what you are going to need to know about both before they get here.
BlackBerry fans the good news keeps on coming, BlackBerry 10 has officially launched in the US. AT&T announced pre-orders for their first BlackBerry 10 phone, the Z10, earlier this month and it is now available in AT&T stores and online for $199.99 on a new 2 year contract.
Now if you’re on Verizon or T-Mobile and are excited for the Z10 we’ve got good news for you. Both carriers will be releasing the Z10 next week, with Verizon releasing it on the 28th for $199.99 with a new 2 year contract and T-Mobile releasing it on the 26th. There is no word yet on the pricing for T-Mobile’s version of the Z10. And we’re sorry Sprint users, you’re carrier doesn’t have any plans for the Z10, instead they’re waiting the keyboard packing Q10 to be their first BlackBerry 10 phone (the latest rumors say the Q10 will be out in May or June).
For more info on the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our post here.
So BlackBerry fans– are you going to go pick one of these up or have you given up on BlackBerry and are looking at an iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to be your next phone?
So AT&T users– you’ve got an upgrade coming up sometime over the next couple of months and while you like some of the phones already out there, you really wanna know what AT&T has got planned during the next few weeks or months so you don’t go out and buy something now only to really regret it a week later. We’re here to help. With all the excitement around new phones like the BlackBerry Z10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One we figure now was a good time to wrap everything up.
So without further ado, here are 5 of the best new phones that either available now at AT&T or are coming soon. If you’re on AT&T and have an upgrade coming up this Spring these are some of the phones you’re going to want to take a look at.
It has been a while since BlackBerry fans had any reasons to be excited but these past few months have provided a lot of hope. The long-awaited BlackBerry 10 finally had its official unveiling at the end of January and now the first of the US carriers has announced a release date for when you’ll be able to buy some of the new BlackBerry 10 phones. Yes, on March 22nd AT&T will release the BlackBerry Z10 for $200 with a new 2 year contract.
For those who don’t know, the Z10 is the all touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone and has a 4.2 inch 720p HD screen, dual-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so things run quickly and without lagging or freezing), 16 GB of built-in storage (with a microSD card slot adding more), an 8 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC (so you can do things like share files or use your phone as a credit card just by tapping it), and 4G LTE support. The Z10 however lacks the hardware keyboard BlackBerry is known for, and if you want that you will need to wait a little longer for the Q10 which BlackBerry said back at their January event won’t be available until April in the US. For everything you need to know about the Z10, Q10 and BlackBerry 10 see our earlier post here.
Verizon and T-Mobile are also expected to launch the Z10 soon, though neither carrier has announced an exact release date for their versions (Verizon has said that their Z10 will also cost $200 with a new 2 year contract). We’ll of course keep you updated on that as we learn more.
While we liked what we saw in the Z10 when we checked it out a few months ago, it’s still hard for us to recommend it with great new phones like HTC’s new One due soon and Samsung’s big Galaxy S IV event on Thursday. Honestly with everything that’s about to go down in new phones we would strongly recommend waiting a little longer before upgrading and signing any new 2 year contract. But if you’re on AT&T and are set on getting the Z10 you can pre-order it now from AT&T.
Yesterday in New York HTC took the wraps off of their latest and greatest phone, the HTC One. As you can see in the pic above this is one heck of a phone that not just looks great but has some really interesting features too.
The One will be available in March on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, but before that time comes let’s get to what’s new here and why it matters to you.