HTC and AT&T have taken the lid off the HTC HD7S, a Windows Phone 7 device sporting HTC's now-favorite 4.3 inch screen with Super LCD technology, a 1GHz processor, SRS WOW / Dolby Audio, and a 5MP camera 'round back capable of 720p HD video recording flanked by a dual-LED flash. NoDo / Copy/Pase will also be on board.
In other words, we seem to be looking at an AT&T version of the HD7, albeit loaded up with AT&T's "suite" of software like U-verse for TV and tha swanky Super LCD (which fixes the HD7's biggest problem, in our opinion). We're on the ground at CTIA Spring 2011 and we'll bring you more as we get it!
Full press release after the break
Just another small heads up: '4th and Mayor', the excellently designed Foursquare app is now available in the Marketplace. Total cost to you? $0.00, so there's little reason not to grab it, well, unless you don't use Foursquare, we suppose...even then you should still try it.
Although Sprint was rumored to be a contender, in swoops AT&T to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom for a healthy $39 billion, pending regulatory approval which could take a year. The deal will make AT&T the largest carrier in the US with a huge base of 140 million subscribers (Verizon has 93 million, Sprint just 50).
From the presser:
With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.
“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”
Pretty huge deal but considering how T-Mobile has been floundering for the last few years, it makes sense someone would buy them. But will Sprint be able to continue competing against AT&T/Verizon or will the invevitable happen and someone swoop them up too?
To our T-Mo users, how does this effect your future plans? We imagine many of you are on T-Mo to get away from AT&T. For us, we're having flashbacks to 1934. Full press release after the break.
What can we say outside we think this is a killer app? Jeff wants to add more features later and is "rushing" this to market due to the official Foursquare app not working for many. Even in this "rushed" stage though it's leaps and bounds better than the official version.
Read more on the official site here. And see Jeff's own video after the break.