A report from WMPoweruser has highlighted a little trick for users of Nokia’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone discovered by the guys at MobilityDigest. The process which will be listed after this is to allow a selection for the maximum connection speed your Lumia 900 can access to AT&T’s network with. Of course it brings a lot of uses some of which are if you want to drain your battery life in an emergency or if you are in an area with very weak signals and you find your device flipping from bands and consequentially wasting your battery.
The information directs users to type ##3282# into the dialer and it will open the Data Field Test utility, tap the three, tap and open ‘Settings’ at the bottom of your screen, the network type can then be changed from 2G or 3G only to ‘Automatic’, tap the ‘Back’ button once to go back to the ‘Field Test’ menu, tap the last option on the screen which is the ‘Toggle ENS’ (reboot), after it opens, tap ‘Start’, after a few seconds, tap ‘Stop’ and your phone will undergo a soft reset (reboot) after a slight pause. When the phone starts up again, go to ‘Settings’ and then enter the ‘Cellular’ menu where you will have the option to select E (EDGE), 3G or 4G as your highest connection speed.
If the instructions here are not as clear as you would like it to be, a screenshot based tutorial is just a source-link click away. The process is reported to work for users of the Lumia 900 but since we haven’t tried for ourselves, we do suggest that you proceed with caution. If you have already tried it, do let us know what you think.
AT&T Offers ZTE Zmax 2
Now here is a handset from the folks over at ZTE which intends to provide a sense of continuity, although this time around you will not be able to pick up the Zmax 2 from T-Mobile, as ZTE has decided on AT&T to be their US partner and mobile carrier for their latest phone. In fact, this device falls under the mid-range segment of things, where it will just cost $149.99 unlocked, now how about that for affordability?
That kind of pricing would see you end up with a 5.5” 720p touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. [Press Release]
ASUS Zenfone 2E Becomes AT&T Exclusive
You can be forgiven for being confused about ASUS’ Zenfone 2 range to date, and here is yet another model that will add to the brouhaha. I am referring to the ASUS Zenfone 2E, where it has just been announced to be an AT&T exclusive, where you can pick one up for just $119.99 without any contract, and it is also offered by the carrier’s GoPhone prepaid brand.
At that price point, you would get a 5” 720p IPS touchscreen display in return, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, a dual-core Intel processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0 Lollipop running underneath Asus’ own ZenUI. Opt from either black or white shades.
AT&T To Deliver LG Watch Urbane In Silver
If you have been hankering after the LG Watch Urbane for the longest time, while being an AT&T subscriber, then here is good news for you. This particular timepiece can be picked up for $349 a pop from AT&T, where it will arrive in a shade of silver to boot. This timepiece will run on Android Wear and is compatible with any smartphone that has Android 4.3 or higher as the mobile operating system of choice.
It is best to use the LG Watch Urbane within the confines of a Wi-Fi network all the time, along with your smartphone, so that you can keep track of notifications, send messages and make use of your Android Wear compatible apps at all times. Sporting a 1.3” circle P-OLED display, the Watch Urbane comes with replaceable 22mm stitched leather straps for more flexible fashion choices, while the integrated PPG Sensor (average pace, speed, heart rate, and distance) ought to keep fitness buffs happy, with a 410 mAh (non-removable) battery that has an all-day battery life. [Press Release]