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The Federal Communications Commission pointed its finger at the telecommunications industry over the weekend and asked for decisive action to be taken against the growing problem of robocalls, a move that prompted AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to respond by spearheading a new Robocalling Strike Force. Sounds intimidating, doesn't it? AT&T says the Strike Force's mission will be to "accelerate the development and adoption of new tools and solutions to abate the proliferation of robocoalls and to make recommendations to the FCC on the role government can play in this battle." It almost sounds... Read more...
Samsung made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this month. The company’s brand new Galaxy S7 Active smartphone (an AT&T exclusive) was touted as a rugged device that can survive drops and even live to see another day after being dunked in up to five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports’ testing showed that the smartphone’s waterproofing was not up to par, and failed to meet its IP68 dust/water resistance rating. The publication had not one, but two Galaxy S7 Active smartphones fail under its testing procedure. Following Consumer Reports’ initial investigation,... Read more...
The use of aerial drones has exploded in recent years thanks to lower pricing (making them devices more affordable for the general public), ease of use (thanks to more automation for flight controls), and the ability to pop off magnificent aerial footage (which has done wonders in the film industry). Predictably, drones have also found use in surveying operations, and even search and rescue missions. AT&T, however, has another use in mind for drones — expanding service coverage following a natural disaster. AT&T calls these devices Flying COWs or “Cell on Wings”. The COWs could be deployed,... Read more...
The reign of the Blackberry on Capitol Hill has come to an end. Blackberry phones had long been the phone of choice for members of Congress, but Blackberry recently informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices has been discontinued. BlackBerry’s smartphone market share was below 1% this past year, and the company sold just 500,000 units by May 31st while Apple sold 51.2 million units through March 26th. Why then are Blackberry smartphones so popular among members of Congress and their staff? The long battery life, an email-heavy focus, and an easy to use interface... Read more...
Rumors of Samsung’s rugged Galaxy S7 Active have been making the rounds for months, but the South Korean electronics giant and AT&T today officially announced the follow-up to the Galaxy S6 Active. As its name implies, the Galaxy S7 Active uses the garden variety Galaxy S7 as a starting point, then throws everything but the kitchen sink at it to not only improve durability, but also battery life. Compared to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, the Galaxy S7 Active isn’t nearly as sexy — and with good reason. The Super AMOLED QHD display is not only covered in Gorilla Glass 4, but it also has... Read more...
AT&T launched its Next program as an economical way for customers to purchase/upgrade to a new smartphone without going the two-year contract route or paying the full device cost up front. However, over the years, Next has grown to encompasses a total of four options including Next 12, Next 18, Next 24, and Next with Down Payment. The United States’ No. 2 wireless carrier has heard the cries from its customers to make things simpler, and it has obliged by reducing Next to just two options: Next and Next Every Year. AT&T Next will see customers spreading the cost of a new smartphone over... Read more...
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you have a new option when it comes to tapping into high-speed fiber internet. AT&T announced this week that its 1Gbps GigaPower fiber internet service is now available in the area. More specially, AT&T GigaPower will be available to residents of San Francisco, San Jose, Dublin, Mountain View, Santa Clara and San Ramon. AT&T joins Comcast, which brought its 2Gbps Gigabit Pro fiber internet service to the San Francisco Bay Area last year. Interestingly enough, Google is the laggard here, as the Mountain View company has yet to launch its Google... Read more...
When it comes to the often slow pace of security updates being pushed to the mobile devices that are at center of our daily digital lives, both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are looking for some answers. The FCC is taking U.S. wireless carriers (like AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile) to task while the FTC has hit up top hardware manufacturers including Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and HTC. At a time when U.S. intelligence agencies like the FBI and NSA are looking for ways to use vulnerabilities to their advantage to solve crimes... Read more...
T-Mobile’s brash CEO John Legere relishes the idea of trashing competitors (especially Verizon Wireless) and touting the superiority of his plans and features that are aimed at pleasing customers rather than shareholders. But criticism is a two-way street, and AT&T is looking for a little bit of vengeance via its Cricket Wireless prepaid wireless service. Cricket Wireless today announced a new $70 plan that gives you unlimited talk, text and data. Cricket Wireless called out T-Mobile quite a few times when announcing the new plan, noting that T-Mobile charges customer $25 more per month for... Read more...
AT&T just bumped its wireless activation and upgrade fee to $20 per smartphone on several of its plans, a 33 percent increase from its previous $15 charge, though save some of your outrage for Verizon. It was Big Red that rolled out a new $20 upgrade fee earlier this week, which AT&T apparently took as an opening to do the same. Sure, we're just talking about a $5 price hike here, but what's annoying about the fee increase is that it's an arbitrary bump on top of what's an arbitrary charge to begin with. Does it really cost $15 or $20 for the dude in a blue shirt standing behind the counter... Read more...
For a handful of reasons, AT&T would like to make a dent - even if it's a tiny one - in the Android-dominated smartphone market. It wants to accomplish this feat even if it means having to use an Android alternative that's actually based on Android. That's where CyanogenMod comes in, a mobile OS that's skyrocketed in popularity over the years due to its "clean slate" and optimized design. Consumers like it because it's fast and clean; vendors like it because they have more control over their software packages. If you're getting a hint that AT&T's... Read more...
While it might have been difficult to imagine 15 years ago, so much of our daily lives are now dependent on the Internet. This has led to a surge in data hogging products and services, like high-definition and even 4K video streams, massive game downloads, and so forth. Data caps are inherently at odds with this transition from offline to online experiences, and if you're an AT&T U-verse subscriber, you'll soon have the option of removing yours, for a fee.Beginning May 23rd, AT&T will roll out a new unlimited data option for its U-verse home Internet customers. For an extra $30 per month,... Read more...
We’ve seen some obvious cases of companies fleecing (or at least attempting to fleece) the American people and the U.S. Government in the past, but AT&T appears to be going for bonus points with its newest proposal to hook up parts of California with outdated DSL service. And AT&T isn’t going to provide the infrastructure for DSL service out the goodness of its heart; it’s asking California taxpayers to fork over upwards $100 million to get the job done. That’s right, AT&T is asking taxpayers to foot a $100 million bill for Internet service that at best will get customers 10Mbps down... Read more...
Following the terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday that killed over 30 people and left many others injured, all four major wireless carriers in the United States—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon— are offering customers free phone calling and text messaging services to Belgium for various periods of time. As it stands right now, Sprint is offering the longest period of free calls and texting. The wireless carrier said it will lift fees for calls and texts made from the U.S. to Belgium up through March 31. In addition, calling and texting charges for customers internationally roaming... Read more...
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