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The U.S. Government isn’t too happy about efforts by Silicon Valley to enable device encryption, which keeps user data protected and out of the reach of law enforcement agencies. FBI Director James Comey abhors smartphone encryption, and has come out against it on numerous occasions. “The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders, based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation or terrorism, we could never open that phone? My sense is that we've gone too far when we've gone there,” said Comey in 2014. “As a country, I don't know why... Read more...
Wireless providers have been loathe to offer unlimited plans of any sort to customers, which is why they're now few and far between. Be that as it may, word on the web is that AT&T is about to announce an unlimited wireless data plan for both new and existing DirecTV or U-Verse TV subscribers. Customers who currently have or add either DirecTV or U-Verse will be eligible to sign up for a new wireless plan from AT&T that includes unlimited data, along with unlimited talk and text. It runs $100 per month for the first line/smartphone, and $40 per month for each additional one, except for... Read more...
Carrier IQ, the controversial network diagnostics firm that once stood accused of violating Federal wiretapping laws, is no longer a standalone business. The website is gone and so are most of its employees. That's because it's been picked over by AT&T, which bought the rights to the company's software. "We've acquired the rights to Carrier IQ's software, and some CIQ employees moved to AT&T. We use CIQ software solely to improve the customer's network and wireless service experience. This is in line with our Privacy Policy and provides a great benefit to users of our network," AT&T... Read more...
If you’re one of the few that still purchases brand new smartphones with a two-year contract, America’s second largest wireless carrier is about to strip that option away from you. Starting January 8th, AT&T customers will have to purchase a new phone using NEXT or eat the entire cost of the device upfront. This move is not unprecedented; earlier this year, AT&T stopped offering two-year contracts via its third-party resellers (a la Best Buy) and only offered them through its company-owned retail stores and online. This latest move further aligns AT&T’s corporate policy of killing two-year... Read more...
Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft was doing its best to avoid having to deal with slowpoke wireless carriers when it comes to delivering OS updates for Lumia smartphones. Instead of going through a carrier validation process, Microsoft on its own pushed build Windows 10 Build 10586.29 to Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones. In essence, this makes the operating system update process for Windows 10 Mobile more akin to iOS than what we’ve seen with the fragmented nature of Android. The ability to bypass carriers means that Microsoft can deliver more timely security and feature updates... Read more...
Several Internet service providers (ISPs) have drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission with so-called "zero-rating" offerings, which is the practice of exempting certain services from counting against a customer's data cap. What FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wants to figure out is whether or not zero-rating services run afoul of net neutrality rules. This is a relatively new thing on the part of mobile operators. T-Mobile made waves when it introduced Binge On, which allows customers to stream an unlimited amount of video from over 20 services, including Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu,... Read more...
AT&T announces plans to expand the availability of its blazing fast GigaPower fiber Internet service to homes, apartments, and businesses in parts of 38 additional metro areas across the United States. Once completed, AT&T's GigaPower service will boast coverage of at least 56 metro areas, the company said. The expansion is notable in part because AT&T essentially threatened to take its ball and go home when the FCC was proposing net neutrality rules. If you set the DeLorean for around this time last year, you'll catch AT&T saying the FCC's insistence on reclassifying broadband... Read more...
If you’ve been clinging on to one of AT&T’s unlimited data plans for dear life, the nation’s second largest wireless carrier is hoping that an upcoming service plan change will force you to second guess your decision. AT&T announced today that starting in February, it will raise the price of unlimited data from $30 per line to $35 per line. AT&T’s unlimited data plan has been around since the days of the original iPhone (introduced in 2007) and was discontinued in 2010 in favor of metered plans. Existing customers that wanted to keep their unlimited data plans, however, were grandfathered... Read more...
In a perfect world, wireless carriers would do away with data caps altogether and there would be much rejoicing. Unfortunately that's not the way the wireless world works -- barring a pricey unlimited plan, we all pay for a set amount of data per month and adjust our usage accordingly. But what if it's not enough? You can upgrade your plan, go over your data allotment and pay any applicable penalties, or take surveys for more headroom.Say what now? The survey thing is new, at least in exchange for data. AT&T is the one playing around with the idea through a new program called Data Perks, which... Read more...
If you have an Android smartphone running on AT&T or Verizon’s wireless network, you could be at the mercy of hackers according to a new advisory posted to the Carnegie Mellon University CERT database. The vulnerability, which was discovered by a group of South Korean researchers, targets LTE wireless networks. LTE uses packet switching instead of older circuit switching to transfer data back and forth over the Internet. The researchers say that the new packet switching allows malicious parties to use the SIP protocol to enable a new generation of attack vectors via wireless networks. ... Read more...
We've sure come a long way since cell phones exploded in popularity. It used to invoke a great feeling to hold out that flip-phone and admire its sheer awesomeness. Today? Most would laugh at those older devices. Now, we have super advanced smartphones that can do everything from take great pictures to play videos to check your heart rate. And, as if that wasn't enough, we've since piled on tablets, smartwatches, and many other smart devices or wearables. With so much personal fragmentation like this, it can be a bit frustrating that if someone calls you, and you happen to be nowhere near your... Read more...
Earlier this month, AT&T complained to the FCC that Sprint and T-Mobile had enabled Wi-Fi calling support on their wireless networks without obtaining the necessary waivers for teletypewriter (TTY) support for the deaf and hard of hearing. AT&T reasoned that the only reason that it had not yet introduced the feature is because it was patiently awaiting an FCC waiver, while Sprint and T-Mobile were “going rogue” without any oversight. "Because the commission has not granted AT&T's waiver petition," wrote AT&T legal SVP James Cicconi, "we are not in a position to provide Wi-Fi calling... Read more...
AT&T is like the one kid at the pool who walks instead of running – and then tries to get everyone else in trouble with the lifeguard. But what else can you do when your competitors are offering Wi-Fi calling and you’re toeing the FCC’s line?Wi-Fi calling (using your home wireless network or a Wi-Fi hotspot to place phone calls on your mobile phone) has been around for quite some time, but it’s mostly been a perk of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. AT&T looked into offering the service too, with an eye towards reeling in more iPhone users who could take advantage of their home networks.... Read more...
AT&T is suing a trio of former employees for allegedly installing malware on company computers to give an outside firm remote access to its systems. The outside company, called Swift Unlocks, then used its unauthorized access to AT&T's computers to sell cell phone unlocking services, according to AT&T's lawsuit (PDF). Normally AT&T doesn't provide unlock codes to customers who are still under a service agreement. By locking down phones, AT&T ensures that subsidized phones will only work on its wireless network. Once a customer fulfill their wireless contract, AT&T is required... Read more...
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