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A recent and rather extensive test of 4G LTE networks in several parts of the United States revealed that competition is heating up in the high-speed wireless space. It also showed that Sprint, home of the "cut your bill in half" promotion and enticing unlimited data plans, still hasn't caught up with its competitors, though it's improving. The folks at PCMag ran 131,000 test cycles in more than 30 U.S. cities across the country. They partnered up with Chevrolet, which lent the team three vehicles equipped with AT&T OnStar 4G LTE. Thousands of miles later, Verizon... Read more...
AT&T just doesn’t seem to be able to keep it nose clean when it comes to its “old” unlimited data plans. While AT&T has done a pretty amazing job of shifting the majority of its smartphone customers over to more lucrative (for AT&T) Mobile Share Value plans, it still has to contend with unlimited data customers that it feels are abusing the service. However, the company has handled the matter in a somewhat shady fashion for the past four years. Needless to say, the FCC isn’t too happy about the games that AT&T has played in the past, and has fined the company $100 million for misleading... Read more...
Nearly a month after we first brought you images and some early specs for the Galaxy S6 Active, AT&T and Samsung today have officially announced the rugged smartphone. Needless to say, the early specs that we brought have turned out to be a direct match for the shipping product. The Galaxy S6 Active is very much a “standard” Galaxy S6 at heart, which means that you still receive an octa-core Exynos processor with 3GB of RAM, Samsung’s gorgeous 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, the highly praised 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing unit, wireless charging support and Android 5.0.2. As we reported... Read more...
AT&T's loathing of the FCC's Open Internet Order isn't as strong as its desire to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV. As such, the telecom is expected to put into writing a promise to abide by the FCC's net neutrality rules in order so that the government organization will be comfortable in green lighting the proposed $48.5 billion merger. This is a big deal for AT&T, a major telecom that's been vehemently opposed to the agency's net neutrality rules, or at least the way it went about implementing them. The FCC earlier this year was successful in reclassifying broadband Internet as a... Read more...
We've long heard about the dangers of text messaging while behind the wheel, yet according to a survey conducted by AT&T, it's still the most prevalent activity by those who admit to engaging in smartphone activities when driving. And how many admitted such behavior? Seven out of 10 surveyed, a staggering number made even more frightening if you consider that some might have been too embarrassed to fess up. Either way, knowing that at least 70 percent of drivers use their smartphones while navigating the streets in metal boxes on wheels that weigh thousands of pounds is unsettling at best.... Read more...
May has been a big month for LG smartphone launches. LG Mobile released its budget-friendly Windows-based Lancet late last week and then announced that it is rolling out the flagship, Android-based LG G4 in the coming days. As it turns out, the company also gave carriers the green light to sell the LG Escape2, which is an inexpensive Android smartphone with a curved design. AT&T is offering the Escape2 for a mere 99 cents with a two-year contract, but you can buy the phone off contract for $179.99. The phone runs Lollipop on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 1.2GHz processor. It has 1GB of RAM and... Read more...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have put a stake through the heart of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, but it appears to be satisfied with another major deal that has heavy Internet users like Netflix worried: AT&T appears poised to get the green light from the FCC for its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV. Acquiring DirecTV will be a huge boost to the reach of AT&T’s TV service. The move worries some companies, but apparently not the FCC, which seems to be nearing the end of its review and hasn’t expressed major concerns. Of course, conditions are a possibility: the... Read more...
The tablet market may have seen better days, but fresh entries will soon be making their way to the market. We talked this morning about the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, and the rumors persist about a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. But AT&T today announced its first self-branded tablet: the Trek HD. The Trek HD is about as basic the come with regards to entry-level tablets, and includes a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8-inch HD display (AT&T doesn’t specify, but we’re assuming 1280x720), 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, 2MP front- and 5MP rear-facing cameras,... Read more...
Late last week, we reported on the lack of sympathy FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has for Internet Service Providers (ISPs). While ISPs complain about how net neutrality -- and especially Title II classification -- could stifle innovation and hurt competition, Wheeler's response was a simple: "You don't have a lot of competition." Not that we'd expect it to, but nothing has changed with either Wheeler's or the FCC's stance since those comments were made. On Friday, the agency responded to a May 1 request by ISPs and related groups to delay the roll out of these... Read more...
If AT&T had its way, it all of its smartphone users would be on metered Mobile Share Value plans. After all, the plans allow AT&T to sell customers buckets of data each month and hit them with overages if they go over their allotted amount. However, AT&T still has a sizable amount of customers still clinging to less lucrative (to AT&T) unlimited data plans. Even though AT&T offers data plans ranging from 300MB to 50GB (with popular sweets spots being in the 6GB to 15GB tier), the wireless carrier has in the past cracked down on unlimited data customers that exceeded “only” 5GB... Read more...
As expected would happen, AT&T along with several other telecoms and cable companies have reportedly filed a stay request to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet service as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, a piece of legislation that's over 80 years old.The FCC made the ruling back in February, and by reclassifying broadband as a public utility, the government arm gave itself power to implement net neutrality rules. At the same time, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler made it clear that the fear mongering over implementing dated... Read more...
This story is mind-boggling for so many reasons. A $24,000 charge from AT&T? Someone actually pays $51 a month for dial-up access? People actually still use AOL? We must be living in some bizzaro world when things like this are still taking place, but let’s first start from the beginning with 83-year-old Los Angeles resident Ron Dorff. Dorff is a retiree living off a monthly income of roughly $1,500 per month via his Social Security checks. And he inexplicably is paying AT&T $51 for internet access — but this isn’t your garden variety AT&T DSL or U-Verse connection, it’s **gasp** dial-up.... Read more...
Congratulations to residents of Chicago, who now have access to AT&T's blazing fast Gigapower broadband Internet service. Like Google's Fiber service, U-verse with AT&T Gigapower offers up to 1-gigabit per second downloads and uploads, which translates into being able to download 25 songs in less than a second. If you need more perspective, imagine downloading a high definition movie in less than 36 seconds. Of course, those are examples based on theoretical maximums, and actual speeds depend on a variety of factors, including how fast a source can serve up a download. Still, 1Gbps is Internet... Read more...
It’s funny how a little bit of competition will force a company to wake up realize that its customers have compelling alternative services to consider. We’ve seen that in the past as both AT&T and Time Warner Cable have responded to Google setting up camp in cities across the country with Google Fiber. Comcast even succumbed to the pressure in Atlanta, announcing its 2Gbps Gigabit Pro fiber Internet service in Atlanta (it only did so after Google Fiber was confirmed to be coming to the area). The competition is now forcing Comcast’s hand in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company announced... Read more...
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