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In the twenty-first century, many regard Internet as a service that everyone should be able to affordably access. AT&T, however, has used a loophole in its merger with DirecTV to avoid providing inexpensive internet to low-income families. What did the merger specify? The FCC demanded that AT&T offer its services for $10 a month in areas where download speeds of 10 Mbps and 5 Mbps are available. AT&T must also provide services for $5 in places where download speeds of 3 Mbps are available. The FCC did not state what the company should do if downloads speeds are less than 3 Mbps. Consequently,... Read more...
We hope you do not mind if we drone on about drones. AT&T and Qualcomm announced that they will soon test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, operating via commercial 4G LTE networks.Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of loT Solutions at AT&T, noted, “With a focus on both regulatory and commercial needs, LTE connectivity has the potential to deliver optimal flight plans, transmit flight clearances, track drone location and adjust flight routes in near real-time.” The fact of the matter is that radio links and Wi-Fi are simply not powerful or reliable enough to guarantee a safe... Read more...
As we’ve reported on a number of occasions in the past several weeks, Google Fiber has encountered an incredibly rough patch with deployments. This has been especially true in Nashville, Tennessee where the company has not only faced challenges with the geography of the region (it’s not exactly easy to bury fiber cable in limestone rock), but also from firmly entrenched competition like AT&T and Comcast. AT&T hasn’t made it easy for Google Fiber to simply roll in to cities across the country and provide gigabit internet speeds to residents. In fact, AT&T has done its best to stomp out... Read more...
You know what everyone hates? Robocalls. AT&T, Apple, Google, Verizon, and Comcast are joining together to create the “Robocall Strike Force” which will work with the FCC to eliminate the annoyance. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead the effort. A robocall is a phone call with a prerecorded message, and are often used to defraud people. Time Warner Cable was actually forced to pay $230,000 USD in July 2015 for robocalling one woman 153 times. One of the worst cases of fraud is when people fall for a robocall claiming it is from the IRS. This practice is so prevalent that the IRS has... Read more...
It’s fair to say that AT&T pays close attention when the number one wireless carrier makes changes to its data plans (and vice versa). Last month, Verizon Wireless raised prices, bumped up its data buckets, and eliminated overages fees. Today, AT&T is making those same changes to its own mobile plans. First of all, AT&T’s mobile data plans are getting a name change from Mobile Share Value to Mobile Share Advantage. And in most cases, AT&T is giving you more data for less money, although there are a few instances where you’re paying the same money for less data (like the new $30... Read more...
If you’re a tech nerd like all of us here at HotHardware, you crave speed. Faster graphics cards, faster processors, faster SSDs, faster smartphones — you get the idea. And of course, who wouldn’t want faster internet at relatively reasonable prices? In markets around the United States where there is little to no competition in the ISP arena, customers are usually stuck with just one broadband provider (meaning that you have no choice but to accept their data speeds and prices). It is because of this dark cloud surrounding the U.S. broadband internet industry that many enthusiasts become positively... Read more...
Usually when there's an announcement about data caps, it's bad news for subscribers. Refreshingly, that isn't the case with AT&T, which is raising the ceiling on the amount of data its U-verse customers are able to use. It's a welcome acknowledgement that the Internet is growing and that, collectively, users are spending more time streaming, downloading, and even uploading content.AT&T says as much in its blog post announcing the change, and for that it deserves some amount of kudos. How much kudos? That depends on how happy you are with raising the monthly allowance of data to 1 terabyte... Read more...
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...
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