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At the start of 2017, AT&T will enable a new feature by default for customers using its “most popular plans” for mobile devices. Called Stream Saver, the feature will effectively cap all streaming video to your smartphone at 480p no matter the source. For those that still have plans with data caps, Stream Saver could be seen as a great way to enjoy the benefits of streaming videos on the go — albeit at lower resolutions — while not digging deeply into your month data allotment. And for those that would rather stream at the maximum resolution allowed by your device, you can always opt-out by... Read more...
AT&T is looking for a way to entice customers to sign up for its new DirecTV Now streaming service, and according to a fresh report, you could receive a free media streamer if you sign your name on the dotted line. Information concerning AT&T’s promotions were accidentally revealed online, but the company wasn’t able to pull down the information before snooping eyes got a glimpse of what’s in store for consumers. According to the posted information, AT&T will offer customers that sign up for at least one month of DirecTV Now service a free Amazon Fire TV Stick (retail price $39). For... Read more...
AT&T might still be basking in the glow of its much ballyhooed blockbuster deal to acquire Time Warner for $85 billion, but that is not why the company is the focus of attention today. While the Time Warner mashup has regulators and customers understandably worried, AT&T is being accused of even more dastardly deeds with its wireless and wireline phone businesses. AT&T has allegedly been running a secret program called Project Hemisphere, which has been effectively crawling through trillions of customer phone records, metadata and location information. While the Department of Justice... Read more...
In the media world, consolidation is the new name of the game and AT&T is trying to win it by making major acquisitions. It already purchased satellite TV provider DirecTV for $49 billion last year, and now it will look to gain regulatory approval to buy Time Warner for around $85.4 billion. Should the deal go through, AT&T would become one of the biggest multi-faceted media giants around. Time Warner has been selling off bits and pieces of its business over the past decade, including Time Warner Cable, which Charter Communications acquired for $55 billion last year after a deal with Comcast... Read more...
AT&T is spreading its wings yet again. After purchasing satellite TV company DirecTV last year for $48.5 billion, Ma Bell is reportedly now setting its sights on acquiring Time Warner. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that executives for both companies have had extensive talks during the past few weeks regarding the deal. The publication went on to say that the talks were merely informal in nature and that specific financial terms hadn’t been discussed at this point. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, its sources claim that the AT&T and Time Warner are already in “advanced talks”... Read more...
If you had to pay any overage fees to your carrier this year, you'll hopefully find some solace in the fact that you weren't alone. In fact, the amount of money the big carriers make from overages is staggering: $600 million. This information comes from a recent study conducted by NerdWallet, which doesn't just analyze the amount of money people are paying for their phone usage, but whether or not opting for a "protection plan" of sorts is even worth it. Both AT&T and Verizon offer plans that don't charge overages, but instead throttles the speed of the data after the limit has been reached.... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 7 might be a lost cause for Samsung. Following a global recall due to overheating batteries and a report of a replacement device going up in smoke on a grounded Southwest Airlines plane, AT&T, the second largest wireless carrier in the United States behind Verizon, is considering halting sales of Galaxy Note 7 devices altogether. Sprint, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., recently announced it would exchange replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices with any other smartphone. But if AT&T decides to go ahead and yank the troubled smartphone from its shelves, it's easy... Read more...
If you been dying to get your hands on LG’s new V20 Android 7.0 flagship, the wait will soon be over. AT&T and T-Mobile today both announced that they will begin offering the phone on October 28th. AT&T plans to sell the LG V20 on NEXT for $27.67 per month for 30 months, or $34.59 per month for 24 months. If you work out the math, that gives the smartphone a retail price of $830. For its part, T-Mobile hasn’t given any exact pricing details for the LG V20, but has indicated that those that purchase the smartphone will receive a free pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 headphones,... Read more...
Image Source: Flickr (Mike Mozart)The race is on to bring gigabit Internet service to as many residential homes across the nation as possible. One of the participants is AT&T, which announced plans to expand its fiber-optic network to 11 more metro areas. The expansion is part of a broader initiative to bring AT&T Fiber, the new name for what was previously known as GigaPower, to at least 67 metro areas, including 45 metro areas by the end of the year. "Customer demand for high-speed connectivity is exceeding even our high expectations. Today we’re also introducing the AT&T Fiber umbrella... Read more...
Deploying fiber cabling throughout cities across the United States isn’t cheap, especially when we’re talking about the “last mile” of fiber that goes directly to homes and businesses. Alphabet arguably got the ball rolling with its Google Fiber rollouts across the country, followed by Comcast and AT&T countering with their own (sometimes faster) fiber services. AT&T this week announced that it is looking to speed up its rollout of gigabit internet throughout the country at a lower cost. The telecommunications company is doing so using what it calls AirGig, which will deliver multi-gigabit... Read more...
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...
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