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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...
We’ve all been there before; you’re sitting at your desk — either in your home or at your office — when the internet goes out. Given how connected we’ve all become these days, this can often lead to sudden panic, followed by tremors and profuse sweating (ok, we made that last part up). If the problem isn’t with our own home or work networks, it’s most often a problem with the internet service provider (ISP) — be it routine maintenance, faulty equipment, or a natural disaster that is causing the outage. While inconvenient, these service interruptions are to be expected from time to time and is something... Read more...
Best Buy is planning to make spaces available for dedicated AT&T and Verizon sections within 250 of its retail store locations by the end of the year, according to separate press releases issued by both wireless carriers. These mini store sections within Best Buy would be similar to the ones that already exist for Samsung and Apple.Verizon said its "Experience Stores" will be staffed by "dedicated and highly-trained Best Buy employees" who are intimately familiar with its products and services, while AT&T was a little more vague saying its spaces will include "dedicated employees who are... Read more...
AT&T, America’s second largest wireless carrier, has come under fire not only from customers, but also the FCC for its throttling practices on “legacy” unlimited data plans. The FCC fined AT&T a record $100 million for data throttling, with FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc stating, “Unlimited means unlimited. The Commission is committed to holding accountable those broadband providers who fail to be fully transparent about data limits.” AT&T for its part said that the FCC’s $100 million fine was “plucked out of thin air” in addition to being “arbitrary and excessive.” Under... Read more...
The U.S. wireless market is incredibly competitive; or at least it has been in recent years with companies like T-Mobile looking to “cause trouble” for the big guys in an effort to win over customers. Verizon Wireless, America’s largest wireless carrier, looked to assert its dominance earlier this month with the announcement that it will begin trials of next generation 5G technology in 2016 and begin commercial deployments the following year. Verizon promises that 5G will provide roughly 50 times greater bandwidth than existing 4G LTE connections, while at the same time delivering much lower latencies.... Read more...
It appears that AT&T isn’t the only wireless company celebrating its acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. Earlier this month, AT&T courted DirecTV customers currently attached to other wireless carriers with the promise of up to $500 in account credits if they signed up for wireless service. Sprint, now finding itself in last place among the “big four” U.S. wireless carriers, is also looking to exploit the “odd couple” pairing of AT&T and DirecTV. Sprint is promoting a one-time offer that gives DirecTV customers that switch to Sprint a full year of service for free. That’s... Read more...
It’s interesting to see how quickly a company changes its tune once its nefarious deeds, or rather “public trials,” are brought to light. Earlier today we brought you a story detailing AT&T’s rather sloppy and risky behavior regarding inserting ads into webpages for users that connected to its free Wi-Fi hotspots. Computer scientist Jonathan Mayer determined that AT&T was using a service called RaGaPa that used JavaScript to inject adds into all non-HTTPS webpages. How AT&T managed to hookup with this small startup is beyond me. As Mayer describer, “Their video pitch features “MONETIZE... Read more...
In less than a week, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store and purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, if that's what you're after. Unveiled back in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's newest generation Android tablet with a slim and light profile. In fact, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size. More specifically, the 9.7-inch tablet features a slender 5.6mm profile and checks in at just 389 grams. Compare those figures to Apple's iPad Air 2, which measures 6.1mm thick and weighs 437 grams. Granted, we're splitting hairs here, but as... Read more...
As with many things, there are both good ways and bad ways to go about advertising. Unfortunately, far too many opt for the latter - especially when your options are limited. The latest culprit is AT&T, which has begun taking advantage of those using its free Wi-Fi hotspots by injecting ads into websites they visit. Right now, some of you might be thinking, "Well, you're using AT&T's free service. It has a right to monetize it.", and that's true. But if there's one thing we've learned from corporations in recent months (or years, for that matter), user security and experience tend to not... Read more...
While the NSA had the support of all US telcos with its spying efforts, it's come to light that none offered the level of assistance that AT&T did. Recent documents that are part of the ongoing Snowden leaks show the NSA heaping a bit of praise on its relationship with AT&T, saying it was "highly collaborative" and that the company had an "extreme willingness to help." Beginning in 2003 and leading up to the time Edward Snowden blew the doors off the far-reaching spy efforts, AT&T gave the NSA access to an enormous amount of information through many methods under different legal rules.... Read more...
AT&T is introducing new Mobile Share Value plans that aim to give customers more data for less money. The more data you buy, the better the value, and if you subscribe to a new 15GB plan or higher, AT&T will sweeten the pot with unlimited talk and texting to Mexico and Canada, the nation's second largest wireless carrier announced today. Plans start at $20 per month for 300MB of data. That's not much, though if you toss another Hamilton at AT&T ($30 per month), your data allotment jumps to 2GB. After that, it's $50 per month for 5GB, $100 per month for 15GB, and $140 for 20GB. If you... Read more...
A week ago, AT&T announced the first fruits of its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. AT&T provided some modest discounts for those looking to bundle AT&T wireless service with DIRECTV programming. Although the $10 monthly discounts that AT&T provided for bundling services seems pretty lackluster, the company has something more impressive in store for DIRECTV customers that don’t already have AT&T wireless service. AT&T will give DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV customers that switch from a competing wireless carrier a $300 bill credit for each line that is ported over when... Read more...
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