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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...
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...
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