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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...
What value would you put on your personal information, such as your social security number? To me, that kind of information is invaluable, because in the wrong hands, your life can be made a living hell. But according to FCC, that information is worth about $90, based on the fact that it's just fined AT&T $25 million for the leak of personal data for 280,000 customers. According to the report, the FCC mentions that "at least" the final four digits of the SSN were part of this leak, which does suggest that in some cases, the entire thing was let loose - and that's believable, because there's... Read more...
Today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed suit against AT&T stating that the wireless carrier misled and deceived millions of its customers through data throttling for those with its unlimited data plan. On top of that, customers who cancelled their accounts because of throttling we then charged early termination fees. "AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez in a press release. "The issue here is simple: 'unlimited' means unlimited." Image Credit: Flickr (Bill Bradford) According... Read more...
It seems that the high profit margins AT&T has enjoyed all this time as a mobile carrier hasn't been enough: The company has just been handed a massive fine by the FTC for its part in 'cramming'. Cramming is the act of adding unauthorized charges to a bill; in this case, that happened by way of unsolicited text messages. These messages included anything from horoscopes to love tips, so if you're an AT&T customer and were on the receiving end of these, take note. AT&T's total fine is $105 million; $80 million will go towards paying customers back, $20 million will go towards penalties... Read more...
A deal between AT&T and Mojio will turn cars, manufactured after 1996, into connected cars through AT&T’s wireless network. This would allow eligible cars already on U.S. roads, around 160 million vehicles, to be able to run a self-diagnostic to make sure everything is alright among other things. “Having AT&T as our US based carrier is a huge milestone for us,” said Mojio ceo Jay Giraud, “Not only does it have an extremely powerful network, our interests are aligned in leading the connected car space.” The Mojio is a cellular device that will plug into a car’s onboard diagnostic port.... Read more...
It's no secret that Amazon's Fire smartphone (our review) hasn't taken off quite like the company has hoped, but let's face it: It's worth $0.99. Well, at least if you're willing to enter into a 2-year contract with AT&T, that is. It's undoubtedly a little odd that Amazon would drop the price of its Fire from $199 to $0.99 mere months after the phone's launch, but when you realize that Apple's about to launch its iPhone 6, it begins to make all the sense in the world. There's more than meets the eye, though: Not only has the phone dropped to $0.99, Amazon is also tossing in a free one-year... Read more...
Retailers have been discounting iPhone 5 smartphones heavily ahead of the anticipated launch of Apple’s next generation of iPhones in early September. Now, AT&T is running a promotion that knocks $200 off the price of an iPad or iPad mini when you buy an iPhone 5c or 5s on an AT&T Next plan. This is not an online promotion, so you’ll need to visit an AT&T brick-and-mortar to take advantage of it. The deal applies to iPads and iPad minis, but not the iPad minis that have retina displays. You’ll need to buy the iPad with a two-year AT&T wireless agreement (in addition... Read more...
T-Mobile may not have the widest coverage net of the major U.S. carriers, but boy, are they gaining mind share. And as it turns out, market share as well. After adding nearly 4.4 million subscribers in the most recent quarter, rivals such as AT&T are having to pay attention. They're also having to modify their offerings in order to remain competitive. Just weeks after AT&T introduced newer, more generous data plans for Mobile Share customers, the carrier is now making it cheaper and easier for those very customers to text overseas. Starting on Friday (2/28), all AT&T Mobile Share and... Read more...
As mobile carriers across the North American landscape make moves to position themselves as more than just utilities, AT&T is unveiling a new partnership with a huge enterprise mainstay in order to prove precisely that. AT&T and IBM announced this week that they'll be joining forces in order to "combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies with privacy in mind to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries." On the whole, the two will be working to extend the premise of the "Internet of Things," with IBM handling back-end infrastructure... Read more...
AT&T dropped us a note today to let us know it's planning to carry Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch online and in stores beginning October 4. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available for $299.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $35 per month if you opt for AT&T Next. As for the Galaxy Gear, that will be available for 99 cents less for $299 even with no subsidized option. The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's first wearable smartwatch and is meant to be paired with the Galaxy Note 3. The Gear allows users to make hands-free calls and text messages using its built-in speaker.... Read more...
Maintaining a connection can be tough even in the United States, but things become monumentally more challenging once you head overseas. High-priced roaming rates, incompatible 3G/4G bands, and unreliable rental SIMs can cause all sorts of headaches for those just looking to send one or two e-mails upon arrival, but thankfully, things are (slowly but surely) starting to improve. AT&T has in recent months lowered its rates for small overseas broadband tiers, and now, it has worked out a deal with a global provider of Wi-Fi hotspots in order to give customers even more options when traveling... Read more...
Just in the nick of time, AT&T has unveiled its iPhone 5c & 5s pricing, both for a 2-year contract and the company's 'Next' service. For the most part, the pricing seen here is expected, although a mention of the 4S being available under contract for $0.99 does contrast a bit with the "FREE" mention on Apple's own site - though we'd expect this to be some sort of processing fee, and at $1, few are likely to complain. At $199, you can choose between the 5c 32GB or 5s 16GB, which is a bit of an interesting toss-up. There's a little more to this match-up than storage versus performance, though,... Read more...
By and large, AT&T's LTE expansion efforts have lagged behind those put forth by Verizon Wireless. But when it all comes down, a lot of has to do with spectrum. Those who have plenty of it, have plenty of opportunities to blanket areas. Those without it, starve. Now, AT&T has announced that it has made final a $1.9 billion spectrum buy from rival VZW, which will significantly improve its LTE reach in a whopping 18 states. In other words, those looking for more LTE coverage on AT&T will see some major improvements in the near future. The acquisition will add meaningful 700MHz Band B... Read more...
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