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Over the past month, we’ve witnessed an all-out war among the top four U.S. wireless carriers with respect to unlimited data. Verizon Wireless drew first blood, then everyone else hopped in with guns blazing. AT&T was the last to rejoin the unlimited data fight, and quickly had to alter its plans to make them more competitive. Now, it is extending the unlimited data option to its prepaid GoPhone service, but there are many strings attached. For starters, the $60/month plan does technically give you “unlimited” data, but it’s capped at 3Mbps, which isn’t exactly too impressive these days. That... Read more...
If you listened to rap music in the early 1990s, you undoubtedly heard Flava Flav spit rhymes to "911 is a Joke," the song he is most famous for. However, it was no laughing matter when mobile phone users subscribed to AT&T's wireless service were unable to call 911 emergency dispatchers in more than a dozen states on Wednesday night. Service has since been restored, but given the seriousness of the situation, the FCC has opened an investigation into what went wrong. During the outage, law enforcement and emergency response officials were on social media warning people across the nation of... Read more...
It looks as though the unlimited data wars are extending to cars and trucks thanks to a partnership between AT&T and General Motors. AT&T, which was the last major U.S. wireless company to revitalize its unlimited data plan offering, is providing a $20 a month prepaid unlimited data plan for in-car use on Chevrolet vehicles. According to Chevrolet, its customers have been using the available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot functionality in record numbers. Chevrolet says that its customers used 200 percent more LTE data in 2016 than they did in the previous year. “To put this data usage in perspective,... Read more...
The unlimited data wars between America’s top four wireless carriers is getting even more heated. AT&T was the last wireless carrier to enter the fray earlier this month, and it by far had the most unattractive pricing and features when put head-to-head with the competition. Not only was its pricing not competitive, but AT&T didn’t provide tethering — something that Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint give unlimited data customers (in 10GB buckets per month). AT&T has finally wised up and has announced some adjustments to its unlimited data plans. Kicking things off is Unlimited Plus... Read more...
With three of the four major U.S. wireless carriers duking out amongst each other with regards to unlimited data plans during the past week, AT&T was left to watch from the sidelines. The second place wireless carrier currently offers unlimited data, but only to customers that sign up for its DirecTV packages, which instantly adds at least $50 to your monthly outlay. Well, AT&T today announced that it is dropping the DirecTV prerequisite and will extend unlimited data availability to all customers starting tomorrow, February 17th. While it’s nice to see that AT&T is finally getting... Read more...
Would you like unlimited data? If you are an AT&T customer, start searching for pennies in between the sofa cushions. The telecommunications company recently confirmed that it will be increasing the price of unlimited data legacy plans by $5. The public announcement followed email notifications to AT&T unlimited plan customers. A spokesperson for AT&T remarked, “Our Mobile Share Advantage plans and our AT&T Unlimited Plan provide several benefits that our legacy unlimited plan doesn’t. If you have a legacy unlimited data plan, you can keep it; however, beginning in March 2017, it... Read more...
5G internet speeds are inching closer to reality in the United States. This week at CES, AT&T outlined a roadmap for the path towards a public introduction of 5G wireless technology to replace existing 4G infrastructure. AT&T has already experimented heavily with 5G in lab settings (speeds of up to 14Gbps have been achieved, with latency of just 3ms), but it is increasingly going out into the real world with field tests. AT&T will launch a 5G trial with Austin, Texas residents during the first half of 2017 to stream its DirecTV Now video service. The trial will comprise of a fixed 5G... Read more...
Satellite TV provider DirecTV is in contract disputes with several local affiliates that has paying subscribers caught in the crossfire. Existing agreements to carry local TV stations in some areas expired in the wee hours of morning after ringing in 2017, and without new agreements or contract extensions in place, the AT&T-owned service flipped the switch on some local channels. Contract agreements between television stations and service providers happen all the time. Usually these take place entirely behind the scenes without the customer ever knowing it, though when there is a failure on... Read more...
Telecommunications corporations are under fire again. The Federal Communications Commission has accused Verizon and AT&T of violating net neutrality rules with their “zero-ratings” promotions. Jon Wilkins, the chief of wireless telecommunication for the FCC, sent a letter of complaint to both corporations. First off, what is “zero-rating”? Zero-rating is when mobile network operators (MNOs) and ISPs do not charge customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network, in limited or metered data plans. Verizon and AT&T introduced their own zero-rating... Read more...
AT&T is leveraging its DirecTV acquisition to try and attract a growing number of cord cutters into the fold with a new streaming service called DirecTV Now. The service will target broadband subscribers who either have no bundled TV package or are otherwise looking to ditch their cable TV provider in favor of a less expensive streaming service. "This is rules-free TV for anyone in the U.S. who wants to stream shows and movies anytime, anywhere. For the more than 20 million U.S. households who have dropped cable or are flirting with cutting the cord, we’re now delivering video over a technology... Read more...
Before too long it might be easier and quicker to list the things Amazon's digital assistant can't do rather than all the things it can. Case in point, Alexa just learned yet another trick, one of many of as of late. This newest trick, or "skill" as Amazon likes to call them, is the ability to transmit text messages. The caveat is that you have to be an AT&T subscriber to use the feature. AT&T is in full braggadocios mode at being the first and so far only wireless carrier to offer this skill. Using it, AT&T subscribers can summon Alexa to dutifully transcribe their voice message into... Read more...
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...
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