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AT&T has just announced a couple of great deals involving LG's brand-new G5 smartphone and Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE smartwatch. With the former, AT&T is offering a second G5 for free, as part of a buy-one-get-one free promotion. That assumes that you'll be signing up to AT&T Next with both devices; once the credit hits $689, that second device becomes free. If that sounds a little too good to be true, it isn't, but, because of how the mechanics works, both phones need to purchased at the same time, which is quite a bit to shell out initially. But, if you take advantage... Read more...
AT&T offered a rather compelling Buy One, Get One (BOGO) offer yesterday for Samsung’s excellent new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge flagship smartphones. Customers would have to purchase the first smartphone (upgrade or new line) and add a second phone as a new line. Once three months of service have been completed, you’ll receive $695 in bill credits spanning the course of 30 months to fully offset the cost of a Galaxy S7 or to put towards the cost of the more expensive Galaxy S7 Edge. T-Mobile CEO John Legere likely saw AT&T’s terms and let out an uproarious belly laugh, as the third-place... Read more...
Wireless carriers are tripping over themselves trying to lure customers with special offers and promotions, but AT&T's newest deal might be the one to beat. Ma Bell's pitch is simple—purchase either of Samsung's fancy new Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge handsets and get a free Galaxy S7 when adding a second line and buying both through AT&T's Next program. That's a pretty sweet deal considering how expensive smartphones are these days, Samsung's new flagship Galaxy handsets included. The way this new promotion works is the first phone must be a new line or an upgrade. As for the second phone,... Read more...
Have you ever noticed that your online activities affect the types of advertising you see when surfing the web and using online services? That's called targeted advertising (or stalking, if you prefer), and AT&T's partnering up with a company called Videology to bring the same type of creepiness to television. I'm calling it creepy because advertisers sometimes tend to know and share more than they should. This is anecdotal, but I recently typed the world "Mucinex" in an email to colleagues (it was in reference to me being sick) and later that day my Facebook feed was splattered with sponsored... Read more...
As more and more people cut the cable cord, cable companies, media companies and content creators alike are scrambling to make sure that those who want access to their services have it. Over the past couple of years, we've seen many examples of companies dropping their cable TV exclusivity, with Dish being one of the most notable. Last February, the Dish released a $20/mo package through Sling TV, and without much of a delay, AMC jumped on board, and so did HBO. With that kind of content support, it's of little surprise that other big media and major carriers wants a bit of the online action as... Read more...
While millions of Internet users crave the idea of being able to subscribe to a service like Google Fiber, telecoms like AT&T want nothing more than to be able to squash those hopes. We can see a great example of this right now in Louisville, KY. Last month, a Louisville council voted 23-0 in favor of granting third-party access to utility poles. This allows companies like Google to mosey on in and give local residents a compelling reason to leave their existing Internet provider - such as AT&T. After the ordinance passed, councilman Bill Hollander backed up the successful vote by saying,... Read more...
The wireless wars are quickly heating up, with even the big players getting roped into battle. It used to be just T-Mobile handing out enticing deals to persuade people to leave their current wireless carrier, but Verizon entered the fray in December. And now, AT&T is offering up a “switch” offer of its own. “AT&T is offering you up to $650 in credits to help you switch your wireless service to us. Simply purchase a new smartphone on AT&T Next, activate eligible service, port your number, and trade-in your current eligible smartphone.” $650 is a healthy upgrade from AT&T’s previous... Read more...
Streaming video already accounts for the bulk of mobile traffic, and by 2020, Cisco reckons it will account for 75 percent mobile data. Higher resolution feeds and video sharing apps like Snapchat and Vine are all driving this trend, but can the wireless networks we use to access all this data keep up? There's a concerted effort between industry heavyweights to ensure it can. One example is that AT&T has partnered up with Ericsson and Intel to help test 5G network technology. The first tests will be conducted in a laboratory setting in Austin, Texas in the second quarter of this year, followed... Read more...
The U.S. Government isn’t too happy about efforts by Silicon Valley to enable device encryption, which keeps user data protected and out of the reach of law enforcement agencies. FBI Director James Comey abhors smartphone encryption, and has come out against it on numerous occasions. “The notion that people have devices, again, that with court orders, based on a showing of probable cause in a case involving kidnapping or child exploitation or terrorism, we could never open that phone? My sense is that we've gone too far when we've gone there,” said Comey in 2014. “As a country, I don't know why... Read more...
Wireless providers have been loathe to offer unlimited plans of any sort to customers, which is why they're now few and far between. Be that as it may, word on the web is that AT&T is about to announce an unlimited wireless data plan for both new and existing DirecTV or U-Verse TV subscribers. Customers who currently have or add either DirecTV or U-Verse will be eligible to sign up for a new wireless plan from AT&T that includes unlimited data, along with unlimited talk and text. It runs $100 per month for the first line/smartphone, and $40 per month for each additional one, except for... Read more...
Carrier IQ, the controversial network diagnostics firm that once stood accused of violating Federal wiretapping laws, is no longer a standalone business. The website is gone and so are most of its employees. That's because it's been picked over by AT&T, which bought the rights to the company's software. "We've acquired the rights to Carrier IQ's software, and some CIQ employees moved to AT&T. We use CIQ software solely to improve the customer's network and wireless service experience. This is in line with our Privacy Policy and provides a great benefit to users of our network," AT&T... Read more...
If you’re one of the few that still purchases brand new smartphones with a two-year contract, America’s second largest wireless carrier is about to strip that option away from you. Starting January 8th, AT&T customers will have to purchase a new phone using NEXT or eat the entire cost of the device upfront. This move is not unprecedented; earlier this year, AT&T stopped offering two-year contracts via its third-party resellers (a la Best Buy) and only offered them through its company-owned retail stores and online. This latest move further aligns AT&T’s corporate policy of killing two-year... Read more...
Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft was doing its best to avoid having to deal with slowpoke wireless carriers when it comes to delivering OS updates for Lumia smartphones. Instead of going through a carrier validation process, Microsoft on its own pushed build Windows 10 Build 10586.29 to Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones. In essence, this makes the operating system update process for Windows 10 Mobile more akin to iOS than what we’ve seen with the fragmented nature of Android. The ability to bypass carriers means that Microsoft can deliver more timely security and feature updates... Read more...
Several Internet service providers (ISPs) have drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission with so-called "zero-rating" offerings, which is the practice of exempting certain services from counting against a customer's data cap. What FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wants to figure out is whether or not zero-rating services run afoul of net neutrality rules. This is a relatively new thing on the part of mobile operators. T-Mobile made waves when it introduced Binge On, which allows customers to stream an unlimited amount of video from over 20 services, including Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu,... Read more...
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