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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...
ASUS is beefing up its U.S. mobile product portfolio with the introduction of the MeMO Pad 7 LTE on AT&T’s wireless network. The tablet will first be available exclusively to AT&T customers via att.com or AT&T retail stores starting April 10. The tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz, quad-core Intel Atom processor, features a 7-inch (1280x800) IPS display, comes with 16GB of storage (an additional 64GB is supported via its microSD slot), and as its name implies has LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, the device comes out of the box running Android 4.4.4 KitKat instead of Android 5.x Lollipop... Read more...
When the cat's away, the mouse will play, or charge more for his services, as the case may be. Or to be more specific, AT&T is launching its fiber Internet service in parts of Cupertino, California, home of Apple, but is charging more for 1Gbps speeds than it does in other areas where U-verse with GigaPower is offered. In Kansas City and Austin, AT&T's U-verse with GigaPower costs $70 per month for gigabit service when opting in to its "Internet Preferences" program, which gives the company permission to view your web traffic. In exchange, AT&T matches Google's competing fiber Internet... Read more...
Samsung isn’t about to let HTC hog the spotlight today with the announcement of One M9 availability in the U.S. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Samsung is now announcing that its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will both be available for pre-order starting tomorrow -- the smartphones will be available in brick and mortar locations beginning April 10. Like HTC, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will be available on all four major U.S. carriers (although Samsung has also added in U.S. Cellular). Samsung is also blanketing the retail space as both smartphones will be available from Amazon, Best... Read more...
Leading up to the FCC's approval of net neutrality rules last month, it had been clear that companies opposing the move wouldn't be resting on their laurels for too long afterwards. In particular, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson said that there 'will be litigation', and as it happens, he meant it. AT&T's Randall Stephenson; Flickr: Dan Farber Yesterday, trade group USTelecom, of which AT&T and Verizon are members, issued a petition to the US Court of Appeals to help thwart net neutrality rules from becoming active (which is set to happen 60 days after the FCC ruling). In the petition,... Read more...
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S5 Mini back on July 1, 2014. That seems like eons ago in tech terms, but AT&T it just now getting around to bringing the smartphone to its network. AT&T’s glacial progress when it comes to adding the Galaxy S5 Mini was even slower than Verizon’s hesitance to bring the Nexus 6 onboard. With that said, the Galaxy S5 Mini will be available for $99 with a new, two-year contract or you can select from one of three NEXT plans. Acquiring the device via NEXT 24, NEXT 18, and NEXT 12 will cost you $14.30, $17.88, and $21.48 respectively per month ($0 down).... Read more...
Verizon Wireless already grabbed headlines earlier today with the announcement that pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge would go live on April 1. But the company has even more cause to celebrate thanks to J.D. Power’s “2015 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study.” J.D. Power’s semiannual study ranks America’s wireless carriers based on the following ten “problem areas” that customers may encounter on a daily basis when using their cell phones and tablets: Dropped callsCalls not connectedAudio issuesFailed/late voicemailsLost callsText transmission failuresLate text... Read more...
As we head into the weekend and bid farewell to another work week, Dow Jones on Friday announced that it's adding Apple to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which will go into effect after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18. The change will be effective with the opening of trading on the following morning, Thursday, March 19. A big reason for the change is Visa's scheduled 4:1 stock split, which will be effective at the same time. According to Dow Jones, the ensuing lower price of Visa will reduce the weighting of the Information Technology sector. In order to balance this out and "partially... Read more...
Google may have been one of the first to bring a wireless, mobile payment system to modern smartphones using NFC technology, but it was Apple that made the technology surprisingly easy-to-use and widespread courtesy of Apple Pay and Touch ID. When it comes to contactless payment made using American Express, MasterCard, and Visa accounts, Apple Pay currently captures two out of every three dollars spent. “Apple Pay is off to a very strong start, and the feedback that we're getting from both individuals and institutions is extremely positive,” bragged Apple CEO Tim Cook during his company’s most... Read more...
AT&T has been awarded a patent for speeding up BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer traffic. We're not sure why the U.S. telecom is suddenly interested in file sharing, other than perhaps fielding complaints for throttling such traffic, but whatever the reason, the patent would create a so-called fast lane for file sharers, provided it's ever implemented. According to TorrentFreak, unauthorized file sharing is responsible for petabytes of traffic every month. That kind of traffic can lead to congested networks, hence why ISPs sometimes throttle BitTorrent. That's likely the... Read more...
Over the past few months, AT&T has been expanding into the Mexican market courtesy of key telecom acquisitions. We saw the first fruits of this expansion in January when AT&T announced that its wireless subscribers could add unlimited calling to Mexico for an extra $5 per month. Now, AT&T is extending its newfound fondness for Mexico to select prepaid GoPhone plans. The $60 GoPhone plan will now include unlimited calling and texting to Mexico at no additional charge. To sweeten this plan even further, AT&T is also bumping up the monthly allotment of high speed LTE data from 2.5GB... Read more...
Google Fiber launched in Kansas City, Missouri in September 2012, and now AT&T is looking to creep in and compete toe-to-toe with its own ultra high-speed fiber network. AT&T’s U-Verse with GigaPower network is launching not only in Kansas City, but also “parts of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Kan. and in surrounding communities located throughout the metro area.” "We're proud to launch in these cities as the first locations where we will offer ultra-high speeds to local consumers and employers in the Kansas City area," said AT&T Kansas president Mike Scott. "The AT&T... Read more...
The road to net neutrality and winning the Internet, as it were, won't be one that's quickly or easily traveled. On the bright side, Federal Communications Chairman (FCC) Tom Wheeler earlier this month announced quite plainly that the FCC will propose reclassifying the Internet as a utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, putting it into the same category that power companies fall into. Doing so would give the FCC the power it needs to regulate Internet so that it stays free and open, but as you can imagine, telcos and ISPs aren't particularly... Read more...
Verizon may not offer the best pricing promotions, but out of the four major wireless carriers in the United States, Big Red sits on top, according to RootMertics. Verizon was ranked as America's top carrier with an overall "Rootscore" of 93.9 out of 100, beating out AT&T (91.7), Sprint (86.6), and T-Mobile (84.0) for the honor.The rating is for the second half of 2014. During that time, Rootmetrics traveled 288,165 miles conducting over 5.7 million tests, including ones from 6,215 indoor locations. The goal is to evaluate each of the wireless carriers' mobile network performance from a consumer's... Read more...
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