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The United States of America is home to many great things, with widespread Internet access typically counted among them. But if you've been paying attention, just having access isn't the token that it used to be, and by and large, the USA has stagnated in terms of Internet innovation. Based off of results from a recent Ookla Speedtest study, the USA is quickly falling behind in terms of globally-ranked Internet speeds. Presently, the United States ranks 31st in average download rates and a woeful 42nd on the upload side. That's pitiful, no matter how you slice it. The USA now ranks behind Hungary, Slovakia, and Estonia when it comes to download rates, which makes absolutely no sense at all. That... Read more...
The marketing team at Verizon Wireless has tried to hammer home that Big Red's network is the most reliable in the nation, and now they have a study to lean on when making that claim. RootMetrics, a company that specializes in mapping out wireless coverage (you might also know the firm by Root Wireless), conducted a national study of network performance and found Verizon to be ahead of its peers in reliability. Verizon almost swept the competition for the top spot in a series of performance evaluations, conceding a first place finish only once. In the Speed Index category, AT&T came out on top with a score 88.7 out of 100, which was enough to eke out a win over Verizon in second place with... Read more...
A new wireless survey conducted by J.D. Power suggests that AT&T customers are the happiest with their carrier's customer support. AT&T scored 793 out of a 1,000 point scale, taking the top spot among full-service wireless carriers. Verizon came in a close second with a score of 788, enough to top the industry average score of 782. T-Mobile and Sprint fell below the industry average with scores of 778 and 757, respectively. Though T-Mobile scored under the industry average, it made some big gains compared to a year ago. T-Mobile was dead last in 2012 with a score of 715 on the same 1,000 point scale, but managed to skip ahead of Sprint for third place in 2013. Perhaps T-Mobile's "un-carrier"... Read more...
Smartphone makers have taken a page from bulk OEMs in the PC industry by pre-loading their handsets with tons of software. The difference is you can spend a few minutes (or more) uninstalling bloatware on your computer, whereas it's not uncommon for apps to be permanently implanted on a smartphone, leaving you with the decision to deal with it or root your handset and go with a third-party ROM. Where's the option to just delete the unwanted application? That option may be coming soon to a smartphone near you. South Korea has drawn up new rules forcing device makers and wireless carriers to give smartphone owners the option of deleting pre-installed software. "The move aims to rectify an abnormal... Read more...
Like him or hate him, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is good for the mobile industry. He seems a little crazy, but crazy like a fox. The things he says in public are usually rather spot on, although his latest comments are more interesting if you read between the lines. His company and Sprint are looking at a merger, which would take the number of major U.S. wireless carriers from 4 to 3. It seems on its face that such a merger would potentially be bad for consumers who would wind up with even further limited options in the wireless market, but Legere paints a different picture. “We all need better scale and capability,” he told Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West”. “The question... Read more...
AT&T today signed a deal with Rogers Communications to launch LTE roaming in Canada. In doing so, Ma Bell gets the distinction of being the first U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming (i.e., bragging rights). For customers, however, it amounts to more than just bragging rights, as AT&T subscribers visiting Canada can continue to use their existing LTE device to navigate the web, download apps, upload photos to social networking sites, and everything else that consumes data, and without the worry of racking up insane roaming charges. "Our agreement with Rogers affirms our commitment to deliver superior international coverage to our customers," said Bill Hague, executive vice... Read more...
AT&T just made it a lot more attractive for users to join Ma Bell after paying full price for a smartphone or otherwise looking to avoid a contract plan. How so? The wireless carrier's new Mobile Share Value plans provides new and existing customers with a no-contract option, which can also apply to customers who pick up a smartphone through an AT&T Next payment plan or have a smartphone that is no longer under contract. Customers who go this route effectively save $15 per month. Plans start at $45 per month for unlimited talk and text plus 300MB of data. Where it gets interesting is that qualifying smartphones can be added to any Mobile Share Value plan for a flat rate of $25 per month,... Read more...
Smartphone theft (and, let’s be honest with our absent-minded and clumsy selves, loss) is a major problem, and a potential solution proposed by lawmakers in San Francisco and New York has been shot down by the big four wireless carriers. San Francisco DA George Gascón (who has been working on solutions with New York AG Eric T. Schneiderman) told the New York Times that he had been working with Samsung--a company that makes a great many of the nation’s smartphones--to put antitheft software on the company’s handsets that would give carriers a killswitch to deactivate a stolen smartphone. Gascon (center) and Schneiderman (second from right) (Credit: Bebeto Matthews/AP)... Read more...
You and fourteen of your friends can stay connected via AT&T’s new Unite Pro Mobile Hotspot, which will be available for $49.99 with a two-year contract starting on November 22nd. The Unite Pro boasts 4G LTE connectivity to handle so many connections, and it has a BatteryBoost feature so you can have charge your smartphone from the mobile hotspot itself, which promises 16 hours on a single charge. Other features include dual-band WiFi and a 2.4-inch color touchscreen, and the display offers a handy visual for finding and managing connections as well as tracking data usage. The Unite Pro is ideal for anyone who needs connectivity on the go and either can’t or doesn’t want... Read more...
The CIA is paying AT&T some $10 million a year for access to certain customer call data that includes international-to-international calls as well as some domestic-to-international calls, according to a New York Times report citing information from “government officials”. The CIA’s involvement is part of an overseas counterterrorism effort, and AT&T’s participation is voluntary. The way it works is that the CIA gives AT&T the phone numbers of foreign terrorism suspects, and then AT&T checks the numbers against its vast database (which includes calls handled by its network and not merely those of its own customers) and pulls up records that can help identify... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news for you Windows Phone 8 fans heading into the weekend. AT&T on Friday said it has begun taking pre-orders on Nokia's giant Lumia 1520 phablet device. It's available to order exclusively at AT&T online or in any of AT&T's retail stores. Pricing is set at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $27 per month with AT&T Next. The standout feature here is the Lumia 1520's 6-inch display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution. That's bigger than most smartphones and smaller than your typical 7-inch tablet, hence the term "phablet" that's used to describe these devices. "The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone on the market with a 6-inch 1080p full... Read more...
The line continues to blur between what constitutes a smartphone with a built-in camera versus a camera with smartphone functionality. I'd argue we're still entrenched in the former category, though Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom isn't playing games when it comes to taking pictures. This thing wields a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and is the first smartphone for feature a 10x optical zoom, which is assisted by a spin-to-focus manual control ring. AT&T will become the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to offer the Galaxy S4 Zoom starting November 8, at which time you'll be able to grab the device for $25 per month on an AT&T Next installment agreement, or $200 with a two-year service contract.... Read more...
AT&T is about to offer its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Samsung. Starting November 8, 2013, you'll be able to snag a Samsung ATIV S Neo from AT&T for $21 per month with an AT&T Next plan, or $100 with a two-year service agreement. AT&T Next, if you're not familiar, allows you to break up the full retail cost of the device over 20 monthly payments with no down payment or activation fee. After 12 payments, you'll eligible to upgrade to a new handset and the process starts anew. "We are excited to add the Samsung ATIV S Neo with its large, sharp 4.77-inch HD display and expandable microSD memory to our best-in-class Windows Phone portfolio," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice... Read more...
AT&T said it raked in $32.2 billion in consolidated revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, up 2 percent versus the same time period a year ago. Ma Bell also posted $26 billion in operating expenses, $6.2 billion in operating income, and net income of $3.8 billion compared to $3.6 billion in the year-earlier quarter. The wireless outfit added nearly 1 million mobile subscribers in the third quarter, which accounted for $17.5 billion in revenue, up 5.1 percent year-over year. Wireless service revenue increased 3.7 percent, which attributed $15.5 billion to the pot. In addition, wireless data revenues jumped 17.6 percent from the previous year to $5.5 billion. AT&T said it continued... Read more...
Google is shaking up the ISP field in a big way with its Google Fiber service, and some of the fruit it has shaken loose pertains to AT&T launching a competing service in Austin, which Google has slated as one of the cities to get its gigabit Internet and TV service soon. AT&T is launching a 100% fiber network that promises gigabit speeds under its U-Verse brand (with GigaPower) along with high-end TV services that include HD-ready whole-home DVR (for up to 8 TVs), which is a step toward competing directly with Google’s Internet-and-TV package. AT&T is looking to beat Google to the punch, though; the service provider says that it will launch its U-Verse with GigaPower option... Read more...
As much as Apple would love it if every iPad owner purchased a new model every time it came out with a new version, not everyone has that kind of disposable income. That means there are people out there who are still using the original iPad launched back in 2010, and those who opted for the 3G model may be getting some financial compensation for broken promises. There was a class action lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T due to the wireless carrier's promise and subsequent cancellation of unlimited data on iPad 3G models. A proposed settlement that's already been approved by a U.S. District Court judge in San Jose would have Apple cut a check for $40 to everyone in the U.S. who bought or... Read more...
Today is launch day for Apple's new flagship iPhone 5S and its less expensive sibling, the iPhone 5C. Since Apple opted not to allow pre-orders for the higher-end version, the only way to get one today is to march into a brick-and-mortar store and hope they have one in stock (word on the web is that Radio Shack might be your best bet). Alternately, you can order one of the new phones online direct from Apple, though shipping times are all over the map. Let's start with the Space Gray version of the iPhone 5S, which is supposed to be the most popular. As it currently stands, the 16GB model ships in 7-10 business days for AT&T and Verizon subscribers, and 1-3 business days for Sprint. The same... Read more...
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