Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    Choosing a wireless communications service provider stateside based on which of the “big four” offers the best unlimited data deals isn’t easy, given all the ifs and buts, the fine print and restrictions, various strings attached, artificial throttling, or DirecTV obligations you have to consider before making your decision. But one thing’s been made abundantly clear by Verizon’s head honchos in recent months, with T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom launches apparently changing very little of the market leader’s philosophy. According to Big Red CFO Fran Shammo… yet ...

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    Samsung is on the steep decline from the height of its recall of every sold Galaxy Note 7 unit with a potential of containing an explosive battery. Even as official new sales dates are a bit far off, carriers in the US have started selling brand new Note 7 phones in addition to handling exchanges. For AT&T, the games have only just begun as it has notified customers who have purchased a Note 7 prior to September 15 that new units are available for their exchange. Users are also getting an OTA update that will automatically download and install. Data charges for this update will be ...

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    Big Orange wants to hit several birds sitting on a power line with a few tiny plastic antenna units. AT&T is launching Project AirGig into the public, its effort to spread internet service wirelessly through the United States power grid. Affordable antenna units are supposedly able to redistribute wireline and wireless signals around or near, but not directly through medium-voltage cables. Nothing needs to be plugged into the power lines themselves and no new spectrum needs to be licensed. The company believes that these signals can help it deliver last-mile service while eliminating ...

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    The iPhone 7 uses one of two cellular modems. CDMA variants get a Qualcomm modem while insurgent supplier Intel covers the GSM versions. And boy, have T-Mobile customers been getting the butt end of things with an iOS 10 update that screwed up cellular connectivity. Here's the ironic issue that leads into this story: some T-Mobile customers were able to rejigger their older iPhone's radios by toggling Airplane Mode on and off. In this unrelated case, an AT&T iPhone 7 unit only has its cellular problems exacerbated with the on-and-off of Airplane Mode. Yasser El-Haggan reported ...

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    AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have spectrum in the AWS-3 bands, but they're not using it just yet as they build out spectrum across lower and high frequencies as well as their AWS-1 bands (in LTE terms, Band 4). Well, a swift kick in the pants from LG may get the gears cranking. The company can also claim another first — you know, besides the whole "native Android Nougat phone" deal. FCC Office of Engineering and Technology filings show that its upcoming V20, soon to serve all three networks, will support LTE Band 66, a key part of that empty, unused (at least by those carriers) ...

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    Since AT&T is about to do away with 2G forever at the end of the year and T-Mobile, amazingly enough, won't be until 2021, the Un-carrier thought of maybe roping in a few extra subscribers with new Internet of Things technology with its old, old wireless standard. It is offering AT&T customers with IoT data services free SIMs as needed to switch their devices to T-Mobile's "new spectrum-efficient" GSM network and a complimentary 50MB of data for each device per month until January. After that, a specialized T-Mobile One plan would kick in, though we don't know the cost as of yet. ...

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    Didn't we warn you earlier? The social media posts complaining about one thing or another? In this case, it's about iPhone 7 pre-orders. And that Jet Black version did sell out quick — in many cases, people reported "minutes". First, a quick word of what's happening with the earliest possible shipping dates for the four other colors (Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold) on the Apple Store site: For AT&T, the 32GB iPhone 7 models will be shipped between September 26 and 28. The 128GB Rose Gold model will be shipped during that time as well. All other iPhone 7 variants will ship ...

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    We get it, major software updates take time in the chaotic, loosely Google-governed, open-source mobile world. Especially when both third-party OEMs and notoriously laggy US carriers are involved in the “optimization” process. And yes, it makes perfect sense for the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and S6 Edge+ to be prioritized over the older, less popular Note 4 and outright weird and experimental Note Edge. But with Sprint capable of getting the Marshmallow ball rolling here way back in March, and Verizon and T-Mobile following suit in June, we can’t find AT&T any acceptable excuse ...

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    Sprint is getting the butt end of LG's V20 this year as it did last year with the V10. Today, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all announced carriage of the chaebol's latest flagship, the first to boot with Android Nougat. None have given pricing and dates of sales. T-Mobile priced the V10 at $600 on launch (October 30, 2015) while AT&T and Verizon went into the upper-$600 range. Who knows if Sprint will pull a late breaker, but it doesn't look that way right now. Source: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon

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    Nearly every Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled by Samsung due to the risk of exploding batteries, but how the returns are to be handled will be up to points of sales. In the US, three of the four major carriers have issued press releases regarding the issue. Verizon also has notified customers through an update to its description on the Note 7's product page, now buried in its online smartphone showcase. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 at the request of Samsung. AT&T is encouraging customers to exchange their Note 7 units for a Galaxy S7, ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    The Federal Trade Commission has lost a fight over mobile data throttling against AT&T. This two-year-old case stemmed over the FTC's accusation that the carrier needed to inform the commission before slowing down the data speeds of customers using excessive amounts of it on a grandfathered unlimited plan. The agency said that such deceptive practices are prohibited under the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Ninth Circuit court of appeals, however, ordered a lower court to dismiss the lawsuit. AT&T's argument for throttling was that the Act allowed common carriers to do so. The ...

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    While you may not be used to seeing ordinarily nichey ruggedized gadgets get as much mainstream attention as the recently unveiled Kyocera DuraForce PRO, this muscular 5-incher has a lot more going for it than just a robust, IP68-certified and Military Standard 810G-complying exterior. Following several non-rugged mobile trends, the DuraForce PRO doubles down on rear-facing cameras, also accommodating a fingerprint sensor within its physical power button, and supporting wireless charging (via accessories sold separately). The secondary snapper on the Full HD 5-incher’s back is billed as ...

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    Both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T have gotten their Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates this weekend. The build is MMB29M and has the August 1 security patch level. The OTA weighs in at just a tad over 900MB for the S5 Active and about 945MB — give or take — for the regular Galaxy S5. About a week from today, it'll be 11 months since images of Android Marshmallow were released for the Nexus devices. Source: AT&T (1, 2) Via: Android Police (1, 2)

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    T-Mobile’s recent Un-carrier 12 announcement essentially put traditional data plans to rest with “One” unlimited option for all, Sprint instantly responded by launching Unlimited Freedom service on a wide scale, while AT&T has Mobile Share Advantage up its sleeve. What does Verizon have? Bloatware, and before long, possibly even more pre-installed Android apps you don’t need. But although Sprint can’t refrain from passingly yanking Big Red’s chain for forcing data caps on its subscribers, no matter how much they’re willing to spend, the Now Network’s latest press ...

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    Last week, unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones got the Anniversary Update. This week, the carriers' phones get their turn. It started with AT&T's Lumia 950 today getting the update to 14393.67. There's no new firmware for the double-tap to wake feature, but it's still the Anniversary Update. Whether or not you're in for the same disappointment elsewhere is to be determined. AT&T hasn't officially listed the update on its device support page for the Lumia 950, but check your settings throughout the week for the update. Via: Windows Central

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    Time to knock some balls about. RootMetrics chewed through 265,386 miles across all 50 states and performed nearly 3.7 million tests in conditions from the great outdoors to the urban jungles and, yes, even inside the concrete canopies of 125 metropolitan areas. All of that just to find out how our big four carriers in the US are doing. So, how did everyone do? Well, Verizon's the winner because duh, AT&T's second, but who came in last? Here are the criteria and scores (base on a 100-point scale): [table] Criteria,AT&T,Sprint,T-Mobile,Verizon Reliability,92.4,90.1,84.0,95.7 ...

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    Sprint made it there first. Then came T-Mobile. Freaking Verizon also has a roaming agreement in Cuba. It seems that when US travel restrictions got the kibosh last year, everyone wanted to make deals across the river to keep their tourist customers connected. AT&T is the last of the major national carriers to sign an agreement with a local provider (in this case, ETECSA) for roaming services in Cuba. Data is covered as is text and talk. Availability and pricing are subject to later announcements, likely under AT&T's Passport program. Source: AT&T Via: CNET

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    Could it be a coincidence that Sprint successfully completed its Unlimited Freedom market trials just as T-Mobile surprisingly decided to pull the plug on data plans altogether in one of the boldest Un-carrier moves yet? We think not, and the Now Network might be trying to beat Magenta at its own game, raining on the ONE parade with an arguably cheaper two-line unlimited everything scheme. For only $100 a month, compared to $120, a pair of Sprint subscribers can send however many texts they like, make all the voice calls in the world, and browse the web sans worries. The big catch? Video, ...

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    Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names. First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak. The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T ...

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    Verizon made some changes to its plan pricing recently and added some features that T-Mobile and Sprint have had for a while. Starting August 21, it's AT&T's turn to shuffle around its Mobile Share Value plans. The Death Star's new Mobile Share Advantage plans will get rid of data overage fees and introduce overage throttling, stunting your connection speeds to 128kbps if you happen to hop over your limit for the month. The company points out that its Rollover Data feature is still here — letting you use your unused data for an extra billing cycle — and still free, unlike Verizon's ...

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    What's a few days between a multinational tech conglomerate and its anticipating customers? Well, possibly a few weeks of shipping hassles. But if you're hitting your carrier up for an iPhone this September, you're probably going to have an easier time than most and without the wait until 3am Eastern/midnight Pacific. That said, it'd help if you could get an idea of how long you'll have to wait for your AT&T iPhone 7 (or 6SE). And 9to5Mac thinks it has an idea, thanks to a leaked AT&T store reset schedule. Two dates are listed on it: September 9, and September 23. The former ...

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    As with the Kyocera DuraForce XD, AT&T will be the first the actiony, exciting, holy cheeseballs Kyocera DuraForce PRO. The Japanese manufacturer continues to serve its niche of customers who happen to like their phones tough, rugged and ready for anything with its "Super Wide View HD Action Camera" while AT&T gets to pull in its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service as well. Unfortunately, there's no pricing and date on the darn phone yet. Perhaps T-Mobile will strike out of left field with their table-flipping mannerisms. Something the DuraForce Pro might be able to take. Source: AT&T

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    We've seen AT&T bolster its smartphone lineup for its first-party prepaid GoPhone service. It's also committed to a revamp of its plan structure with more data than ever — although you'll probably find better deals at AT&T subsidiary Cricket Wireless. But here we go again with another temporary, but major change in the plans, this one benefiting accounts with more customers on it. Through September 22, you can apply for a GoPhone plan and get a monthly discount on up to five lines for a total savings of $50 per month. Business can get up to $150 off per month with up to ten lines ...

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    Windows 10 is getting updated as it has passed on its first year of release. Windows 10 Mobile? Not so much. We haven't had the luxury of figuring out when the heck the update would come until recently — and what good is covering Windows 10 around without an update planned for Windows 10 Mobile? Well, Windows Central is confirming a piece of information spotted in a tweet from the Lumia India Twitter account — the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update will start rolling out to unlocked devices on August 9. Carrier-specific devices will have to wait until August 16, courtesy of ...

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