Posts tagged with: AT&T
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    Mere weeks after busting Verizon’s balls and accusing it of using incomplete data and biased analysis to claim its network was better at everything from coverage to download speed, T-Mobile prevails in an exhaustive comparison of America’s big four carriers put together by OpenSignal. The seemingly independent company collected over 376 million datapoints from close to 182,000 users between October and December 2015, recording normal 3G and 4G consumption habits in normal usage, both indoors and out, in big cities and the countryside. Thus, OpenSignal states, its measurements represent ...

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    You know what's cool? Having a bunch of connected gadgets. You know what sucks? Having a unique phone number for each and every one. Thanks to the proliferation of instant messaging and VOIP calling services, being tied to a mobile phone number has become less of an issue in recent years – but there are still those who prefer the old-fashioned voice call, and the venerable SMS is still a solid standby when you've got friends who chafe at the intrusiveness of Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. For them, the idea of maintaining separate phone numbers for a 4G tablet, ...

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    AT&T is a big company that's growing ever fatter still. DirecTV got absorbed. Two Mexican carriers were bought out to form AT&T Mexico. It's been edging after more customers with more data and more spectrum. And yet, the Death Star has been quiet. Too quiet. It even chose to skip out on playing around with some ball-based advertisements! Okay, that was cheap. The Dallas-based company told investors that it added 2.2 million wireless subscribers in the US and 638,000 in Mexico in the quarter. The US breakdown comes to 526,000 postpaid subscriptions and 469,000 postpaid ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    Those worrying about cascading impacts from the still-new zero-rated data programs have been looking toward what the FCC might assess them as. Are they net neutral policies or not? T-Mobile has had a colorful month in defending its own Binge On scheme from criticism while AT&T and Comcast have their own programs as well. The Commission asked representatives from the three companies to meet with them for discussions. Republican commissioners called it a "witch hunt" for shaming and regulation. But, after the discussions were done and over with, an FCC spokesperson has said that: FCC ...

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    As time goes on, and technology improves, it only gets cheaper and cheaper to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access, right? We'll wait a moment for you to stop laughing. Back in the day, wireless providers were keen to keen to lure in users with the promise of unlimited data at affordable rates, but in the years since we've seen many of those offers dry up. Nowadays, if you're lucky enough to have one of those grandfathered old unlimited accounts, you're going to be paying a hell of a lot for the same kind of access to data – and often with a whole lot of restrictions. AT&T ...

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    Surprise! Someone leaked a Sprint employee training manual yesterday showing off the company's plans to kick most of the two-year contracts it offers to the bucket. We did question when the move was going to happen, though, as it was the night before AT&T was tipped to stop the contracts, too. Lo and behold, Sprint and AT&T have both dropped them today. Both companies' sites do not feature phones payable through a two-year contract. The two are tied for last in committing to equipment installment plans and leasing options for phones as Verizon did last year. T-Mobile made the ...

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    As unusually muscular and robust as rugged handhelds might look at a first glance, rarely do they stick with most mobile consumers for more than a few days after their formal announcements, catering to a very finite number of people that want specific devices to handle specific needs. The AT&T-exclusive Kyocera DuraForce XD was probably no exception to the 15 minutes of fame rule, escaping all your minds shortly after its mid-October introduction. But for some reason, the unbreakable phablet will only go on sale this Friday, January 8, getting a second release at CES in Vegas, with a ...

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    BlackBerry’s long overdue rookie Android effort has one shot and one shot only to meet ambitious sales goals. It must expand from AT&T to the rest of America’s “big four” carriers as soon as possible, preferably before the rival spring 2016 flagships start to trickle in. Granted, the Priv has been doing a decent enough job at the box-office with just one telecom provider in its corner, but once the Galaxy S7s, HTC Perfumes, and LG G5s go official, its mainstream appeal may dramatically dry up, especially if discounts aren’t enforced in time or they’re capped off at $100 ...

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    T-Mobile got rid of two-year phone contracts nearly three years ago and embarked on a continuous campaign ever since to steal away subscribers from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. It took until this year for Magenta's competition to join the pool. Verizon has officially ditched the contract for new customers on August 13 while AT&T started limiting availability of contracts to company stores and online. It seems that AT&T is ready to drop the other shoe as an employee has leaked out a company brief that announces the demise of the two-year agreement starting January 8. New and ...

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    Routing voice calls over the high-speed, high-bandwidth, high-efficiency LTE network makes all the sense in the world. Beyond making better use of sparse spectrum resources, voice over LTE (VoLTE) allows for the use of much higher-end sampling and compressions systems than standard GSM voice calls, resulting in pronounced call audio-quality improvements. Really, the biggest problem with VoLTE so far has been its limited availability: even if you had a phone that was compatible with your carrier's VoLTE offering, for many users you could only enjoy those VoLTE benefits when calling someone ...

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    The numbers two, three and four (especially three) of the US mobile carrier landscape have been ruthlessly hunting for disgruntled competitor subscribers, aiming their switch-incentivizing campaigns in particular at Verizon. Though well ahead of T-Mobile and Sprint in user counts, and unlikely to see its domination challenged by AT&T very soon either, Big Red might be starting to feel the heat, kicking off a hard to resist network swap offer. Like a “not-so-cool holiday sweater”, you can now ditch the “wrong network” without worrying too much of the consequences. That’s ...

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    Aside from more publicity money than any human can count, and a sense of community like no other, the thing that makes Apple’s pricey iPhones so popular and profitable is without a doubt a software support protocol far superior to those of Android device manufacturers. Yes, the iOS ecosystem is closed, which may seem a major inconvenience from a certain standpoint, but at the same time, Cupertino doesn’t have to listen to carrier partners when it comes to updates. Fragmentation is ergo a non-issue, unlike in Google land, and Microsoft wants to follow a similar tactic, no matter who ...

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    Face it, Windows Mobile enthusiasts, there are no palpable Lumia 950, 950 XL or even 550 discounts coming this holiday season, nor should you continue dreaming of year-end updates for older models. But if you can make do without Continuum support or other high-end goodies, and don’t mind playing the Windows 10 waiting game a while longer, Best Buy has you covered. The WP 8.1-running Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 are available on and offline at $50 and $30 respectively, down from $80 and $50. The catch? You’ll need to activate the former on AT&T, and the latter on T-Mobile. The ...

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    Is it nearly time to stop talking about holiday-season shopping? We suppose you technically do have a few days left, but by this late date we hope you've got all the names crossed off your list, all you boxes wrapped, and you're finally getting to that stage where you can sit back and actually enjoy yourself. Maybe with all those gift recipients taken care of it's finally time to think about what you want for yourself, and if that means a new smartphone, Best Buy just shared details about a promotion that takes a hot deal from last week and makes the offer a lot more attractive, extending ...

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    Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler previously spoke of T-Mobile's new Binge On service rather kindly, calling the paid-for streaming data perk "highly innovative and highly competitive." The FCC is also eyeing AT&T as it has a Data Perks program that trades filling sponsored surveys for up to an extra gigabyte on your account each month. And in those veins, Comcast has introduced an unlimited access "Stream TV" program that is described as "a cable service that only works in the customer's home." Today, Wheeler announced that he's requested meetings with the three ...

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    Update: Thanks to everyone who entered, but only one of you is going home with the BlackBerry Priv. Our lucky winner is Peter H. in the UK. Peter, be on the lookout for an email where we'll get your shipping info, before we send this shiny new Priv your way. To everyone else, thanks for entering, and stay tuned to Pocketnow for your next chance to win! ___ Is it true what they say about good things coming in pairs? If you're interested in free smartphones, we've got just the ammunition to help support that theory, as we're giving away not one, but two BlackBerry Priv handsets with the help ...

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    If you needed an extra incentive to buy one of the best, prettiest, smoothest Apple Watch rivals around from the nation’s second largest mobile carrier, today brings two to the table. First of all, a deep on-contract price cut to $99.99. Free of lengthy pacts, AT&T charges a whopping $300 for the Samsung Gear S2, while Verizon continues to ask a scandalous $350 on full retail, and $300 with two-year agreements. Meanwhile, Amazon or Best Buy are slightly more generous than Big Red, though their $250 and up rates remain 150 percent higher than Ma Bell’s network-tied special offer. No ...

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    HTC promised short lead times for the One A9's Android updates. 15 days, in fact. Turns out that BlackBerry's running on its own speedy pace, too. We told you about the unlocked BlackBerry Priv notching its first security update on December 1. It's been 14 days since then and we now see AT&T coming up with its tailored-update. All the same camera and performance improvements touted with the initial release are here in the Big Orange flavor. Today's also the day when BlackBerry's suite of apps get its updates on the Play Store. Canadian carriers Bell, Telus and Rogers sent out OTAs on ...

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    UPDATE: Congratulations, Justin Reynolds! You win a BlackBerry Priv!  Thanks to AT&T and thanks to everyone who entered! And if you didn't win this one, don't lose hope: our second BlackBerry Priv giveaway still has two days to go – and it's open to the whole planet! • The art of re-gifting is a tricky business. Shortly after landing my current gig as Pocketnow's review czar, I received a Pebble smart watch as a gift – a wonderful device, but also one which I'd already owned for quite some time. Thinking it the perfect match for my bicycle-racing, rock climbing, ...

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    Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be weeks behind us, but the holiday shopping continues, and for all of you last-minute shoppers, some hot deals still remain. Today AT&T announced its latest promotion, one that could bring some serious savings to users looking to upgrade to a new flagship smartphone – and pick another up for a family member. And while AT&T's framing the deal as a buy-one-get-one-free offer for the Galaxy S6, it turns out that the deal's quite a bit more broad than that, even giving you the option to pick up a free iPhone 6S. Click on through to AT&T's promo ...

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    In reality, data is really, really cheap to move. But if you're an internet service provider, add infrastructure, maintenance, repair and expansion costs and you have yourself a bill or two to pay off. So, why not make someone other than your customers foot that bill? AT&T's been doing Data Perks — surveys done on behalf of third parties for up to an extra gigabyte of data a month. But Verizon will likely beat out Big Orange to reach what looks to be a high bar for "sponsored data" implementation as it begins testing on free data on selective content. Of course, it's not really as ...

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    Forget ominous, isolated reports in the UK hinting at system instability on Lumia 950 and 950 XL units running the RTM version of Windows 10 Mobile. The platform is likely silky smooth, or else Microsoft wouldn’t expand the newest maintenance update from the Technical Preview channel to the general public in a matter of days. Yes, build 10586.29 made its way from the Insider program’s fast ring to the slow ring to folks not part of beta testing in less than a week. Best of all, it seems Redmond indeed holds sway over carrier partners, cherry-picking AT&T so as no one could ...

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    Competing against smaller but aggressive and generous no-contract specialists like Cricket Wireless or MetroPCS can’t be easy nowadays for AT&T’s GoPhone division. A few timely deals on a slew of fairly attractive mid-range handhelds will go a long way in securing Ma Bell a robust portfolio of prepaid clients this holiday season, with Android enthusiasts allowed to pick up the ZTE Maven free of charge. No lengthy carrier agreements, no catches or strings attached, and just one condition – you have to activate the 5.1 Lollipop-running 4.5-incher on a $45 or up monthly plan. 45 ...

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    This fall's Lumia flagships have been a long time coming; Windows smartphones fans have been waiting for a new top-tier model for a while now, and they just got two in the form of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But do these models really deliver on our admittedly high expectations? Just the other day we brought you our in-depth Lumia 950 review, and while features like Continuum were big stands-outs, the presence of some annoying bugs and an overall uninspired design combined to a bring us a handset that didn't quite live up to its potential. We certainly detailed enough of those bugs in ...

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