AT&T CEO Stephenson DirecTV Merger

AT&T CEO makes the worst possible argument for the DirecTV merger

By on June 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM.

AT&T CEO makes the worst possible argument for the DirecTV merger

Is AT&T actually trying to convince people to support the DirecTV merger or is this all part of a competition with Comcast and Time Warner Cable to see which major proposed merger will generate the most public hostility? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to make the case that his company’s proposed merger with DirecTV will be good for consumers. And right off the bat, Stephenson made a highly dubious argument that we’d have a hard time believing was real if it hadn’t been relayed to us through AT&T’s own Twitter account. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Acquisition

AT&T CEO says Sprint/T-Mobile merger isn’t happening

By on June 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM.

AT&T CEO says Sprint/T-Mobile merger isn’t happening

When AT&T tried to acquire T-Mobile back in 2011, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that there was no way AT&T should be allowed by regulators to acquire T-Mobile — only Sprint should be allowed to acquire T-Mobile. It took three years, but Sprint will soon see how regulators feel about its plans to merge with T-Mobile. Hesse was incredibly vocal in opposing AT&T’s attempted T-Mobile takeover. While it looks like AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson won’t fight the Sprint/T-Mobile deal quite as vigorously, he did have some thoughts to share on the matter. More →

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Amazon Smartphone AT&T Exclusivity Deal

Legere rips Amazon with brutal ‘Facebook phone’ comparison

By on June 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM.

Legere rips Amazon with brutal ‘Facebook phone’ comparison

If you don’t understand why Amazon is releasing its first smartphone as an exclusive device for AT&T, you aren’t alone. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter on Tuesday to bash Amazon for its reported decision to go with AT&T as its exclusive carrier for the new smartphone it will unveil on Wednesday. More →

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Amazon Smartphone AT&T Exclusive

Amazon’s first smartphone confirmed to be an AT&T exclusive

By on June 17, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Amazon’s first smartphone confirmed to be an AT&T exclusive

Last month amid a string of exclusive reports detailing just about everything there is to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, BGR reported that one of the handset’s key selling points will be a special data plan called “Prime Data.” Our sources were able to confirm as much, however details surrounding the special new plan were not known at the time. Multiple sources told us that Amazon’s phone would likely be an AT&T exclusive in the U.S., and they speculated that Prime Data could be an offering that provides free streaming of Prime videos and music that will not apply toward users’ data caps.

Now, one of the last few puzzle pieces has fallen into place. More →

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AT&T Customer Data Breach

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

By on June 16, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

AT&T confirms inside job responsible for customer data breach

AT&T late last week confirmed that three employees of one of the company’s vendors accessed personal data belonging to some of its customers for almost two weeks in April. The company did not say how many accounts were affected during the data breach, or why it took so long to confirm it. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Merger Cord Cutters

Cord cutters might be the biggest losers in the AT&T-DirecTV merger

By on June 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Cord cutters might be the biggest losers in the AT&T-DirecTV merger

AT&T hasn’t exactly been overwhelming us with good reasons to support its merger with DirecTV so far. Unsurprisingly, its latest regulatory filing hasn’t really changed any of that — the company is still saying that merging with DirecTV will save it money by giving it more leverage in its negotiations with content but it’s not pledging that customers will reap the benefits of those savings in the form of lower prices. However, Re/code has spotted a detail in the filing in which AT&T hints that the DirecTV might be a good deal for people who want to buy bundled services and a bad deal for cord cutters who want to get their TV fix over the Internet. More →

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AT&T Vs. T-Mobile Activation Fees

Legere pounces on AT&T’s decision to raise activation fees

By on June 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Legere pounces on AT&T’s decision to raise activation fees

It used to be that if one mobile carrier raised activation fees, rival carriers wouldn’t publicly slam them in part because they wanted to reserve the right to raise fees of their own. However, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has taken a different tack, which involves trolling AT&T nonstop for just about everything it does. So when news broke Wednesday that AT&T would be raising up its smartphone activation fees for customers who buy phones on contract, Legere predictably pounced and use it as yet another club with which to beat Ma Bell. More →

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AT&T Vs. T-Mobile 4G Speeds

PCMag: T-Mobile has blown past AT&T to become America’s 2nd-fastest 4G network

By on June 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

PCMag: T-Mobile has blown past AT&T to become America’s 2nd-fastest 4G network

That annoying sound you hear is T-Mobile CEO John Legere cackling madly. PCMag, which every year conducts a comprehensive study of wireless network speeds across the United States, has just published its latest study that shows T-Mobile has surged past AT&T and now offers the second-fastest 4G service in the United States behind Verizon. More →

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Opinions
AT&T Vs. Net Neutrality

AT&T: We’d never implement Internet fast lanes, just trust us!

By on June 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

AT&T: We’d never implement Internet fast lanes, just trust us!

AT&T’s tough-talking public policy chief Jim Cicconi wants to set the record straight: AT&T hates the idea of Internet fast lanes. That’s why he’s penned a new blog post over at Ma Bell’s website in which he excoriates net neutrality advocates for accusing AT&T and other ISPs of wanting to create Internet “fast lanes” where they charge Internet companies more money to get their traffic delivered more quickly. More →

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Cell Phone Signal Problems

Why is cell phone service in America so awful?

By on June 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

Why is cell phone service in America so awful?

Can you remember the last time your cell phone dropped a call or sat lifeless for a few moments, choking as it reconnected to the network and tried again after a failed attempt to move some data? Of course you can — it probably happened several times today alone. Here in America, we pay top dollar for cell phone service. Cell phone service at the cheapest nationwide wireless carrier, T-Mobile, costs an average of $120 per month. In Finland, people enjoy far more consistent and reliable service for an average of $130 per year.

So why is U.S. cell phone service so terrible? More →

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AT&T DirecTV Merger News

AT&T says the DirecTV merger will save money… but not for you

By on June 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

AT&T says the DirecTV merger will save money… but not for you

AT&T has just given us the best reason yet to support its merger with DirecTV, and frankly it’s not all that great. Per Re/code, AT&T said in a regulatory filing this week that one reason to support its proposed DirecTV merger would be that AT&T would gain added leverage in negotiations with content providers to lower the prices that they charge for the rights to broadcast their shows. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Announcement

AT&T announces plan to acquire DirecTV for nearly $50 billion

By on May 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

AT&T announces plan to acquire DirecTV for nearly $50 billion

AT&T announced on Sunday that its board of directors has approved plans to acquire the nation’s leading satellite TV providerDirecTV. AT&T will play $95 per share for DirecTV in a cash and stock deal worth nearly $50 billion. If the deal is approved by regulators, it will make AT&T the No. 1 pay TV provider in the world with a total of about 26 million subscribers. More →

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AT&T Vs. T-Mobile Smartphone Upgrade Plans

It’s official: AT&T and T-Mobile have the best smartphone upgrade plans

By on May 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM.

It’s official: AT&T and T-Mobile have the best smartphone upgrade plans

Every wireless carrier wants you to think that it delivers the best smartphone early upgrade plan, but which carrier actually does? Re/code decided to crunch some numbers and found that AT&T actually delivers the plan with the lowest price, although you could certainly argue that T-Mobile gives you the most bang for your buck. More →

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