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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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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AT&T DirecTV Acquisition

AT&T reportedly nearing $50B DirecTV deal that would make it America’s top pay TV provider

By on May 12, 2014 at 5:11 PM.

AT&T reportedly nearing $50B DirecTV deal that would make it America’s top pay TV provider

If at first you don’t succeed… buy, buy again. According to a report from Bloomberg on Monday afternoon, AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire pay TV giant DirecTV. Multiple unnamed sources tell the news organization that the deal could cost AT&T about $100 per share, or a total of roughly $50 billion. More →

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AT&T Vs. T-Mobile Price War

AT&T really doesn’t want you saying it’s in a price war with T-Mobile

By on May 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

AT&T really doesn’t want you saying it’s in a price war with T-Mobile

Is AT&T feeling the heat from the “Uncarrier?” Not if AT&T CFO John Stephens is to be believed. CNET reports that Stephens told an investor conference on Thursday that all of the talk about AT&T being in a “price war” with T-Mobile is just media hype and that the company isn’t under pressure to react to moves being made by the scrappy carrier that has shook up the wireless industry over the last year.

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Cell Phone Plans Comparison

The ultimate tool for comparing cell phones and service plans from every carrier

By on May 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

The ultimate tool for comparing cell phones and service plans from every carrier

With all the fantastic smartphones that have launched in recent months, finding a great phone is becoming easier than ever. Finding the right wireless provider and the right service plan, however, can be a much more daunting task. More →

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AT&T Sponsored Data Net Neutrality

Why AT&T’s newest data cap scheme may be even worse than you think

By on May 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM.

Why AT&T’s newest data cap scheme may be even worse than you think

AT&T has been billing its potential “sponsored data” initiative as a big win for its subscribers, since it will let them consume data from their favorite websites and apps on an unlimited basis as long as those apps and websites “sponsor” their data by paying AT&T a fee. However, GigaOM’s Antonios Drossos makes a compelling case that schemes such as this are even more of a threat to the open Internet than even the Federal Communications Commission’s heavily criticized plan to allow ISPs to create Internet “fast lanes” where big companies can pay to have their data delivered more quickly than over the standard Internet. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Acquisition

AT&T eying DirecTV takeover in a move that could make it America’s top pay TV provider

By on May 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

AT&T eying DirecTV takeover in a move that could make it America’s top pay TV provider

With Comcast and Time Warner Cable fighting to merge, AT&T has no intentions of sitting idle. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night reported that AT&T has approached satellite TV giant DirecTV about a possible acquisition. As the report notes, such a deal would instantly propel AT&T from being a somewhat small player in the pay TV market to being the No. 2 provider in a post-Comcast/TWC merger world. Should Comcast’s acquisition fall through, a DirecTV deal would make AT&T the top pay TV provider in the country with nearly 26 million subscribers, after adding DirecTV’s 20 million households to its own 5.7 million. The Journal notes that such a deal would be worth at least $40 billion, which is DirecTV’s current market capitalization.

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AT&T In-Flight 4G LTE

AT&T’s next big move: In-flight WiFi based on its high-speed LTE service

By on April 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

AT&T’s next big move: In-flight WiFi based on its high-speed LTE service

AT&T wants to make sure you never go without data connectivity on a flight ever again. The carrier announced on Monday that is “plans to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service” for commercial airlines that will arrive as soon as late 2015. AT&T says that the network will provide much more reliable service than other in-flight Wi-Fi services that are regularly marred by inconsistent connectivity and slow data speeds.  More →

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AT&T 600MHz Spectrum Auction

Surprise: AT&T’s threat to boycott the 600MHz auction was completely empty

By on April 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

Surprise: AT&T’s threat to boycott the 600MHz auction was completely empty

You didn’t really think AT&T was going to sit around and watch Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile gobble up incredibly valuable spectrum on the 600MHz band, did you? Well, neither did the Federal Communications Commission, which earlier this week called AT&T’s bluff and essentially dared it to skip out on what might be the most important wireless spectrum auction we’ll see for years. More →

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