Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone was hotly anticipated this year, and Android fans were still blown away by the powerful new Nexus phone when it was finally unveiled. Unfortunately, getting your hands on the sleek new Motorola-built Nexus phablet isn’t as easy as it should be. Despite the fact that the phone launched some time ago, most Android enthusiasts eager to get their hands on Google’s latest available pure Android experience still don’t have their phones in hand — even if they were among the first to preorder the Nexus 6.
If you’re an AT&T subscriber looking to upgrade to a new iPhone before the end of the year, you’re in luck. MacRumors discovered this week that AT&T is offering a $50 bill credit to anyone who purchases a new iPhone from the Apple Store, whether you’re shopping online or at a retail location. Oddly, neither Apple nor AT&T are advertising this deal publicly.
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In early October, the FTC announced that it was slapping AT&T with a $105 million lawsuit after discovering that the company was charging its customers for unauthorized third-party services that they never signed up for in the first place. This is a practice known as “cramming,” and the FTC has been cracking down on it in recent months. More →
AT&T on Friday afternoon announced a major deal that, if approved, will see the United States’ No. 2 wireless carrier become a major player in Mexico as well. The company announced that it has reached a deal to acquire Mexican wireless service provider lusacell from Grupo Salinas for $2.5 billion. The deal includes all of lusacell’s spectrum licenses, network assets and retail stores. lusacell currently serves 8.6 million subscribers and, according to AT&T, its network covers 70% of the population of Mexico. More →
The wireless industry in the United States is in something of a transitional period. Things were fairly stagnant for quite some time and then T-Mobile rocked the industry last year, led by outspoken CEO John Legere and his “Uncarrier” initiatives. Rival carriers were visibly shaken, and they had no choice but to play defense in an effort to slow T-Mobile’s gains. But things have settled a bit and we’re finally seeing some offense from leading carriers once again.
AT&T announced on Friday that its top tier Mobile Share Value plan customers will receive more data for no extra cost beginning November 2nd. Once the new plans go into effect, customers paying $40 for 2GB will be upgraded to 3GB and those paying $70 for 4GB will be upgraded to 6GB. All Mobile Share Value plans will also include unlimited talk, text and international messaging for no additional charge. More →
The Federal Trade Commission just brought down the hammer on AT&T for allegedly misleading “millions” of smartphone users with promises of unlimited data plans. In a complaint filed in a federal court on Tuesday, the FTC alleged that AT&T has been misleading its own subscribers “by charging them for ‘unlimited’ data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.” More →
Wireless price wars are good for consumers but not-so-great for carriers’ bottom lines. AT&T on Wednesday reported earnings of $0.63 per share on revenues of $32.96 billion, which slightly missed the consensus estimate of $0.64 per share on revenues of $33.22 billion. But while AT&T’s earnings only just missed expectations, Bloomberg reports that the company also cut its estimates for revenue growth on the year amid fierce competition with smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint. More →
Over the past several months, wireless carriers have found themselves in hot water over a “cramming” scandal which involves placing third-party charges on customers’ bills without permission. Like T-Mobile before it, AT&T has been caught billing its customers for $9.99 subscriptions to ringtones and premium text message services that they never signed up for. Worst of all, AT&T kept at least 35% of the charges. More →
Pretty much everyone hates wireless data caps, particularly the ones that get you slapped with huge overage fees for going over them. However, Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin has taken a look at some of the recent changes that carriers have implemented to their wireless data cap policies and has concluded that they never needed to implement such strict caps on their customers in the first place. More →
Buying a smartphone can be a frustratingly deceptive process. Sure, a 16GB iPhone 6 might only cost $199 up front, but after finding a contract with talk, text and a few gigabytes of data, you could easily spend between $1000-2000 before you’re due for an upgrade. But what if you could get one of the best affordable handsets on the market for less than $200 without a signing up for a contract? More →