AT&T’s long-rumored DirecTV service is going to launch next month, the company has revealed. AT&T chief Randall Stephenson announced the news as part of a discussion surrounding AT&T’s $80 billion takeover of Time Warner. With the promise to provide a traditional cable viewing experience, but without needing a cable box and for a “radically lower” price, this could be a big move.
Following numerous reports of an imminent deal, AT&T on Saturday night announced that it plans to acquire media giant Time Warner for $107.50 per share, or $85 billion. The deal, which represents a healthy premium over Time Warner’s $89.48 closing price on Friday, includes cash and stock and will be financed in part by a $40 billion loan. Should the deal be approved by regulators, AT&T will take control of HBO, CNN, TNT, Warner Bros. studio and the rest of Time Warner’s assets. More →
Following rumors earlier this week of an imminent deal, The Wall Street Journal is now reporting the AT&T has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner. AT&T will reportedly pay between $105 and $110 per share for Time Warner, making the deal worth more than $80 billion. Time Warner shares closed at $89.48 on Friday after spiking on rumors that a merger deal with AT&T could be announced as soon as this weekend. According the WSJ, AT&T and Time Warner’s boards are meeting this afternoon and the final merger proposal could be announced later on Saturday. More →
If you live in an AT&T area, chances are you’re not in love with the level of control the company already has over your internet and TV service. But according to a new report, things are about to get even worse.
The Galaxy Note 7 is not cancelled, at least not yet. Samsung decided to suspend production to investigate new explosion reports further, but there’s no official decision to terminate the smartphone. However, US carriers confirmed they will not continue to sell the phone in stores, or offer “safe” replacements to customers for the time being. Galaxy Note 7 buyers can still exchange their phones, whether they’re faulty or “safe,” for a different device of their choosing.
First came the rumors, then photos, and then the recall. Now we’ve got a second round of explosions, this time from at least one device labelled “safe.” So if you want to cut and run from your Galaxy Note 7 experience, I don’t really blame you.
Luckily, most networks are working with customers to get them other, less explosive devices for free. Here’s everything you need to know.
Getting overage charges is, objectively speaking, right up there with toe-stubbing as one of the worst things that can happen in the western world. T-Mobile has mostly killed off overage charges by switching to throttling instead, and now AT&T is following its lead.
Starting next week, AT&T will have new Mobile Share Advantage plans. The pricing is mostly similar to what is going on today, but with one crucial difference: when you go over your data allowance, you’re throttled to 2G speeds instead of having several organs removed.
I see you reaching for your calendar, but it’s true: this is not April 1st, and the story is not a joke. A large internet service provider in the USA voluntarily did something that benefits its customers and (temporarily) hurts its bottom line.
Starting on August 21st, AT&T will be increasing the data cap for home internet users on U-Verse and GigaPower plans. I have not yet found the catch, but I’m still looking.
T-Mobile has the cheapest prices and best perks in the industry, and certainly the most sweary executive. But for one of the things that matters most to customers — good customer care — AT&T actually pips the “Uncarrier” to the flag.
The latest edition of the J.D. Power satisfaction survey ranks AT&T as the network with the best overall customer care experience. T-Mobile finishes second, with Verizon and Sprint rounding out the best of the rest.
The iPhone’s price may not have changed in the past few years, as Apple is still looking to maintain its high margins on its best-selling product. But Apple and its carrier partners have found all sorts of methods of making it look affordable. If you’re already planning to buy the iPhone 7 when it comes out this fall, you better make sure you check out AT&T’s offers. Feeling the pinch from T-Mobile’s aggressive pricing schemes, the carrier is reportedly working on some strong promotions for Apple’s newest iPhone family. More →
Buying a smartphone used to be a relatively straightforward experience. You’d simply walk into your local carrier and fork over some cash for a new device and, more often than not, a new 2-year contract.
But over time, carriers got tired of subsidizing pricey smartphones, a sentiment which quickly ushered in the era of installment pricing. Today, buying a new smartphone or upgrading to a new device can be an exercise in frustration thanks to a dizzying matrix of installment plan pricing options.
To help alleviate the frustration, AT&T today announced a welcome change to its smartphone purchasing plan that promises to make the overall upgrade experience much simpler.