Verizon AT&T Two Year Contracts

Why you should never sign another two-year wireless contract

By on February 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Why you should never sign another two-year wireless contract

Your wireless carrier will probably tempt you with the offer of a cheap smartphone the next time your wireless contract expires. As The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern explains, however, you shouldn’t even think about taking them up on it. More →

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U.S. Carrier Unlocking Scorecard

One U.S. carrier is way better at unlocking phones than the rest… and it’s not T-Mobile

By on February 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

One U.S. carrier is way better at unlocking phones than the rest… and it’s not T-Mobile

Last week, legislation from the U.S. government requiring carriers to unlock their customers’ phones went into effect. There are still some restrictions, but unlocking your phone should be easier than ever before. Unfortunately, only one of the four major carriers is actually abiding by all of the requirements a week after the new rules were set in place. More →

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AT&T GigaPower Vs. Google Fiber

AT&T’s Google Fiber rival goes live in Kansas City

By on February 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

AT&T’s Google Fiber rival goes live in Kansas City

Isn’t it great what real competition can do for the home broadband market? AT&T on Monday announced that its new U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service is now available to residents in Kansas City, which just happens to be the first city where Google launched its Google Fiber service. More →

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AT&T Rollover Data Deal 7GB

AT&T offers its sweetest rollover data deal yet

By on February 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

AT&T offers its sweetest rollover data deal yet

AT&T was late to the game with its own rollover data plan but the carrier isn’t done trying to come up with new ways to make it a more compelling offer. AT&T on Friday announced that for a limited time it will offer a new 7GB Mobile Share Value plan that has rollover data thrown in as well. More →

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iPhone 6 SIM Unlocking

You can unlock your iPhone 6 for free on any carrier starting this week – here’s how

By on February 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

You can unlock your iPhone 6 for free on any carrier starting this week – here’s how

Last summer, President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. This made it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones, but until now, carriers haven’t been required to sell unlocked phones or honor unlock requests (although most did anyway).

That’s going to change on February 11th. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

By on February 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

If AT&T hates the FCC’s net neutrality plan, it has only Verizon to blame

As expected, both AT&T and Verizon are very unhappy with the Federal Communications Commission after chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled a proposal to reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. AT&T in particular pined for the days when the FCC was run by more reasonable people such as Julius Genachowski, whom it praised for crafting a compromise net neutrality plan that all sides could live with. More →

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AT&T Unlimited Data FTC

The FTC’s latest ruling should send a chill down AT&T’s spine

By on January 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

The FTC’s latest ruling should send a chill down AT&T’s spine

Is your “unlimited” mobile data really unlimited if your carrier throttles it down to slower speeds at certain times? Per Re/code, the Federal Trade Commission this week ordered prepaid mobile carrier TracFone to pay $40 million for throttling its customers’ data connections despite the fact that they had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. However, it’s the FTC’s rationale for why TracFone should pay up that really ought to make larger carriers like AT&T worry. More →

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AT&T Unlimited Data Throttling FTC

AT&T says the FTC can’t do anything to stop its throttling of ‘unlimited’ data customers

By on January 8, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

AT&T says the FTC can’t do anything to stop its throttling of ‘unlimited’ data customers

OK, so it looks like AT&T has been throttling data speeds for customers who have “unlimited” data plans despite the fact that those plans are supposed to be, well, unlimited. Who’s going to do anything about it? The Federal Trade Commission? Well, maybe not. As Ars Technica reports, AT&T doesn’t think the FTC has the jurisdiction to stop them. More →

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AT&T BlackBerry Passport Sale

AT&T will soon sell an even sexier version of the BlackBerry Passport

By on January 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM.

AT&T will soon sell an even sexier version of the BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry’s Passport is a beast of a smartphone but now it looks like BlackBerry has been working to smooth out some of its rough edges. AT&T announced on Wednesday that it will soon start selling the BlackBerry Passport, which arrive on the carrier with an exclusive new design that features round corners instead of the sharp ones featured on the original device, as you can see in the picture below. More →

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AT&T Vs. T-Mobile Rollover Data

T-Mobile just got AT&T to follow another of its ‘Un-carrier’ ideas

By on January 7, 2015 at 10:24 AM.

T-Mobile just got AT&T to follow another of its ‘Un-carrier’ ideas

Gee, who could have seen this coming? Less than a month after T-Mobile announced that it would start letting some of its customers roll over unused mobile data into subsequent pay periods, AT&T has come out with a similar rollover data plan of its own. More →

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AT&T T-Mobile Cramming Refunds

Don’t forget: T-Mobile and AT&T might still owe you money

By on December 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

Don’t forget: T-Mobile and AT&T might still owe you money

Have you been an AT&T or T-Mobile subscriber at any point over the past five years? If so, your mobile carrier might owe you money. As we’ve reported in the past, both AT&T and T-Mobile were caught “cramming” unauthorized charges on to consumers’ phone bills, but there’s still plenty of time to get a refund. More →

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AT&T Verizon Tax Breaks

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

This may shock you, but giving large companies special tax deals doesn’t magically lead to full employment and economic paradise. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AT&T and Verizon started receiving huge tax breaks starting in 2008 as part of a stimulus package and since then have actually reduced their combined employee counts by around 100,000 people. More →

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AT&T Unlimited Data Throttling Fix

Revealed: AT&T’s sneakiest tricks for throttling ‘unlimited’ data customers

By on December 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

Revealed: AT&T’s sneakiest tricks for throttling ‘unlimited’ data customers

When AT&T throttles the data speeds of its customers who have “unlimited” data plans, it really means business. Ars Technica reports that AT&T “unlimited” data customers can’t stop AT&T from throttling them even if they turn off their phones’ LTE radios and try to get their data solely from the carrier’s HSPA+ network. More →

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