The moment that AT&T subscribers have been waiting for since 2010 has finally arrived… but it comes with some strings attached. AT&T on Monday announced that it will be bringing back unlimited data plans for new and existing subscribers, although you’ll need to also sign up for one of AT&T’s pay TV packages to take advantage of them. More →
It looks like T-Mobile’s war against contracts has finally paid off. On Wednesday, Engadget obtained a leaked document that AT&T sent out to its employees informing them that customers will only be able to buy new phones by signing up for the AT&T Next installment plan or paying full price for the device starting on January 8th, 2016. More →
With Christmas coming up, the chances are that good you’re considering buying a new smartphone. The special Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are already gone, but you can still get the smartphone upgrade of your dreams for a great price. However, you might have to deal with carrier contracts to make your dream a reality, and you might even have to switch carriers to get a better offer on a particular phone model – or you might want to change mobile operators for entirely different reasons.
The bad news is that there might be some costs involved that you’d better be ready to pay up. The good news is that you can easily switch carriers if you want and some of them will be prepared to take care of those extra those costs for you. More →
Everyone hates the 16GB iPhone 6s. Even people who buy it hate it. It’s not that the phone doesn’t perform as well as other iPhone models, it’s simply the principle of the matter. When Apple released the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2014, it doubled each of the mid-range and top-level memory tiers without charging customers any more money. So users were able to purchase a 64GB iPhone 6 for the same price as a 32GB iPhone 5s from the prior year, and a 128GB iPhone was the same price as a 64GB iPhone 5s. The entry-level model stayed at 16GB, though. This is still the case with the iPhone 6s and people are not happy.
The move was a great one for Apple’s bottom line, obviously, because it encourages more people to buy a mid-range model instead of the entry-level iPhone. Not everyone wants to spend $750 or $850 on a smartphone though, and now you don’t have to. T-Mobile has just made another big announcement and smartphone shoppers this holiday season are going to love it almost as much as AT&T hates it. More →
Still clinging to your old grandfathered unlimited data plan on AT&T? Then get ready to pay more for it. 9to5Mac is reporting that AT&T is going to start charging users with grandfathered unlimited data plans an extra $5 per month starting in February. While no one wants to pay more for their monthly data, having a plan with unlimited LTE that costs just $35 a month is still a very good deal, especially when you consider that T-Mobile just raised the rates of its own unlimited data plans to $45 a month. Verizon, meanwhile, recently raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans from $30 to $50 a month. More →
AT&T just can’t seem to get out of its own way sometimes. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has apologized for an awesomely bad response to a longtime customer that began when Stephenson forwarded the customer’s email to AT&T’s legal department. As The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this week, AT&T customer Alfred Valrie sent Stephenson a letter that politely made suggestions for improving the company’s service. Stephenson forwarded the email to the carrier’s legal team, which sent Valerie back a rather terse response. More →
AT&T announced a new service called NumberSync on Wednesday which will allow customers to attach a single phone number to all of their connected devices. Once the service launches, AT&T customers will be able to send and receive messages, make phone calls and more from any phone, tablet or wearable device, all using the same primary number. More →
Sad but true: Millions of Americans are still reliant on dial-up services to get online because major telecom and cable companies don’t want to spend the money necessary to build out faster networks to remote rural locations. However, AT&T is testing out a new fixed wireless Internet service that can not only free people from AOL dial-up hell but can also deliver solid speeds of between 15Mbps and 25Mbps. More →
Remember back in June when the Federal Communications Commission slapped AT&T with a $100 million fine for misleading subscribers on its “unlimited” data plans? Well you can be sure that AT&T remembers, and the nation’s No. 2 wireless service provider just quietly made a huge change to its throttling policy.
At the time, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that consumers were being “deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.” We’re not sure whether or not AT&T’s disclosure is anymore sufficient now than it was back then, but changes made this week to the carrier’s data throttling policy will certainly make unlimited plan holders quite happy. More →
For decades, AT&T actively helped the NSA engage in widespread surveillance on both phone calls and Internet traffic. Citing documents made available by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, The New York Times and ProPublica both report that AT&T and the NSA have long shared a working relationship that is much closer than most people previously imagined.
In what one classified document termed a “highly collaborative” relationship, AT&T employed a number of varying methods to help the NSA acquire an incomprehensible amount of data.
If you haven’t noticed, T-Mobile has been something of a trendsetter in the wireless industry. Shortly after announcing bold initiatives such as paying off rivals’ early termination fees and giving customers rollover data plans, AT&T quickly followed suit with similar initiatives of its own. This trend is now continuing in the realm of pricing, as Engadget points out that AT&T has now tweaked its mobile data plans to better match T-Mobile’s. More →