You know what incumbent Internet service providers don’t like? That’s right: Competition. They especially don’t like it when that competition comes in the form of government-funded municipal broadband projects like the one that’s been a big success in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The good news for incumbent ISPs about such municipal broadband projects, however, is they can be constrained or shut down with the help of effective lobbying operations.
In case you don’t know, Comcast and AT&T have very effective lobbying operations. More →
“Buy one get one” sales at carriers are very common. They’re great for promoting sales of smartphones as they grow a bit long in the tooth, or in the event that sales start to slow. For example, AT&T is currently offering a BOGO sale on the iPhone 6, which launched last September and, according to a number of estimates, is in the midst of a quicker-than-normal slowdown.
What isn’t nearly as common, however, is seeing a carrier offer a flagship smartphone for free when it hasn’t even launched yet. More →
AT&T and Intel are working to test how drones work on the LTE networks used by mobile devices.
The companies will be working to solve major issues in the space, including connectivity, according to a statement released Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More →
It looks like AT&T is done messing around. The carrier on Monday announced that starting right now it will offer up to $650 in credits per line to customers who are switching from other carriers. The process for getting these credits is pretty simple: Buy a new phone through AT&T Next, activate your service, port your current number and then trade in an eligible phone. More →
Remember back when 4G LTE came out and we were all amazed by the super-fast Internet speeds we could get on our phones? Well just wait until you get a look at what you’re going to get with 5G connectivity. AT&T on Friday unveiled its 5G network roadmap for 2016 and if all goes according to plan, the carrier could launch services on a limited basis starting this year. More →
Verizon has long been thought of as the nation’s broadest network, with coverage that always seems to stretch to areas where other networks don’t. AT&T is no stranger to vast network coverage either, and T-Mobile constantly touts the improvements made recently to its always-expanding 4G LTE network in TV commercials. Meanwhile Sprint continues to build out its network as well, still recovering from the WiMax mistake it made early on.
With all of this 4G coverage all over the country, one question still remains: Which carrier has the fastest 4G LTE network? More →
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 →