It used to be that if one mobile carrier raised activation fees, rival carriers wouldn’t publicly slam them in part because they wanted to reserve the right to raise fees of their own. However, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has taken a different tack, which involves trolling AT&T nonstop for just about everything it does. So when news broke Wednesday that AT&T would be raising up its smartphone activation fees for customers who buy phones on contract, Legere predictably pounced and use it as yet another club with which to beat Ma Bell. More →
That annoying sound you hear is T-Mobile CEO John Legere cackling madly. PCMag, which every year conducts a comprehensive study of wireless network speeds across the United States, has just published its latest study that shows T-Mobile has surged past AT&T and now offers the second-fastest 4G service in the United States behind Verizon. More →
AT&T’s tough-talking public policy chief Jim Cicconi wants to set the record straight: AT&T hates the idea of Internet fast lanes. That’s why he’s penned a new blog post over at Ma Bell’s website in which he excoriates net neutrality advocates for accusing AT&T and other ISPs of wanting to create Internet “fast lanes” where they charge Internet companies more money to get their traffic delivered more quickly. More →
Can you remember the last time your cell phone dropped a call or sat lifeless for a few moments, choking as it reconnected to the network and tried again after a failed attempt to move some data? Of course you can — it probably happened several times today alone. Here in America, we pay top dollar for cell phone service. Cell phone service at the cheapest nationwide wireless carrier, T-Mobile, costs an average of $120 per month. In Finland, people enjoy far more consistent and reliable service for an average of $130 per year.
So why is U.S. cell phone service so terrible? More →
AT&T has just given us the best reason yet to support its merger with DirecTV, and frankly it’s not all that great. Per Re/code, AT&T said in a regulatory filing this week that one reason to support its proposed DirecTV merger would be that AT&T would gain added leverage in negotiations with content providers to lower the prices that they charge for the rights to broadcast their shows. More →
AT&T announced on Sunday that its board of directors has approved plans to acquire the nation’s leading satellite TV provider, DirecTV. AT&T will play $95 per share for DirecTV in a cash and stock deal worth nearly $50 billion. If the deal is approved by regulators, it will make AT&T the No. 1 pay TV provider in the world with a total of about 26 million subscribers. More →
Every wireless carrier wants you to think that it delivers the best smartphone early upgrade plan, but which carrier actually does? Re/code decided to crunch some numbers and found that AT&T actually delivers the plan with the lowest price, although you could certainly argue that T-Mobile gives you the most bang for your buck. More →
If at first you don’t succeed… buy, buy again. According to a report from Bloomberg on Monday afternoon, AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire pay TV giant DirecTV. Multiple unnamed sources tell the news organization that the deal could cost AT&T about $100 per share, or a total of roughly $50 billion. More →
Is AT&T feeling the heat from the “Uncarrier?” Not if AT&T CFO John Stephens is to be believed. CNET reports that Stephens told an investor conference on Thursday that all of the talk about AT&T being in a “price war” with T-Mobile is just media hype and that the company isn’t under pressure to react to moves being made by the scrappy carrier that has shook up the wireless industry over the last year.
With all the fantastic smartphones that have launched in recent months, finding a great phone is becoming easier than ever. Finding the right wireless provider and the right service plan, however, can be a much more daunting task. More →
AT&T has been billing its potential “sponsored data” initiative as a big win for its subscribers, since it will let them consume data from their favorite websites and apps on an unlimited basis as long as those apps and websites “sponsor” their data by paying AT&T a fee. However, GigaOM’s Antonios Drossos makes a compelling case that schemes such as this are even more of a threat to the open Internet than even the Federal Communications Commission’s heavily criticized plan to allow ISPs to create Internet “fast lanes” where big companies can pay to have their data delivered more quickly than over the standard Internet. More →
With Comcast and Time Warner Cable fighting to merge, AT&T has no intentions of sitting idle. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night reported that AT&T has approached satellite TV giant DirecTV about a possible acquisition. As the report notes, such a deal would instantly propel AT&T from being a somewhat small player in the pay TV market to being the No. 2 provider in a post-Comcast/TWC merger world. Should Comcast’s acquisition fall through, a DirecTV deal would make AT&T the top pay TV provider in the country with nearly 26 million subscribers, after adding DirecTV’s 20 million households to its own 5.7 million. The Journal notes that such a deal would be worth at least $40 billion, which is DirecTV’s current market capitalization.
AT&T wants to make sure you never go without data connectivity on a flight ever again. The carrier announced on Monday that is “plans to launch a high-speed 4G LTE-based in-flight connectivity service” for commercial airlines that will arrive as soon as late 2015. AT&T says that the network will provide much more reliable service than other in-flight Wi-Fi services that are regularly marred by inconsistent connectivity and slow data speeds. More →