Amazon’s Fire Phone is hands down the biggest bomb of 2014 and it turns out we have AT&T to thank for it. The Information reports that Amazon and HTC started collaborating on a budget smartphone last fall but that AT&T stepped in to kill the device by saying it wouldn’t support Amazon’s higher-end Fire Phone if it didn’t get an exclusive on the budget phone as well. More →
AT&T rails against municipal broadband, argues that it should be the one getting government handouts
Cities and towns who build their own municipal broadband networks are menaces to capitalism and the American way of life — instead, we should promote free enterprise by funneling taxpayer dollars to private corporations instead. That’s literally the message that AT&T delivered to the Federal Communications Commission recently when it filed its arguments against allowing municipalities to build out their own high-speed fiber networks to compete with incumbent ISPs. More →
As Apple gets ready to release its second-generation iPad Air, a third-generation iPad mini and its next-gen iPhone 6 handsets, we can expect to see some solid sales pop up for current iPhone and iPad models. It makes sense, of course — with all of that new inventory about to hit store shelves, Apple’s retail partners are looking to clear out older models before the shine completely wears off. Now, those looking for a new iPad mini or iPad Air tablet who don’t find Touch ID and a new, less reflective display terribly appealing might have just gotten the kick they need to finally pull the trigger and buy one.
Does anyone actually like the wireless data caps that mobile carriers impose? No, of course not. And now Re/code points out that everyone now has a brand-new reason to hate data caps: Apparently, they’re scaring us into spending more money than we need to spend on our data plans. More →
Following the solid quarter Verizon posted on Tuesday, AT&T on Wednesday reported its results for the second quarter. Wall Street was expecting a slight on-year decline in EPS, with consensus earnings of $0.65 seen on revenue totaling $33.22 billion, an improvement over the $32.1 billion in sales it posted in the June quarter last year. The numbers are now in, and AT&T beat expectations, having reported earnings of $0.68 per share on revenue of $32.6 billion. More →
Over the past few years, the two top wireless carriers in the United States have been working tirelessly to push subscribers away from unlimited data plans and onto capped plans that provide a certain amount of data each month, after which overages are charged. The reasons for the shift are fairly obvious — as more data hungry mobile services proliferate, carriers make more money. Which carrier has been the best so far when it comes to monetizing data and shifting subscribers over to tiered data plans? According to a new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon is the leader by a fairly substantial margin. More →
After a last minute extension last week, the FCC has finally stopped taking comments regarding the controversial net neutrality proposal. We don’t know what effect over 1 million comments will have on the decision, but we do know what the public is saying: fast lanes are not acceptable and corporations shouldn’t control access to the Internet. More →
AT&T’s controversial “Sponsored Data” plan, originally unveiled in January, has been billed as both a cause for concern and a potential boon for consumers, but in the months following the announcement, not a single high-profile company has joined the pilot program. Re/code reports that AT&T has added several smaller names to the program since then, but what could have been a landmark partnership for the the program, Prime Data on Amazon’s Fire Phone, never came to fruition. More →
Is AT&T actually trying to convince people to support the DirecTV merger or is this all part of a competition with Comcast and Time Warner Cable to see which major proposed merger will generate the most public hostility? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to make the case that his company’s proposed merger with DirecTV will be good for consumers. And right off the bat, Stephenson made a highly dubious argument that we’d have a hard time believing was real if it hadn’t been relayed to us through AT&T’s own Twitter account. More →
When AT&T tried to acquire T-Mobile back in 2011, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that there was no way AT&T should be allowed by regulators to acquire T-Mobile — only Sprint should be allowed to acquire T-Mobile. It took three years, but Sprint will soon see how regulators feel about its plans to merge with T-Mobile. Hesse was incredibly vocal in opposing AT&T’s attempted T-Mobile takeover. While it looks like AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson won’t fight the Sprint/T-Mobile deal quite as vigorously, he did have some thoughts to share on the matter. More →
If you don’t understand why Amazon is releasing its first smartphone as an exclusive device for AT&T, you aren’t alone. T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter on Tuesday to bash Amazon for its reported decision to go with AT&T as its exclusive carrier for the new smartphone it will unveil on Wednesday. More →
Last month amid a string of exclusive reports detailing just about everything there is to know about Amazon’s first smartphone, BGR reported that one of the handset’s key selling points will be a special data plan called “Prime Data.” Our sources were able to confirm as much, however details surrounding the special new plan were not known at the time. Multiple sources told us that Amazon’s phone would likely be an AT&T exclusive in the U.S., and they speculated that Prime Data could be an offering that provides free streaming of Prime videos and music that will not apply toward users’ data caps.
Now, one of the last few puzzle pieces has fallen into place. More →