AT&T Earnings Q4 2013

AT&T rakes in $5.2 billion Q4 profit but ‘Uncarrier’ takes its toll

By on January 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

AT&T rakes in $5.2 billion Q4 profit but ‘Uncarrier’ takes its toll

AT&T on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $0.53 per share on $33.2 billion in revenue, thus beating the consensus estimate of $0.50 per share in profit sales totaling $33.06 billion. AT&T also announced that it added 566,000 postpaid wireless subscribers, which is impressive but still a long way off from the 869,000 postpaid subscribers added by T-Mobile last quarter. The 566,000 net postpaid additions also represented a decline from the 780,000 net postpaid additions the company reported in Q4 2012. More →

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iPhone Isis NFC Case Launch

NFC comes to the iPhone with brand new line of cases

By on January 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

NFC comes to the iPhone with brand new line of cases

DeviceFidelity on Monday announced that even more special iPhone cases containing its near field communication (NFC) technology for Isis payments will be available in AT&T stores beginning January 31st. The Incipio Cashwrap case was already leaked last week, and was officially announced on Friday, after being demoed at CES 2014. On top of that case — which has support for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s and will be available in multiple colors for $69 — AT&T will also stock various other models including the Isis Ready Case ($65), the Isis Ready Charging Case that also packs an extended battery ($85), and the rugged Otterbox Defender Series Mobile Wallet Case ($129). More →

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AT&T Wireless Contracts Next Upgrade Plan

T-Mobile gets results: AT&T makes big move toward ditching contracts

By on January 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

T-Mobile gets results: AT&T makes big move toward ditching contracts

If T-Mobile’s goal is to get the wireless industry to ditch two-year service contracts then it’s come a long way toward getting AT&T on board. AT&T this week announced that it will let subscribers ditch their service contracts as long as they’ve been on it for at least six months and as long as they switch to a Next early upgrade plan that lets you buy a new smartphone once a year.  More →

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G Flex Release Date

LG’s curved G Flex smartphone will cost $300 at AT&T

By on January 20, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

LG’s curved G Flex smartphone will cost $300 at AT&T

Are you an AT&T subscriber looking for a curved LG smartphone with a self-healing case that can repair scratches like Wolverine from X-Men? What a coincidence, because your dreams are about to come true — as long as you’re willing to spend $300 on contract. AT&T on Monday announced that it will release the LG G Flex this Friday, January 24th, for $299.99 on contract. AT&T will also let you sign a device contract instead of a service contract using the AT&T Next program, in which case the phone will cost you just over $695, spread out over 26 monthly payments ($26.74 each) or 20 monthly payments ($34.75 each). More →

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Most Expensive Cell Phone Service

Guess which wireless carrier has the biggest bills in America

By on January 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Guess which wireless carrier has the biggest bills in America

Consumers and businesses in America spend billions on wireless service each year. And it’s no wonder — the average cost of cell phone service on each of the top four nationwide carriers in the U.S. is painfully high. One is higher than the rest, of course, and you’ll have to try to act surprised when you find out which it is. More →

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Wireless Churn Study

Study reveals which wireless carrier’s subscribers want to switch the most

By on January 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Study reveals which wireless carrier’s subscribers want to switch the most

Postpaid churn, or the number of postpaid subscribers that stop using a provider’s service during a specified period of time, is always a stat industry watchers keep an eye on when it comes to wireless carriers. Why? The U.S. wireless market is so saturated that most new subscribers a carrier sees in any given quarter are coming over from another carrier. With fourth-quarter financial results from each major carrier on the way, Cowen and Company has published its Q4 study on subscriber intent with regard to switching wireless service providers. Who might be the biggest winners and losers of Q4 when it comes to postpaid churn? Cowen’s new study could give us a good idea. More →

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AT&T Verizon Customer Breakup Letters

Legere comes up with yet another way to troll AT&T and Verizon

By on January 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Legere comes up with yet another way to troll AT&T and Verizon

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has become fond of using social media to taunt his rivals at Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. And on Tuesday, Legere came up with yet another way to use Twitter to annoy his competitors: By posting pictures of their former customers making the switch to T-Mobile. To rub salt even further into the wound, most of the pictures Legere posted were of customers who were also displaying “breakup letters” they’d written to their former carriers that included messages such as “BYE BYE AT&T I’m breaking up with you!” and “Peace out, Sprint, U suck!” T-Mobile first launched its “carrier breakup letter” initiative at CES last week where it offered to help customers write breakup letters informing rival carriers that they were being dumped for “the Uncarrier.” Some of Legere’s choice pictures follow below. More →

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AT&T Mobile App Data Usage

AT&T hatches new plan to help you avoid its own data overage fees

By on January 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

AT&T hatches new plan to help you avoid its own data overage fees

AT&T is smart enough to know that mobile applications are becoming increasingly bandwidth-hungry and that means more of its subscribers may be at risk of going over their monthly data limits. With this in mind, AT&T is taking the proactive step of encouraging app developers to make their applications use less data. Re/code notes that AT&T last week handed out fliers to developers who attended its CES developers’ summit that gave tips for making apps that use data more efficiently and thus pose less of a risk when it comes to draining users’ monthly data supplyMore →

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AT&T Sponsored Data Home Broadband

Your ISP probably can’t wait to try out AT&T’s Sponsored Data scheme

By on January 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

Your ISP probably can’t wait to try out AT&T’s Sponsored Data scheme

It’s easy to see why ISPs and carriers would love AT&T’s Sponsored Data scheme — after all, it gives them the ability to both slap subscribers with overage fees and extract rents from tech companies who are willing to pay fees so that their own users don’t get slapped with overage fees. Ars Technica reports that if AT&T’s Sponsored Data gambit is successful, it could lead to many home broadband providers trying to pull off similar plans by asking Netflix, Hulu and other high-bandwidth content providers to pay up to ensure that their subscribers don’t go over their data caps. More →

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AT&T Sponsored Data Net Neutrality

AT&T: No, Sponsored Data does not violate Net neutrality

By on January 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

AT&T: No, Sponsored Data does not violate Net neutrality

AT&T unveiled a new program called Sponsored Data earlier this week and to say it has ruffled some feathers is a huge understatement. The initiative allows companies to pay for the cellular data consumed by specific apps, so that people can utilize those apps without having the data they send and receive apply to monthly data limits. It’s definitely a bold move on AT&T’s part that could end up making the company a lot of money while also giving its partners a great way to promote their apps and services, but it could also end up being an absolute nightmare for the carrier. Many have complained that it violates Net neutrality rules and the FCC has already said that it’s ready to stomp on the program if need be, but AT&T’s top executive in Washington D.C. has issued a statement in an attempt to extinguish this fire before it grows into a five-alarm blaze. More →

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AT&T Sponsored Data FCC

FCC is ready to stomp on AT&T’s Sponsored Data dreams

By on January 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM.

FCC is ready to stomp on AT&T’s Sponsored Data dreams

As we noted in an earlier analysis, AT&T’s new Sponsored Data program is a bold move that could end up being an absolute nightmare. With Sponsored Data, AT&T will allow businesses to pay for data consumed by certain apps so that it won’t apply to users’ monthly data limits. While the benefits to marketers and enterprise customers are fairly straight forward (as are the benefits to AT&T), the service also raises a number of concerns and flirts with the hot-button net neutrality issue. AT&T has already drawn fire from one lawmaker and now it looks like the Federal Communications Commission has turned its watchful eye toward the carrier’s new toll-free data program. More →

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AT&T Sponsored Data Plans Criticism

AT&T’s Sponsored Data slammed by lawmakers as a blatant shakedown

By on January 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

AT&T’s Sponsored Data slammed by lawmakers as a blatant shakedown

It hasn’t taken long for criticism to mount against AT&T’s “Sponsored Data” plans that will let companies pay so that data used through their mobile apps doesn’t count against their users’ monthly data caps. The Hill reports that Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) this week has slammed AT&T’s new plan as a blatant shakedown of tech companies that will give AT&T the power to “pick winners and losers” on the Internet.  More →

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AT&T Sponsored Data Analysis

AT&T’s new toll-free data is bold, but it could end up being a nightmare

By on January 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

AT&T’s new toll-free data is bold, but it could end up being a nightmare

AT&T on Monday announced a compelling new initiative during this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show. Dubbed “Sponsored Data,” the carrier’s new program will allow companies to pay for the data used by specific mobile applications, so that any data used by those apps will not apply to users’ monthly data plan limits — like toll-free calling for mobile data. Sponsored Data might be used by companies to promote their apps and services, and it can also be used by businesses that will now be able to pay for data used by their employees while working with enterprise apps. The initiative is novel and it could end up being a big deal if it is marketed well by AT&T and its partners, but as noted by one industry watcher, it could also end up being a PR nightmare. More →

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