AT&T Overage Charges

AT&T finally fixed it so you should stop getting overage charges

By on August 17, 2016 at 1:28 PM.

AT&T finally fixed it so you should stop getting overage charges

Getting overage charges is, objectively speaking, right up there with toe-stubbing as one of the worst things that can happen in the western world. T-Mobile has mostly killed off overage charges by switching to throttling instead, and now AT&T is following its lead.

Starting next week, AT&T will have new Mobile Share Advantage plans. The pricing is mostly similar to what is going on today, but with one crucial difference: when you go over your data allowance, you’re throttled to 2G speeds instead of having several organs removed.

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Cell Service Reviews

See how badly your city’s cell service sucks

By on August 2, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

See how badly your city’s cell service sucks

Whining about cell service is, after baseball, probably America’s favorite pasttime. But you don’t need to use anecdotes to prove how many dropped calls you get, or how rare two bars of LTE is in your city. RootMetrics has published its annual ranking of cell service in metro areas, and boy oh boy, does Denver suck.

RootMetrics is a company that conducts tests on cell networks across the country, providing a more objective data point than the networks’ optimistic coverage maps. Reliability, speed, calling and text are all averaged to produce a score out of 100, which are used to rank the best and worst cities.

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Android gathering location data too, researcher develops harvesting tool

By on April 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM.

Android gathering location data too, researcher develops harvesting tool

As enraged as you may or may not be over the fact that your phone is tracking your location, you have to admit… it’s a pretty interesting story. The Wall Street Journal has filed a new report stating that both Apple and Google are collecting location data from their smartphone users — deflecting some of the public outrage in Google’s direction as well. “According to new research by security analyst Samy Kamkar, an HTC Android phone collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour,” writes the Journal. Researcher Mike Castleman has developed a program that will harvest and parse location data stored on your Android device. The script isn’t quite as user-friendly as its iOS counterpart — you need root access to your device and some command line experience (as opposed to just clicking on a pretty icon and seeing your coordinates on a map) — but it will present you with a formatted location list. Castleman notes that the code used to collect location is “no longer open from Google” and that the data collected gets “pruned” when new location information is added. “Following the latest days internet outrage/overreaction to the revelation that iPhone has a cache for its location service, I decided to have look what my Android devices caches for the same function,” Castleman writes. If you’re interested in trying to squeeze the location information from your Android handset, hit the jump. The necessary links are waiting for you. More →

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WSJ: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon working on mobile payment system

By on November 16, 2010 at 7:10 AM.

WSJ: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon working on mobile payment system

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that U.S. wireless providers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless are working on a joint project that aims to bring a mobile-phone payment system Stateside. Purportedly, the effort is being headed by General Electric executive Michael Abbott and will be financed by Barclays PLC and Discover Financial Services.

“The rare showing of cooperation between three of the four national carriers creates a potentially large base of users for its mobile-payment system,” writes the Journal. “The carriers are eager to move into mobile transactions because it represents a new revenue stream and another feature that gets subscribers spending more time on their phone.”

The report goes on to note that the announcement of the new service’s existence could come as early as today. Mobile payments systems have been in use in Canada and Europe for several years. More →

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Your touchscreen phone is a petri dish

By on October 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM.

Your touchscreen phone is a petri dish

A new study out of Stanford University shows that our touchscreen cellphones are some of the dirtiest, filthiest, bacteria-harboring vessels out there. How dirty? The study found that an average cell phone has 18x more bacteria than a toilet handle in a men’s public-restroom. In addition to having more bacteria, the fact that we use our fingers to interact with the device is also quite a problem. The Stanford study found that once the germs are on the devices, 30% of the germs will make their way on to your hands, and from there… well, you know, you rub your eyes, mouth, etc. And some of you wonder why you always catch me with a Purell bottle.

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