AT&T NSA

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

By on August 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

For decades, AT&T actively helped the NSA engage in widespread surveillance on both phone calls and Internet traffic. Citing documents made available by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, The New York Times and ProPublica both report that AT&T and the NSA have long shared a working relationship that is much closer than most people previously imagined.

In what one classified document termed a “highly collaborative” relationship, AT&T employed a number of varying methods to help the NSA acquire an incomprehensible amount of data.

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T-Mobile Vs. AT&T Data Plans

Where T-Mobile leads, AT&T follows… again

By on August 14, 2015 at 2:57 PM.

Where T-Mobile leads, AT&T follows… again

If you haven’t noticed, T-Mobile has been something of a trendsetter in the wireless industry. Shortly after announcing bold initiatives such as paying off rivals’ early termination fees and giving customers rollover data plans, AT&T quickly followed suit with similar initiatives of its own. This trend is now continuing in the realm of pricing, as Engadget points out that AT&T has now tweaked its mobile data plans to better match T-Mobile’s. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Wireless Service Offer

AT&T is giving DirecTV customers $500 to change their wireless service

By on August 11, 2015 at 7:05 PM.

AT&T is giving DirecTV customers $500 to change their wireless service

Late last month, the FCC approved AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, and the merger was completed shortly after. Not only did AT&T become the “largest pay TV provider” in the country, it also gained hundreds of thousands of new customers that might be willing to switch over to its wireless phone service as well. More →

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Lumia 635

Grab a Lumia 635 for AT&T on Amazon for 60% off

By on August 7, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Grab a Lumia 635 for AT&T on Amazon for 60% off

Windows Phones aren’t exactly in-demand items these days but they’re still very solid devices that are worth picking up at the right price. One such device, the Nokia Lumia 635, is a GoPhone for AT&T that regularly costs $99.99, but with 60% off, you can grab it for just $39.99 on Amazon through August 15th. Even better, the Lumia 635 is Prime eligible, which means you get free two-day shipping. More →

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AT&T DirecTV Bundle $200 A Month

AT&T’s just bundled TV and wireless together for the first time, and it’s a pretty good deal

By on August 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

AT&T’s just bundled TV and wireless together for the first time, and it’s a pretty good deal

AT&T isn’t wasting any time pushing out new service offerings now that it’s merger with DirecTV is official. AT&T on Monday announced its first DirecTV bundle that offers users TV service along with four lines with 10GB of shared data and unlimited talk and text for $200 a month. While $200 a month might seem like a lot to fork over to AT&T every month, consider that you are getting four different cell phone lines and a full pay TV package — AT&T claims this will produce an annual savings of $600 a year versus what you’d pay for each service separately. More →

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AT&T Vs. FCC Unlimited Data Throttling

AT&T says it didn’t do anything wrong when it throttled your ‘unlimited’ data

By on July 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM.

AT&T says it didn’t do anything wrong when it throttled your ‘unlimited’ data

AT&T is as mad as hell and it’s not going to take it anymore! The Hill reports that AT&T this week hit back at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to fine the carrier $100 million for deceiving consumers when it throttled their “unlimited” data plans. More →

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AT&T Smartphone Upgrade Fee Increases

AT&T is about to raise fees for smartphone upgraders – everything you need to know

By on July 22, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

AT&T is about to raise fees for smartphone upgraders – everything you need to know

Surprise, surprise! Upgrading to new smartphones on AT&T is about to get more expensive. Droid Life this week broke the news that starting on August 1st, AT&T is planning to raise upgrade fees for customers signing new two-year contracts with the carrier to $45, or $5 more than what it currently charges to activate a new device when you sign a two-year deal.  More →

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AT&T Vs. Google Fiber Build Out

How AT&T – yes, that AT&T – could be America’s surprise fiber hero

By on July 11, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

How AT&T – yes, that AT&T – could be America’s surprise fiber hero

AT&T fiber roll outs don’t typically generate as much hype as Google Fiber roll outs… but that could soon change. Barron’s flags a new research note from Moffett-Nathanson‘s Craig Moffett, who says that AT&T is vowing to be much more aggressive in building out fiber if its merger with DirecTV is approved. In fact, if AT&T follows through on its plans, it would make the company “by far the largest fiber builder over the next five years or so.” More →

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AT&T DirecTV Merger

AT&T’s Latest Promise to FCC in Effort to Win DirecTV Merger Approval Reeks of Desperation

By on July 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

AT&T’s Latest Promise to FCC in Effort to Win DirecTV Merger Approval Reeks of Desperation

While no one on the outside knows exactly what’s going on behind closed doors, it appears as though AT&T still has some work to put in if it hopes to get its $50 billion DirecTV merger proposal approved by regulators. The company had already made some promises in an effort to win favor with the Federal Communications Commission, including a promise to deliver gigabit U-verse Internet service to nearly 12 million households, but now we’ve reached a new phase of bargaining that was probably inevitable: AT&T has a deal for poor people that it hopes is too good for regulators to pass up. More →

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ZTE Maven ZTE Sonata 2 Price

Save a Fortune By Buying One of These New Phones Instead of a Galaxy S6 or iPhone

By on June 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM.

Save a Fortune By Buying One of These New Phones Instead of a Galaxy S6 or iPhone

AT&T’s lineup of affordable smartphones expanded on Friday with the unveiling of the ZTE Maven. This $59.99 device comes equipped with 4G LTE wireless service, Android 5.1 and, best of all, doesn’t require an annual commitment. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper phone with better specs from any of the major service providers. More →

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Internet Speed Test

The ‘Internet Health Test’ Works: TWC, Verizon and More Accused of Slowing Data Speeds

By on June 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

The ‘Internet Health Test’ Works: TWC, Verizon and More Accused of Slowing Data Speeds

Remember back in late May when we told you about the Internet Health Test? The simple test analyzed users’ Internet connections from end to end, and it aimed to determine whether or not Internet service providers might be violating the Federal Communication Commission’s new net neutrality rules by intentionally slowing data connections.

This week, the group behind the Internet Health Test has released the results of a study that analyzed tests performed by more than 300,000 Internet users, and it appears as though the test has served its purpose: Five major ISPs in the United States have been accused of deliberately slowing data from popular websites in dozens of cities across the country. More →

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AT&T Unlimited Data Plans $100 Million Fine

AT&T Nailed With a Massive $100M Fine for Misleading Consumers on ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans

By on June 17, 2015 at 12:14 PM.

AT&T Nailed With a Massive $100M Fine for Misleading Consumers on ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans

Oh my. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday issued a massive smack down against AT&T for offering consumers “unlimited” data plans and then severely throttling their speeds once they reached certain limits every month. In all, the FCC hit AT&T with a huge $100 million fine for allegedly misleading consumers, although AT&T has vowed to not take this lying down. More →

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AT&T Net Neutrality

AT&T will welcome the net neutrality rules it hates so much… if it’s allowed to acquire DirecTV

By on June 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

AT&T will welcome the net neutrality rules it hates so much… if it’s allowed to acquire DirecTV

You know those pesky new net neutrality rules? They’re not perfect, but they are shockingly consumer-friendly considering they were spearheaded by the FCC’s former cable lobbyist boss. There’s no question that they will help ensure that the Internet is a level playing field by preventing carriers from prioritizing traffic and throttling bandwidth. Of course, that’s why several big ISPs hate them so much.

Among the carriers that hate the new rules is AT&T, which hasn’t exactly tried to mask its feelings on net neutrality in the past. Behind closed doors, however, it appears as though the company is willing to completely forget that net neutrality violates its rights and harms its business… as long as its acquisition of DirecTV is allowed to proceed. More →

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