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AT&T Overage Charges

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

August 17th, 2016

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 …

Cell Service Reviews

See how badly your city’s cell service sucks

August 2nd, 2016

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 …

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

November 16th, 2010

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 …

Your touchscreen phone is a petri dish

October 15th, 2010

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 …