AT&T delays public release of Wi-Fi Calling

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As reported by Fierce Wireless, U.S. carrier AT&T is delaying a public release of the Wi-Fi Calling feature over the decision to wait for a waiver by The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would temporarily relieve the company of having to support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Attempting to enable the feature on iPhones running iOS 9.0 or later by flipping the Wi-Fi Calling switch in Settings → Phone to the ON position yields a “Wi-Fi Calling is not yet available. It will be coming soon” message. Read More


AT&T raises LTE throttling threshold for unlimited customers to 22GB

By Cody Lee on Sep 16, 2015

AT&T on Wednesday updated its website with a minor but noteworthy change to its throttling policy. The carrier says it will no longer throttle subscribers on grandfathered unlimited data plans in congested areas until they surpass 22GB of data in a single bill cycle.

The move represents a significant change from AT&T’s previous stance on throttling, which was to start slowing down unlimited data plan customers in high-traffic areas after just 5GB of usage, and it probably has something to do with the FCC’s $100 million fine. Read More


Breaking down the iPhone 6s model numbers and LTE band capabilities

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 13, 2015

Apple is shipping four different models of iPhone for its yearly refresh. The iPhone 6s sports two models—A1633 and A1688, while the iPhone 6s Plus feature models A1634 and A1687.

Although both iPhones in the 6s and 6s Plus lines are virtually the same, the model numbers differentiate the cellular LTE band capabilities of each phone. Thus, by familiarizing yourself with each model number, you can learn what networks each phone will support.

Why is this important? Say you wanted to order a new iPhone 6s in rose gold. As you might have heard, rose gold is proving to be very popular, and is selling out quicker than some of the other iPhone color options. Rose gold 64GB iPhones designated for T-Mobile and Verizon are now on backorder for 2-3 weeks.

But some rose gold models remain available—for example, some Sprint-designated rose gold models are still shipping on 9/25. By using our knowledge of iPhone model numbers, we might still be able to obtain a rose gold iPhone 6s to use with a provider like T-Mobile or Verizon by purchasing the Sprint model… Read More


AT&T cutting prices of shared data plans and unveiling new ones tomorrow

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2015

U.S. wireless carrier AT&T announced this morning a few notable changes coming to its shared-data plans beginning tomorrow. For starters, customers on existing Mobile Share Value Plans with fifteen and twenty gigabytes of cellular data will now pay less for their high-speed 4G LTE data: the 15GB plan will drop from $130 to $100 per month while the 20GB tier will go from $150 down to $140 per month. Read More


AT&T Wi-Fi calling rolling out to some iOS 9 beta users

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2015

AT&T on Tuesday began rolling out support for Wi-Fi calling to some iPhone users running iOS 9 beta 5. The feature was added when that beta was released to developers last week, but testers on the AT&T network are only just now able to activate it.

For those unfamiliar with Wi-Fi calling, it allows iPhone users to place phone calls over Wi-Fi instead of their cellular network. The feature was first activated for T-Mobile in iOS 8, and users have reported better call quality and improved battery life. Read More


AT&T jacking up activation fees beginning August 1

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 22, 2015

U.S. carrier AT&T is going to increase activation fee for both contract subscribers and new Next customers, Droid-Life reported Wednesday. Upgrade fee will rise to $45 for those signing up for a one or two-year contract versus the previous $40 activation fee, the publication has learned from sources. As if that weren’t enough, the carrier will impose an all-new $15 activation fee on Next and Bring-Your-Own-Phone customers beginning August 1. Read More


AT&T fined $100 million by FCC over unlimited data throttling

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2015

The US Federal Communications Commission announced plans on Wednesday to fine AT&T $100 million for unsuitable throttling practices. The Commission issued a press release on its website this morning proclaiming the decision, charging the carrier with violating the ‘2010 Open Internet Transparency Rule.’

The move comes as the result of an in-depth investigation, where the FCC found that AT&T—the second largest wireless provider in the US—had not adequately informed its customers with unlimited data plans that it would be dramatically slowing down their Internet access once they crossed a particular threshold. Read More


Apple stops selling iPhones on 2-year AT&T contract, moves exclusively to Next financing plans

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2015

As reported earlier this week, Apple has stopped selling new iPhones to customers on a two-year contract with AT&T as of today.

As first noted by MacRumors, subsidized $199/$299 prices for new iPhones on a two-year AT&T contract have been removed overnight and replaced with the carrier’s financing program called AT&T Next. Read More


Apple Stores to drop AT&T iPhone subsidy, increase trade-in value of older iPhones

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2015

Both online and brick-and-mortar Apple Stores around the country are about to drop subsidies for iPhone models sold through carrier AT&T. Moreover, Apple is said to increase trade-in price value of older iPhone models just a little bit, according to a pair of reports Monday (here and here) by 9to5Mac.

Beginning this month, trade-in values for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models will increase by $15, or $25 in the case of used iPhone 5s devices. Read More


AT&T pulling back on throttling of unlimited LTE customers

By Cody Lee on May 7, 2015

AT&T is pulling back on its throttling efforts against unlimited LTE customers, reports ArsTechnica. The site noticed that the carrier recently changed its policy to say that it will only throttle users with unlimited LTE data plans who have both exceeded 5GB in a billing cycle and are in an area experiencing network congestion.

Previously, AT&T’s policy said that unlimited LTE users could experience slower data speeds after reaching 5GB, with no mention of location. The change comes after customers complained the carrier’s throttling—some reported speeds as slow as 0.5Mbps—was part of its strategy to sway them away from their unlimited plans. Read More


T-Mobile’s new coverage map uses crowdsourcing for near ‘real-time’ results

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

T-Mobile is trying to once again shake things up in the mobile industry with the announcement of a new, real-time coverage map for prospective customers.

Boasting itself as “the industry’s first and only crowdsourced, customer-verified network coverage map”, T-Mobile is aiming to show new data bi-monthly to help you decide if it’s worth making the switch. Read More


Sprint will pay what it costs for you to switch carriers

By Jake Smith on Mar 15, 2015

Sprint really wants your business. Not only will it cut your bill in half, but now the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will pay the early termination fee and any remaining payments at its competitors for you to come over to its network.

The early termination fee is why many customers don’t make the switch from one carrier to another. In many cases, the fee is required to be paid to end the two-year contract carriers like to lock you into. Read More


Unlocking your iPhone gets a little bit easier today

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2015

The process of unlocking your iPhone became a little bit easier today in the United States. Today marks the deadline for wireless carriers to adopt the unlocking standards of the late-2013 agreement set forth by the CTIA.

The agreement is industry-wide, and mandates that carriers adhere to 6 rules including clearly posting their unlocking policies online, and offering to unlock postpaid handsets once the customer’s contract has expired. Read More


AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.88 billion, building out ‘North American Mobile Service’

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

AT&T is getting another Nextel brand under its name.

AT&T announced on Monday it’s acquiring Nextel Mexico for $1.88 billion, marking the second carrier in the region it’s purchased this month.

AT&T is acquiring Nextel Mexico’s spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 3 million subscribers. The network covers 76 million people, giving AT&T lots of room to grow in Mexico.  Read More


AT&T introduces unlimited calling to Mexico

By Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

AT&T announced on Tuesday that it is now making a new calling package available, allowing its customers to get unlimited calling to Mexico. Available for a monthly price of $5 per line, the AT&T World Connect Value calling plan offers free unlimited calls to Mexico, as well as discounted calls to 225 countries. Read More


AT&T to begin shutting down Cricket’s CDMA network in March, iPhone users won’t be affected

By Jake Smith on Jan 8, 2015

AT&T announced on Thursday that it will begin, as planned, shutting down Cricket’s CDMA network in March, taking many Cricket plans and phones with it.

The shutdown comes after AT&T purchased Cricket in March 2014. AT&T is shutting down the CDMA network to roll customers over to its GSM network. Furthermore, AT&T has slowly been farming Cricket’s unused spectrum for use with its own GSM network. AT&T will use Cricket’s spectrum, after a spruce up for its standards, to offer better coverage to customers. Read More


After T-Mobile, AT&T to roll over your unused data to the next month, but with a twist

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2015

Wednesday, AT&T promised to give folks on its shared plans rollover data. Beginning January 25, the more than 50 million of its Mobile Share Value customers will be able to carry over any unused cellular data allotment to the next month.

Any unused, shareable plan data in a given month gets rolled over to the next, as long as family members are on the same Mobile Share Value plan.

T-Mobile back in December launched a similar data rollover feature called Data Stash. Read More


CES 2015: AT&T unveils LTE case for Wi-Fi iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015

If you ever wanted to buy a cellular iPad but couldn’t wrap your head around forking out an extra $130 for LTE functionality, AT&T has you covered.

Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the #2 U.S. wireless carrier announced a new case that gives Wi-Fi-only iPads the ability to connect to its high-speed 4G LTE network.

It’s basically a case with an integrated mobile LTE hotspot and it’s available in several editions, including versions for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, as well as all three generations of the iPad mini. Read More


AT&T and T-Mobile could owe you money – here’s how to request it

By Jake Smith on Dec 29, 2014

The FCC negotiated settlements with both T-Mobile and AT&T over mobile “cramming”, an act carriers know all too well by sneaking recurring monthly charges onto your bill through ringtones, trivia, horoscopes and more. Read More


AT&T is out with Emoji Carols

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2014

In time for the holidays, carrier AT&T unveiled Emoji Carols and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Teaming up with its favorite marketing agency, BBDO Atlanta, good ol’ Ma Bell has created the Emoji Carols website which aims to allow anyone to emojify their favorite holiday songs with their own personalized emoji characters.

The nicely done web app invites you to customize your emoji by selecting hair, eyes, nose, skin color and mouth, each available in several pre-made variants that you can select and combine with each other. Read More

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