FCC approves AT&T’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless

By Cody Lee on Mar 14, 2014

Last summer, AT&T announced that it had reached an acquisition deal with Leap Wireless. The company said that it would be buying out the provider, which owns and operates the popular prepaid carrier Cricket, for $15 per share—equal to $1.3 billion. All it needed was approval from the FCC.

And it just got it. Yesterday the Federal Communications Commission gave AT&T’s acquisition proposal a thumbs up, ruling that “the public interest benefits of the proposed transaction outweigh the likelihood of significant public interest harms.” So what does this mean for everybody involved? Read More

 

AT&T discounts single-line data plans, 2GB now $65 per month

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s #2 wireless carrier, said yesterday that its customers can take advantage of cheaper single-line data plans. Starting today, two gigabytes of high-speed 4G data will set you back $65 per month, which represents a $15 savings compared to the cost of the previous plan. The plan includes fifty gigabytes of cloud storage as well as unlimited international messaging and calling.

An additional line can be added for $25 per month. A month ago, the carrier slashed the prices of its Mobile Share family plans… Read More

 

AT&T’s LTE-Advanced network now live in Chicago

By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2014

Folks living in and around Chicago will be happy to hear that AT&T has souped up its network in the Windy City. Using an LTE-Advanced technology called ‘carrier aggregation,’ the company has bonded two 4G networks together in the area resulting in a big boost in performance.

So essentially, AT&T is taking two, single one-way highways and merging them into one, single two-way highway, allowing for more bandwidth and theoretical download speeds of up to 110 Mbps. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of devices that support the beefier network… Read More

 

AT&T flips the switch on LTE in dozen new markets

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2014

The United States wireless carrier AT&T has lit up its fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network in twelve new municipalities around the country. The expansion brings AT&T’s LTE to an additional 300,000 people, including the 65,000 residents of Bismark, North Dakota.

With this expansion, nearly 280 million people are covered by AT&T’s LTE network in more than 500 U.S. markets. More than half of the carrier’s postpaid smartphone customers now use a 4G LTE device. The carrier expects its LTE build out to be “essentially complete” by this summer. The full list of AT&T’s new LTE coverage follows right after the break… Read More

 

AT&T adds free international messaging to Mobile Share plans

By Cody Lee on Feb 25, 2014

Following T-Mobile’s lead, AT&T announced today that it is adding unlimited international text messaging to all of its Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans. The free package will allow subscribers to send text and multimedia messages from the US to over 100 countries.

Additionally, the carrier introduced a new World Connect Value package for international calling. With it, post-paid AT&T customers can make one cent -per minute calls from the US to more than 35 countries, including Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands, for $5 per month… Read More

 

AT&T launches international LTE roaming in 13 additional countries

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2014

AT&T, the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, last December started offering international LTE roaming to customers traveling abroad. The deal initially launched in partnership with Canada’s Rogers Communications and later expanded to UK’s EE.

Today, the company announced an expansion of LTE roaming agreements in partnership with an additional thirteen carriers around the world, including Australia, France, Japan, Spain and Singapore… Read More

 

AT&T tops Verizon in customer service survey, T-Mobile most improved

By Cody Lee on Feb 10, 2014

J.D. Power and Associates published its bi-annual report on wireless customer care performance this week, ranking the top 4 US carriers based on various stats related to customer service.

The marketing research firm asked more than 7,000 subscribers how satisfied they were with the customer service they received from their cell phone provider, and here is how they scored… Read More

 

Incipio’s Cashwrap NFC iPhone case now available to Verizon customers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2014

Case maker Incipio two weeks ago announced its new iPhone case, the Cashwrap. It brings mobile wallet functionality to the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s by incorporating NFC technology. The case is compatible with the carrier-backed Isis Mobile Wallet app which makes it possible to pay with your device at participating retailers, mass transit systems and more, using an Iris account.

AT&T initially rolled out the Cashwrap to its own retail stores and yesterday the accessory became available to order in Verizon stores nationwide and from the Big Red carrier’s online store… Read More

 

Senate asks Apple and other tech companies for distracted driving solutions

By Cody Lee on Feb 7, 2014

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation host a daylong summit yesterday to discuss the growing problem of distracted driving. Drivers texting and doing other phone-related activities are now causing more than 1 million accidents per year.

A number of representatives from major tech companies attended the summit, including executives from Google, Samsung, AT&T, Sprint and Apple. The Senate is asking that they all work together to come up with more robust technical solutions to distracted driving… Read More

 

AT&T launches new family plans with ‘best-ever’ prices

By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 2014

In an effort to fend off T-Mobile’s ‘Un-carrier’ attack, and stay competitive with Verizon, AT&T announced a new set of family plans this afternoon. The plans include unlimited talk and text and then a bucket of 10GB of data that can be shared by all of the accompanying devices.

But the big news here is the pricing. AT&T is saying that these new plans come with the best-ever prices, and at first glance, they do look appealing. For instance, the entry-level option costs just $130 per month with unlimited talk, text and then 10GB of data for 2 smartphones… Read More

 

AT&T offering $100 per-line bill credit to new and existing customers

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

Apparently in response to T-Mobile’s ongoing Un-carrier initiative, the second-largest U.S. carrier, AT&T, on Wednesday announced a new time-limited promotion that incenitivizes both existing and new subscribers with a $100 credit.

Customers are invited to activate a qualifying wireless line for any smartphone, feature phone, tablet, wireless home phone, MiFi puck or other connected device to claim their $100 bill credit per each line… Read More

 

T-Mobile steps up rhetoric with newspaper ad likening AT&T to Death Star

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

T-Mobile persists in its anti-AT&T rhetoric and today marks a new chapter in AT&T trash-talking as the nation’s fourth-largest wireless company puts out a press release ridiculing AT&T’s $450 incentive for T-Mobile subscribers to switch.

Conveniently timed on the same day that AT&T released its Christmas quarter earnings report, the press release argues that AT&T’s offer makes T-Mobile’s own incentive to pay ETFs to switch a no-brainer because AT&T customers can now go to T-Mobile and then come back at no cost.

Seriously, if a customer takes advantage of T-Mobile’s ETF offer and later decides he or she dislikes it for whatever reason, AT&T will pay $450 to take them back so they don’t really lose anything. The Deutsche Telekom-owned operator has also revealed advertisements that should appear in print newspapers today to communicate this message nationwide… Read More

 

Despite T-Mobile’s Un-carrier, AT&T adds 809,000 new subscribers in Christmas quarter

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

The nation’s second-largest wireless carrier, AT&T, yesterday reported its Christmas quarter earnings revealing steady growth, despite T-Mobile’s taunts and its Un-carrier initiative. Although AT&T (and Verizon) stopped divulging iPhone activations, the carrier confirmed selling 7.9 million smartphones in the quarter, a decline from the 10.2 million smartphones it activated a year ago.

They added a cool 1.2 million new subscribers and upgrades by old subscribers. Of that number, 809,000 connections were new subscribers and 566,000 were postpaid wireless customers with a contract. Go past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More

 

AT&T and Incipio introduce new ‘Cashwrap’ NFC iPhone case

By Cody Lee on Jan 24, 2014

Incipio announced today the launch of its new Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5s. The case features NFC tech, and works with the Isis Mobile Wallet app that lets users pay with their smartphones at participating retailers.

The accessory-maker has teamed up with AT&T to bring the Cashwrap to the masses, and it will be available in the company’s stores starting this month. The goal here is to get more iPhone owners using the carrier-backed Isis for mobile payments… Read More

 

FCC chairman talks AT&T’s controversial ‘Sponsored Data’ program at CES

By Cody Lee on Jan 8, 2014

AT&T raised more than a few eyebrows on Monday when it announced a new ‘Sponsored Data’ program. The goal of the program is essentially to offer a way for companies to pick up the tab for 4G data usage whenever specific products or services are being used.

Initial feedback to the announcement has been a mix of “what an interesting idea” and complaints from net neutrality advocates. And today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler chimed in, using his time at CES to discuss his off-the-cuff thoughts on AT&T’s proposition… Read More

 

T-Mobile buys airwaves from Verizon, John Legere crashes AT&T’s CES 2014 party

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2014

As first hinted back in November, Deutsche Telekom-owned Un-carrier, T-Mobile USA, just bought $3.3 billion worth of spectrum from Verizon Wireless, the nation’s top wireless carrier announced yesterday. The newly gained 700MHz spectrum licenses from Verizon should allow T-Mobile to take advantage of the low-band airwaves in nine of the top ten U.S. markets and 21 of the top 30.

What’s in it for you? Think better 4G coverage in rural areas and inside buildings. T-Mobile paid $2.36 billion in cash and $950 million worth of spectrum, by the way.

Oh, and T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere trolled AT&T’s CES 2014 party like a boss and got thrown out in the process. More on that right below… Read More

 

AT&T announces new sponsored data service for mobile devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 6, 2014

Today at CES, AT&T announced an interesting new service called Sponsored Data. The goal of the new service is essentially to offer a way for companies to pick up the tab for 4G data usage whenever specific products or services are being used.

How does it work? Well the carrier says that if the service is in effect, users will see a “sponsored” symbol in the status bar on the screen of their device. And this will indicate that all data charges are being redirected to the sponsoring company… Read More

 

AT&T luring T-Mobile customers to jump ship with up to $450 credit

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014

T-Mobile’s upcoming Uncarrier 4.0 initiative must have instilled the fear of God into AT&T because the nation’s second-largest wireless carrier just announced it will offer up to $450 worth of credit to T-Mobile customers who jump ship.

The limited-time offer is in direct response to T-Mobile’s upcoming Uncarrier 4.0 moves, set to be revealed at next week’s CES in Las Vegas.

The carrier is hoping to poach T-Mobile customers by partly offering a gift card worth up to $250 for trading in their old phone, with the difference made up in the form of a credit rebate. The full reveal is after the break… Read More

 

T-Mobile CEO teases ‘Uncarrier 4′ event, promises to eliminate a customer pain point

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2013

Get ready US carriers and subscribers, it looks like T-Mobile is about to introduce another game-changer. The company’s outspoken CEO John Legere tweeted out this morning that it’s time for them to ‘eliminate another customer paint point.’

He followed the comment by teasing ‘Uncarrier4,’ which is believed to be an upcoming media event T-Mobile is planning to make some sort of announcement. In the past, the carrier has held ‘Uncarrier’ events to unveil things like its Jump planRead More

 

AT&T’s LTE available in ten new markets

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013

The second-largest United States wireless carrier, AT&T, which claims the title of the nation’s fastest fourth-generation LTE network, today flipped the switch on LTE in more places. As of today, AT&T’s LTE signal should start appearing on 4G-enabled devices for customers in Twin Falls, Burley, Kauai, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Poplar Bluff, Durango and more.

Last month, AT&T lit up LTE in fourteen new markets in its bid to catch up to rival Verizon in terms of nationwide LTE coverage… Read More

 
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