When you think of Google's major rivals, you typically think of Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and maybe even Amazon. But what about AT&T? A new report from The Information claims
that AT&T is actually working developing a new smartphone with the help of Cyanogen, the company that last year vowed
to "take Android away from Google." It looks like AT&T and Cyanogen had been courting Chinese manufacturer ZTE to make the device, although recent trade sanctions leveled against the company put its future involvement in the project in doubt.(more…)
If there's one thing T-Mobile
loves to do, it's trolling rivals. Whether this trolling comes in the form of Twitter feuds with rival CEOs
or silly skywriting stunts
, T-Mobile just can't help ridiculing its rivals in ways that are equal parts amusing and juvenile. The "Un-carrier" is at it again this week and is pledging bombard AT&T and Verizon with graffiti of customer complaints that will be written outside their stores with magenta chalk.(more…)
Let's get this out of the way: Netflix
should not intentionally degrade the quality of its videos for subscribers who use Verizon and AT&T, especially if Netflix is not being transparent about what it's really doing.
In case you haven't heard, Netflix has been limiting video streams over AT&T and Verizon's mobile networks
to just 600 kilobits per second, which is the kind of speed you expect from a 3G connection and not a 4G connection. This slow delivery rate ensures that the picture quality on the video is far below what you're used to getting when you watch Netflix over your home Internet connection, and Netflix should have at least told its customers up front about how it slowed down their streaming rates on purpose.
That said, let's not let AT&T and Verizon off the hook.(more…)
It turns out that neither AT&T nor Verizon are throttling Netflix
videos, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere suggested last week. If you’re an AT&T or Verizon subscriber, you will indeed get worse Netflix streaming than others, but that’s because Netflix applies the throttling, not the carriers. (more…)
In a text message sent today to its eligible customers, AT&T announced that those who have activated the Wi-Fi Calling feature on their iPhone can now make and receive phone calls from and to the US at no charge when traveling internationally, assuming they have first updated to iOS 9.3 and installed the newly available […]
You know what incumbent Internet service providers don't like? That's right: Competition. They especially don't like it when that competition comes in the form of government-funded municipal broadband projects like the one that's been a big success in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The good news for incumbent ISPs about such municipal broadband projects, however, is they can be constrained or shut down with the help of effective lobbying operations.
In case you don't know, Comcast and AT&T have very effective lobbying operations.
"Buy one get one" sales at carriers are very common. They're great for promoting sales of smartphones as they grow a bit long in the tooth, or in the event that sales start to slow. For example, AT&T is currently offering a BOGO sale on the iPhone 6, which launched last September and, according to a number of estimates, is in the midst of a quicker-than-normal slowdown.
What isn't nearly as common, however, is seeing a carrier offer a flagship smartphone for free when it hasn't even launched yet.
You can already get high-quality LTE phone calls on multiple US carriers, but they're not all that practical when they only work between customers from the same carrier. They're on the cusp of hitting the mainstream, though: AT&T has quietly rev...
AT&T plans to stop offering two-year phone contracts next month, reports Engadget. The outlet on Wednesday published an internal document that says the carrier will launch a “pricing simplification effort” on January 8 that will effectively get rid of contracts.
According to the document, starting on the 8th, AT&T Next and full-retail will become the only purchase options for smartphones. Folks looking to buy a flip, or “basic,” phone from the carrier will also have to choose between paying full-retail or an installment plan.... Read the rest of this post here
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AT&T's long affair with the two-year contract continues to wind down, Engadget has learned. According to an internal document sent to employees this morning, new and existing customers will only be able to get new phones by paying the full price...