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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AT&T helped the NSA spy on the UN’s internet traffic

AT&T offices

It's no secret that telecoms have cooperated with the US' surveillance efforts, but at least one was unusually eager to help out. Thanks to Edward Snowden leaks, both the New York Times and ProPublica have discovered that AT&T not only agreed to aid the National Security Agency's spying campaigns for decades, but has shown an "extreme willingness" to participate. It was the first to start forwarding internet metadata (like email participants) to the NSA in 2003, and was quick to offer call metadata in 2011. Moreover, AT&T helped the NSA snoop on the all of the internet traffic at the United Nations' New York City headquarters -- Snowden's leaks had previously revealed that the UN monitoring was taking place, but not the carrier involved.

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Source: New York Times, ProPublica

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

AT&T Chicago store (interior 001)

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 the rest of this post here

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AT&T tweaks mobile data plans to match T-Mobile

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With T-Mobile now behind it as the nation's third largest carrier, AT&T has updated its wireless data plans (below) to give you a bit more data for a bit less money. Unsurprisingly, the benefits get juicier if you spend more -- there's 5GB more data if you spend $100 for 15GB, but the 5GB plan is just a dollar per gigabyte less than the previous $70/6GB one. In total you'll now spend $75 per month for 5GB including the access charge, compared to $70 with T-Mobile. That might stop some folks from straying to Legere's flashy network, especially given AT&T's overall superior coverage.

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Tags: att, data, mobile, mobilepostcross, plans, Pricing, T-Mobile, Wireless

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

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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 the rest of this post here

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AT&T offers DirecTV customers $500 to change phone service


Now that AT&T has finalized its acquisition of DirecTV, the carrier isn't wasting any time trying to bring in new wireless customers. Today, AT&T announced a promotion for people who are already subscribed to the satellite television provider, which includes up to $500 in bill credit. It's simple: DirecTV customers can get $300 applied to their account for every phone line switched over to AT&T, though each requires a device purchased through Next, the company's monthly installment plan. To make the deal more enticing, AT&T's also offering $200 for "eligible" smartphone trade-ins -- altogether, this could end up saving users a few hundred dollars if they decide to jump ship. "But what about me? I have U-Verse," you may be asking... There's nothing to be upset about, since these credits are available to you as well.

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Via: Forbes

Source: AT&T

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Verizon nixes phone subsidies and simplifies its data plans

Verizon Wireless Destination Store Grand Opening

Following the lead of alternative carriers like T-Mobile and Google Fi, Verizon announced today that it will be doing away with phone subsidies (the precise opposite of what it said last October) and rejiggering its data plans beginning August 13th. Don't get excited just yet, there's no guarantee that your revamped service charges will be any less than what they are now.

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Source: Verizon

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Cell service out for thousands across the American Southeast

Top part of cell phone communication tower with multipleCellular service appears to be down across every major provider throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky with Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville being the hardest hit. According to the website Down Detector, more than 10,000 AT&T, 1000 Verizon, 7,000 T-Mobile and 300 Sprint customers are without internet or phone access. None of the affected companies have disclosed the specific reason for the outage yet, though they all have already issued vague statements about how they're working on the issue.

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Via: Gizmodo

Source: WATE 6

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

AT&T DirecTV Bundle $200 A Month

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.

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AT&T’s first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo

AT&T U-verse box

AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellphone and TV service at the same time. The offering gives you basic TV service for four receivers (through either DirecTV or U-verse) and four phone lines with 10GB of shared data for $200 per month over the first year. You'll need to agree to a 1- or 2-year TV contract and sign up between August 10th and November 14th, but you could save up to $600 in those initial 12 months -- no small amount, even though the rate is likely to change in the long run.

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