AT&T Launches New Unlimited Data Plan

It’s baaaaaack. Five years after scrapping it, AT&T has launched a new unlimited data plan for customers with DIRECTV or U-Verse, offering unlimited data, talk and text for $100 per month. Couples and families can add two smartphones to the plan for $40 each, with the fourth phone added at no additional cost. AT&T is wooing television subscribers who aren’t currently wireless customers by offering $500 in credits, while wireless subscribers without a satellite package can add DIRECTV for $19.99 per month. Combining your bills will shave off another $10 per month. It’s interesting to see AT&T utilizing its unlimited

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AT&T to Axe Collect Calls

If AT&T has its way, collect calls will soon be a thing of the past. In a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing, the communications giant asked for the discontinuation of several legacy services, including collect calling, Busy Line Verification, Busy Line Interruption, person-to-person calling, billed to a third party and international directory assistance. The reason is simple: there is no customer demand for the services, says AT&T. Operator assistance calls have declined 18 percent per year for several years, and traffic volumes have plummeted 93 percent since 2004. “… On average, AT&T has experienced more than an 18.7 percent

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AT&T Announces Wi-Fi Calling

This week AT&T launched Wi-Fi calling on recent iPhone models running iOS 9. The U.S. carrier first needed to acquire approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) before it could offer this feature. The in-demand service allows users to make calls without cell reception or even internationally if permitted by the carrier. Wi-Fi calling isn’t exclusive to AT&T; T-Mobile and Sprint already offer Wi-Fi calling on certain devices. T-Mobile piloted the project back in 2007, without permission from the FCC. However, T-Mobile goes a step further by allowing its customers to make Wi-Fi calls to “virtually anywhere,” while AT&T has

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Verizon and AT&T Move in with Best Buy

Verizon and AT&T will soon be setting up miniature stores inside electronic retail chain Best Buy. These stores will be in addition to the space they already occupy on the shelf. Both carriers recently made separate announcements, stating they are planning to install mini-stores in 250 Best Buy locations within the United States this year. More specifically, Verizon said it would start by opening 100 this month. Verizon revealed it will be referring to these shops as “Experience Stores”, and they will be operated by Best Buy employees who receive additional training. Joan Colaiuti, vice president for national distribution for

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Apple iPhone Leasing Program Competes with Carriers

In a move to poach sales from the four major U.S. carriers, Apple recently changed the way it sells iPhones by introducing the iPhone Upgrade Program. The 24-month program was designed for users always wanting the latest iPhone. Customers will pay a monthly fee of $32.41 for the latest iPhone 6S, and will be allowed to trade in their device for the iPhone 7 after 12 months. The iPhone 6S can currently be purchased from Apple for $649. The iPhone Upgrade Program will lease the latest iPhone over a 24-month period for $777.84. This price includes the Apple Care+ insurance

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AT&T Willingly Helped NSA Spy on Users

According to the New York Times, newly disclosed NSA documents reveal AT&T willingly helped the National Security Agency (NSA) conduct surveillance on large volumes of Internet traffic in the United States. The documents revealing AT&T helped the spy agency in a broad range of classified activities – dated from 2003 to 2013 – were leaked by Edward Snowden. The telecommunications giant reportedly provided extensive assistance to the NSA in carrying out a secret court order allowing wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations Headquarters. AT&T demonstrated “extreme willingness” to participate in this surveillance. The company reportedly installed equipment

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AT&T Offers $500 Credit to DirectTV Customers

AT&T has announced a limited time offer that will allow DirectTV customers to save $500 on their wireless bills when switching to AT&T. This deal makes use of AT&T’s $49 billion buyout of DirectTV. Since DirectTV is now under its umbrella, AT&T is able to offer pay-TV service subscribers up to a $500 credit per line if they switch wireless service. Families of four, therefore, could be eligible for $2000 in credits. AT&T will issue $300 in credits to the account holder for each line ported over to the company’s Next program. Additionally, AT&T will offer up to $200 if

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AT&T Ad Claims Draw FCC Heat

DATA FINE: The Federal Communications Commission wants to bring the hammer down on AT&T, saying it will fine the telecommunications giant $100 million (the largest proposed fine in FCC history) for allegedly deceiving customers about unlimited wireless data plans, The Wall Street Journal reports. It was the advertising for the plans that got the company in trouble. The FCC says AT&T marketed plans as “unlimited” before capping data speeds after customers used 5 gigabytes of data. The capped speeds were then considerably slower, the FCC says. AT&T claims the FCC had said the practice was legitimate and that it had

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AT&T Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality

AT&T recently filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), seeking to overturn its net neutrality ruling, which was just published in the Federal Register. AT&T joins the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, United States Telecom Association, American Cable Association, and the CTIA in their efforts to change the FCC’s decision. These associations allege the new rules are “arbitrary and capricious, and violate federal law.” The main complaint shared by these groups is regarding the FCC’s decision to view the Internet as a telecommunications service, as opposed to a utility like phone services. AT&T has stayed out of previous

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AT&T U-Verse Brings Super-Fast Internet to Apple’s Hometown

AT&T recently announced the launch of an enhanced Internet service called U-verse with AT&T Gigapower in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, California. This new service will provide Internet download speeds of up to 1Gbps in some residential and business areas. An upgraded residential gateway will support the latest Wi-Fi technology, meaning faster home and office Wi-Fi. TV service will also be available to Gigapower customers, with the ability to watch and record up to five HD programs at the same time. Customers will also have the ability to record up to 900 hours of SD programs, or 330 hours of HD

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