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Carriers just torpedoed their strongest argument against net neutrality

Posted by wicked January - 31 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Federal Communications Commission Proposes New Open Internet Rules TimeDotCom

Several months ago, AT&T threatened the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they were thinking of withdrawing from the upcoming spectrum auction if the FCC imposed rules that didn’t allow carriers like AT&T to purchase and hoard significant chunks of spectrum. According to AT&T, these restrictions “might” not allow them to purchase enough spectrum to make the investment worthwhile.

As AT&T has warned us on multiple occasions the last few months, the issues of net neutrality and Title II classification were going to “lead companies to stop investing in new network capacity.”

Additionally, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has made it a point to tell everyone that classifying broadband access under Title II would be “an extreme and risky path that will jeopardize our investment and the development of innovation in broadband Internet and related services.”

So, let’s see how correct both AT&T and Verizon were when it came to the recent spectrum auction:

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction really brought in the cash… After 341 rounds of bidding closed yesterday, the total price tag apparently came to $44.899B, nearly four and a half times the reserve price and twice what observers had been expecting. - TelecomRamblings

The auction was the first major sale of spectrum by the FCC in over six years.

  • AT&T spent $18.2 billion for 251 licenses
  • Verizon spent $10.4 billion for 181 licenses
  • T-Mobile US spent $1.8 billion for 151 licenses
  • Sprint didn’t participate

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So, essentially, AT&T and Verizon are full of it whenever they complain to the FCC about net neutrality and it’s effect on network investment. In fact, as the Wall Street Journal notes, AT&T paid the most for a single license by spending $2.8 billion for one license in New York City.

The bottom line is that there is no reason that these companies will stop investing in network expansions. Net neutrality has proved no deterrent to network investment.

Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl

Posted by wicked January - 30 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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AT&T will acquire Nextel Mexico for nearly $2 billion

Posted by wicked January - 27 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

AT&T_Logo_01_TAAT&T has announced they will be acquiring Nextel’s Mexico business for roughly 1.8 billion dollars. This deal includes all of Nextel’s equipment and stores in Mexico, as well as about 3 million customers in the country. Nextel’s network covers 76 million people, however, so the acquisition will help AT&T create a more competitive service in Mexico.

AT&T expects the deal to close in the middle of 2015, assuming no legal roadblocks show up.

source: AT&T

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Lightning Deal: Unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note 4 for $620.

Posted by Kellex January - 26 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

This may not last more than another minute, but if you want a Galaxy Note 4, you should head over to Amazon which has a lightning deal currently running that slashes the price to $620, off-contract, unlocked, for AT&T.

The black version was available for all of 5 minutes before selling out. The white is still available for now.

Amazon Link

If that link isn’t working, go to the Amazon Deals page, scroll over in the lightning section until you see the Note 4.

Note:  The deal doesn’t mention the condition of the phone from what I can tell, and the pictures are a little off-putting. I would assume that the device is new, but can’t say for sure.

Cheers Rusty!

Lightning Deal: Unlocked AT&T Galaxy Note 4 for $620. is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon: no data roll-over, we don’t care if customers leave as a result

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off
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Not only limited in quantity but still in usage time as well.

When dealing with fixed allocations of monthly data usage, conceivably, a conscientious customer will ration their consumption in the first part of the month, and may inadvertently find themselves with an abundance of packet communications remaining for the latter half. In a typical situation, this is all-but-wasted. When T-Mobile announced that it was going to be allowing users to “roll-over” their data into the following month via its Data Stash service, it seemed like a breath of fresh air; all the more so when AT&T followed suit.

Verizon Wireless, however, has no intention of giving its customers this benefit, nor does it care how many (if any) people defect out of disgust. The company’s Chief Financial Officer, Fran Shammo, was quoted in an interview this past Thursday as saying, “We’re a leader, not a follower.” The CFO then further hammered in the point by adding that, “We did not go to places where we did not financially want to go to save a customer… and there’s going to be certain customers who leave us for price, and we are just not going to compete with that because it doesn’t make financial sense for us to do that.” Bold words, to be sure, but then again given the company’s recent performance results, it can afford to make such claims.

This makes for a rather interesting situation, as typically when one carrier introduces a major game-changer, the others follow suit to cash-in. See the whole $0 down, monthly installment-based structure that has become a mainstay at several carriers these days. Still, while T-Mobile is inclined to take bold initiatives and do things that its competitors wouldn’t dream of, the company has recently fallen under greater scrutiny as to just how far/long CEO John Legere can maintain this type of business strategy.

At the end of the day however, Verizon customers must now simply accept the situation and hope the company has a change of heart eventually.

HTC One (M8) for AT&T getting software update “early next week”

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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In just a few days, expect a software update to begin rolling out to the HTC One (M8) for AT&T. Mo Versi, the Vice President of Product Management at HTC, responded to one eager customer on Friday. Versi announced that a software update would land on the device “early next week” and include a slew of items.

Here is what Versi said will be in the update:

  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • HTC Eye Experience software
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)

Even though it is not Android 5.0 Lollipop, it is a welcome

Source: @moversi (Twitter)

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Verizon is a “Leader,” Won’t Follow T-Mobile and AT&T With Rollover Data

Posted by Kellex January - 22 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Don’t act like you are surprised, but no, Verizon isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T and T-Mobile with a rollover data plan. According to Fran “ShamWow” Shammo, Verizon’s CFO, his company is “a leader, not a follower” and will instead stick to their current, traditional data plans that gobble up your data if you don’t use it by the end of your billing cycle. Shammo made these comments in an interview with CNET following the carrier’s Q4 earnings release, even noting that back in 2007, when AT&T first introduced rollover for voice minutes, they didn’t follow then either. 

He didn’t stop there. Shammo weighed in on a variety of current wireless trends, like how his competitors are starting to battle over discounts and promotional programs, another area they won’t necessarily dive headfirst into. In fact, Shammo knows that certain customers are going to leave them because of price, but they are “just not going to compete with that because it doesn’t make financial sense,” he noted.

For now, Verizon is still bringing in new customers and meeting Wall Street expectations for the most part, so you can’t exactly fault them for not caving into the “UnCarrier” movement.

Again, you aren’t surprised, are you?

Via:  CNET

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AT&T offers unlimited calling to Mexico

Posted by wicked January - 21 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Good news for AT&T subscribers who make frequent calls to Mexico – where the mobile carrier had previously charged 1 cent a minute to wireless and landline numbers in the country – it is now offering unlimited calling for just USD$5.00 a month as part of its World Connect Value plan.

This announcement comes just days after AT&T, second-largest mobile carrier in the US, closed a deal seeing it acquire Mexican carrier Iusacell, which has an impressive 70 percent coverage of Mexico’s 120-million population. It looks like the US carrier intends to push itself into the Mexican market and fully leverage its acquisition.

The unlimited calling plan is certainly a boon to US customers who make regular calls to friends and family in Mexico. “Mexico is the most frequently dialed country among our wireless customers,” attests David Christopher, chief marketing officer of AT&T Mobility. For the people who make these voice calls, the plan potentially saves them a significant amount of monthly expense.

This is a logical move for the US carrier, giving their customers a welcome break. The World Connect Value plan also offers low-rate calling from the US to other countries, like the 1 cent per minute charge for calls to Canada.

SOURCE: AT&T

Best AT&T Prepaid Android Phones

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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As good at the moment as it may be to be able to buy a flagship smartphone that costs upwards of $800 at a subsidized rate, not everyone is looking to get tied down in a 2-year contractual commitment to do so. Luckily, there are a lot of decent options when it comes to buying phones off-contract and opting for a prepaid plan. Apart from a slew of prepaid carriers, major network operators like T-Mobile and AT&T also offer such devices. Today, we’ll be exploring some of the best prepaid smartphones available from AT&T.


#1 Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the best Android smartphone you can get if you decide to opt for a prepaid GO plan from AT&T. As is the case with any Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S5 packs a host of software and hardware features, including the new additions of a fingerprint scanner up front, integrated into the physical home button, along with a heart rate monitor at the back. Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4 Kitkat, which should soon be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop, means that there is no shortage software enhancements either.

Of course, since you will be buying this device off-contract, you will have to pay the full price for this high-end smartphone. In the case of AT&T, that number is $649.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear cam, 2MP front cam
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145g
  • Shimmery White
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (Lollipop update coming down the pipeline)

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Buy from Amazon for $649


#2 Motorola Moto G 4G LTE

Not to be confused with the current iteration of the Moto G, the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE comes with features and specifications identical to the first generation device, while allowing you to take advantage of high-speed internet connectivity on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The Moto G 4G LTE will also receive Android 5.0 Lollipop soon, and while it is starting to show its age on the specifications front, it is still a fantastic option for those on a budget, with its impressive price point of just $179.99 off-contract.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3G/GSM
  • 4G LTE and microSD
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options
  • 5MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • 2070 mAh battery
  • 143g weight, 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm
  • Removable colored backs
  • Android 4.4 KitKat

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Buy from Amazon for $179.99


#3 Asus Padfone X Mini

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If you’re in the market for a smartphone and a tablet, but are on a budget, the Asus Padfone X Mini might be the answer. As is the case with most mini iterations of flagship devices, the Padfone X Mini is decidedly mid-range in its specifications, featuring a 4.5-inch display, an Intel Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage on-board.

Of course, the great news with this device is the fact that the phone can be docked into a Padfone Station to then use it as a 7-inch tablet with a display resolution of 1280 x 800, and a 2,200 mAh battery. Granted, you can’t use it as a tablet without the phone, but with the phone features carrying over to the tablet, including making and receiving calls, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. With an off-contract price of just $149.74, the Padfone X Mini is certainly a great option for those wanting a single device that can serve as both a phone and a tablet.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display, 480 x 854 resolution, 218 ppi
  • Intel Atom Z2560 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage, expandable up to 64 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 3G/4G LTE
  • 132.1 x 66.3 x 12.7 mm, 148.8 grams
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Padfone Station: 7-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 1 MP front camera, 2,200 mAh battery

Buy from Amazon for $149.74


#4 HTC Desire 610

HTC’s penchant for great design and build quality makes its way over to even its budget-friendly offerings, and that is exactly what you get with the HTC Desire 610. Even with its plastic build, the phone certainly doesn’t look or feel cheap in the hand. Also available is HTC’s signature front-facing BoomSound speakers, which may not pack as much of a punch as its more expensive siblings, but is still one of the better audio experiences you can get, especially at this price point.

The Snapdragon 400 processor performs quite well, and the Sense UI keeps things running smoothly and lag free. Except for the qHD display, the Desire 610 is a worthy competitor to the Moto G, with an equally impressive price point of just $139.99.

Specs

  • 4.7 inch qHD (960×540) display
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB
  • 2040 mAh battery
  • 3G/4G LTE
  • 143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm, 143.5 grams
  • Dual front stereo speakers

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#5 ZTE Compel

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The ZTE Compel is an entry-level smartphone available from AT&T. While the specifications are decent, with its 4-inch display with 480 x 800 resolution, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1 GB RAM, what is great about this device is the fact that it can also take advantage of AT&T’s 4G LTE network for high-speed internet access.

At a price point of $69.99, the ZTE Compel is a fantastic smartphone for anyone looking for a good entry point into the world of Android.

Specs

  • 4-inch TFT display, 480 x 800 resolution, 233 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB
  • 3G/4G LTE
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • 1,820 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4. Kitkat

Buy from AT&T for $69.99


While there a few options available, none of these smartphones are anywhere near the latest and greatest, instead mostly comprising of good mid-range and entry-level smartphones. The good news is that a lot of unlocked smartphones can work on AT&T’s network, so you do have the choice the pick one up separately and subscribe to AT&T’s Prepaid GO plans.

Looking for a good unlocked phone to bring over to AT&T’s GoPhone service? Some of the best budget-friendly choices include the following:

 

None of these do it for you? Don’t forget to check out our roundups of the best Android smartphones, and the best budget-friendly smartphones currently available.

AT&T now offering unlimited calling to Mexico

Posted by wicked January - 20 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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America’s second largest carrier, AT&T is now offering free calling from the U.S. to Mexico. This comes after the carrier acquired Mexican telecom network Iusacell a week ago.

The carrier’s World Connect Value pack can now make unlimited number of calls to any number (even mobiles) in Mexico at no extra cost. Enabling World Connect Value on your postpaid account will cost you $5 per line and will offer international calling at very cheap rates. Not too long ago, AT&T announced a similar unlimited plan, but only limited to international texts and MMS.

We’re always looking for opportunities to show our appreciation to our customers,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. “Mexico is the most frequently dialed country among our wireless customers—and now they can call as much as they want with our enhanced World Connect Value package.

Source: AT&T

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