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AT&T wants T-Mobile to stop complaining about the results of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. While AT&T spent $18 billion for 251 licenses in the recent auction, T-Mobile paid $1.77 billion for 151 licenses and Verizon spent $10.4 billion for 181 licenses (Dish also spent $13.3 billion for 702 licenses).

As T-Mobile CEO John Legere noted recently, the results of this auction show that yet again AT&T and Verizon are using their financial power to take over any and all available spectrum.

Now, Joan Marsh, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory, is telling T-Mobile to stop complaining because the process showed how spectrum was being “efficiently deployed to bring substantial additional data capacity to U.S. wireless consumers.” Additionally, Marsh writes that the money received during the auction will now pay for the country’s interoperable public safety broadband network.

“T-Mobile is a big proponent of competition unless they are facing it in an auction–there they prefer protection…But we didn’t set the prices at auction–the auction competition did.” - Joan Marsh, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory, FierceWireless

In terms of this specific argument, both AT&T and T-Mobile have arguments that make sense. While I agree with T-Mobile that AT&T/Verizon are simply purchasing everything in sight with their financial war chest, I agree with AT&T that it is a bit rich coming from T-Mobile who reportedly put down almost $4 billion in bids.

It also doesn’t help AT&T that in this letter telling T-Mobile to stop complaining, AT&T also complained about the spectrum rules which allowed for Dish’s Network to secure such a substantial number of licenses through smaller companies (and therefore save billions).

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But why is AT&T even commenting on another company who is complaining about the spectrum auction? Does AT&T realize that nobody complained more consistently and loudly as AT&T in the last year about the new spectrum rules?

As we have written about several times here at Android Authority, AT&T has quite the history complaining about the rules for spectrum auctions. In 2012, AT&T claimed that if they weren’t able to purchase T-Mobile, they would face an absolute spectrum catastrophe and would have to scale back network investment substantially. A year later, AT&T had a change of heart. After pulling off nearly forty spectrum deals in the previous 12 months, AT&T’s CFO John Stephens told investors that AT&T had enough spectrum to last the next five years.

It wasn’t even two years ago that the Department of Justice (DOJ) warned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they should potentially cap the amount of spectrum that AT&T and Verizon could acquire moving forward to prevent the two companies from hoarding spectrum anti-competitively.

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When T-Mobile asked the FCC to set aside portions of future 600 MHz broadcast spectrum for smaller or new entrants last year, AT&T responded by threatening the DOJ and FCC with lawsuits and by spending most of 2014 threatening to stay out of the upcoming spectrum auction. Thankfully, the FCC called AT&T’s bluff and AT&T crawled back to their corner until the auction started.

According to AT&T, the FCC’s new rules restricting AT&T and Verizon from completely hoarding important spectrum was supposed to “force AT&T to decide to spend its money elsewhere, which could undermine the FCC’s congressionally mandated goal of raising enough cash from the auction to … help pay for a new $7 billion public safety network.”

$40 billion later and AT&T yet again looks completely foolish with their predictions.

 

Audi USA will equip all of its 2016 cars with AT&T’s LTE service

Posted by wicked March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Building upon its previous arrangement, Audi and AT&T have reached an agreement to have all of Audi’s 2016 vehicles to come pre-installed with AT&T’s LTE service. This deal offers Audi drivers to add the LTE service for an extra $10 per month. In addition, a new capability of AT&T Drive is added where the car can connect to the company’s Digital Life home security and automation platform. This enables the user to control parts of their home straight from their vehicle. 

For a little more info, check out the source link after the break!

source: Fierce Wireless

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Softcard App Will Shut Down on March 31, Accounts Closed With It

Posted by Kellex March - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Softcard, the failure of a mobile payment system created by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, that tried its hardest to kill Google Wallet for years only to be acquired last month by Google in the most hilarious turn of events, is officially shutting down on March 31. According to emails being sent out to the four Softcard users in existence, the Softcard app will no longer work come March 31 and accounts will then be closed shortly after. 

We have also heard from sources that the Softcard app will be pulled from Google Play by March 16 and that sign-ups for the service have already stopped.

Here is a copy of the email:

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With Google acquiring some of the tech behind Softcard and the service preparing for the end, now is the time to go ahead and download Google Wallet. Trust me, your mobile payment life will be much better by making the switch.

Cheers J!

Softcard App Will Shut Down on March 31, Accounts Closed With It is a post from: Droid Life

AT&T has already confirmed it will sell the LG Urbane

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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With the days counting down until Apple’s presumed Watch press event, the fever pitch for wearables is about to reach an explosive high. LG, having already tested its hand with both the Android Wear-launch G Watch and subsequent LG G Watch R (the platform’s second circular smartwatch), is set to release the upcoming LG Urbane, and AT&T has wasted no time in announcing it will be selling the non SIM-smooching device.

While pricing, availability, and additional details are to be forthcoming at a future time, the fact that a major US carrier has already committed to this fascinating new product’s release can only mean good things are in store for LG. It’s highly likely that in the coming hours, days, and weeks, more carriers will jump on-board.

The LG Watch Urbane, presumably a play on the word “Urban”, is a stylish yet slightly rugged smartwatch that makes full use of metal and a plastic OLED display making it essentially a remixed G Watch R. The full list of features include:

  • 1.3-inch POLED display with resolution of 320×320, 245PPI
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 410mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: 9-axis, PPG, Barometer, heart rate monitor
  • IP67 waterproofing
  • Compatible with watch bands 22mm in size
  • Android Wear OS

Please check out our coverage on the LG Watch Urbane should the new timepiece pique your interest.

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BARCELONA, March 1, 2015 – AT&T1 announced today that it will offer the LG Watch Urbane in its retail stores and at www.att.com. Pricing, availability and further details will be announced at a later date.

LG Watch Urbane Features

The LG Watch Urbane features a premium metal design with a more formal, thinner profile. The full circle P-OLED display provides you with a seamless balance of classic design while optimizing the display area. Replaceable2 22mm stitched leather straps give you additional style options and choices. Key notifications,3 social media updates and daily schedules can be displayed by just saying, “Ok Google” to search for the information you need. Designed for both luxury and durability, the LG Watch Urbane has a water resistant rating that is good up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.4 Make strides and get ahead by tracking your progress with a built-in PPG Sensor.

Supporting Quote

“AT&T is excited to add the LG Watch Urbane to its industry leading selection of wearables. LG Watch Urbane combines the style of a classic timepiece with the latest technology that makes it easy to stay connected on-the-go. It’s stylish, cutting edge and convenient, so you can wear it to nearly any occasion and still receive notifications that matter most.” – Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility.

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1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

2 Alternate band designs sold separately.

3 Some features require a connection via Bluetooth® to a compatible device with a data network connection.

4IP67 rated (water-resistant/dustproof), submersible up to 1 meter for 30 mins w/ covers tightly closed. Rinse to remove any residue. Not shockproof.

– See more at: http://about.att.com/story/att_first_us_carrier_to_confirm_it_will_offer_the_lg_urbane.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AttAttWirelessRssFeeds+%28AT%26T+Wireless+RSS+Feeds%29#sthash.ioF2Qvs0.dpuf

Carriers announce that they will carry the S6 and S6 Edge

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Despite a March 1 announcement, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available after a bit, starting April 10. As such, carriers here in the US and abroad have announced that they will be carrying the new Galaxy flagship. Those include, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint in the US and Vodafone and Three in the UK. As far as pre-paid is concerned there are a few carriers that will carry the new Galaxy.

Cricket Wireless announced that it will carry the S6 while US Cellular announced that the S6 and S6 Edge will grace its network. Crickett Wireless has mentioned that the S6 will be available for $35 a month after $5 auto-pay credit. There’s no word on other carriers, like Verizon, and if they intend to carry the new Galaxy (we would guess that they will) or when most of these carriers will actually have the phone. Either way, we’ll let you know when they do.

 

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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Coming to These US Carriers and Retailers

Posted by Kellex March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Starting in April, you will be able to buy Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones at carriers and retailers across the US. Not all are getting both phones, though, so if one in particular grabbed your attention – like say the Galaxy S6 Edge – you will want to check the list below. 

Galaxy S6 Availability

  • Carriers:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, Boost Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS
  • Retailers:  Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart

Galaxy S6 Edge Availability

  • Carriers:  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon
  • Retailers:  Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart

Specific dates and pricing will be provided by each closer to availability.

Which one are you leaning towards?

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AT&T confirms its intent to sell the HTC One M9 and Grip

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Customers of AT&T will be happy to know that their carrier will sell the HTC One M9 and the HTC Grip this spring. The pricing and release date were not provided; however, AT&T did not waist the opportunity to boast that it “currently offers the broadest selection of HTC devices for consumers.”

The following is what Jeff Bradley, AT&T Mobility Senior Vice President of Marketing and Developer Services, had to say about the products:

“The HTC One M9 is the latest in a family of smartphones renowned for its design. This is a premium smartphone in every possible way, and you will enjoy a top-of-the-line experience as you use it to watch videos, communicate with loved ones, and stay connected with work. Additionally, the Grip offers users a similarly high end experience while working out. It collects information about your daily workout so that you can monitor your pogress and set new goals for yourself. Both of these devices were designed to enhance your daily routine.”

Unlike Sprint, AT&T did place its logo on the rear of the HTC One M9.

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Source: AT&T

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Here is a List of Retailers and Carriers That Will Sell the HTC One M9

Posted by Kellex March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

The HTC One M9 is now official, so you are probably wondering where you can buy one? Depending on who you ask, the phone should arrive around the globe in March or “early Spring” at a variety of retailers and wireless carriers. Yes, all of your favorite spots will have the new M9 for sale.

HTC’s press release for the One M9 specifically states that the phone will arrive at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon by “early Spring.” It will also be available through HTC.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, and Target. Finally, an unlocked version will be sold through HTC.com.

A Best Buy posting suggests that the off-contract price will drop in around $649.

We still don’t have specific dates, but we are now in March so the launch could be within the next couple of weeks.

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Here is a List of Retailers and Carriers That Will Sell the HTC One M9 is a post from: Droid Life

AT&T Announces Plans to Carry the LG Watch Urbane

Posted by Kellex March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

AT&T announced this morning that it is the first US carrier to confirm that it will carry LG’s new all-metal “luxury” smartwatch, the Watch Urbane. So we are clear, they didn’t announce that they will be the first to carry, only that they are the first carrier to confirm that they will carry it at some point. Why that’s worth an announcement is a discussion for another day, but that’s what we have here. 

Oh, they also didn’t include pricing, any sort of date of availability, or other details. Also, this is not the LTE version that doesn’t run Android Wear. This is the original Watch Urbane that does have Android Wear, but lacks stand-alone connectivity.

Details of the Watch Urbane, including specs and features, can be found here.

AT&T Link

Via:  ATT

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Open enrollment for insurance through AT&T runs through March 31

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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Getting your mobile device insured is something that should be done. However, the cost of doing so is not cheap and it just adds another expense to what is already a loaded monthly bill. We have good news for AT&T customers that are currently using uninsured devices. The carrier announced open enrollment for customers outside of the usual thirty-day window. Starting today, AT&T customers can choose between three programs to ensure one or multiple devices. Open enrollment will end on March 31; therefore, give it some thought and decide. Really, insuring your phone can be the difference between paying hundreds or a few bucks.

Hit the break for a look at the three programs offered.

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You can enroll now by clicking here.

Source: AT&T

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