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February 18 2014

February 03 2014

AT&T Drops Price of Shared Plans to $130 a Month for 10GB
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AT&T may have just started a new price war among wireless carriers by cutting the cost of its shared plans. The plans now start at $130 for two people to share 10GB of data along with unlimited talk and text, with extra lines costing another $15 each.

By comparison, the same two-person plan on Verizon Wireless costs $180, or $50 more. The difference grows as you add more lines, since Verizon charges $40 for each additional smartphone, so a four-line plan with 10GB of shared data costs $260 a month; on AT&T, it would cost $160.

Sprint offers a similar package with its "Framily" plans, although the comparison isn't perfect, since Sprint limits each line to 1GB of data. A four-line shared plan on Sprint, however, would include unlimited talk and text and costs $160 a month. Read more...

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Windows 8.1 Update Leaks and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. The New York Times reports that Apple is experimenting with a better battery that pulls energy from the air or Wi-Fi signals. The first update to Windows 8.1 has leaked, showing several minor updates, including a new title bar for Microsoft’s Windows 8-style apps. Wireless data got a little bit cheaper over the weekend: AT&T announced a family data sharing plan deal including 10 GB of data for four smartphones for $160. That’s $100 less than a similar plan from Verizon Wireless. Read more...

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January 21 2014

Hyundai, Kia to Offer In-Car Wireless Service
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Hyundai and Kia models will begin sporting 3G wireless service this year as part of a deal with Verizon, according to a report.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan, which hits showrooms in May, will be the first vehicle to include the service, Mark Bartolomeo, a vice president at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, told Bloomberg. Eventually, the carmaker will offer the faster 4G. Hyundai corporate sibling Kia will also offer Verizon service in the near future. Verizon has deals with Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, Bartolomeo told Bloomberg.

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January 09 2014

CREDO Mobile Publishes Industry's First Transparency Report
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CREDO Mobile, a small California cellphone carrier with around 125,000 subscribers, became the first U.S. telephone company to release a transparency report on Thursday, ahead of AT&T, and Verizon, which have promised they'd publish their own at the end of last month

After the first revelations of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs stared coming out at the beginning of the summer of 2013, Internet giants began to deny their involvement, and push for more transparency. Some companies, like Facebook, Apple and Yahoo, published their first transparency reports.

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January 07 2014

L'affaire Legere: T-Mobile CEO Kicked Out of AT&T CES Party
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What happens in Vegas this year at CES isn't staying in Vegas.

The Consumer Electronics Show, known for its stultifying barrage of speeds and feeds and subtlety upgraded gadgets, also offers a bit of drama for those who don't care about 4K TVs or curved cell phones. First, Transformers Producer Michael Bay suffered a bit of stage fright during a Samsung presentation and fled the stage. Hours later, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was escorted out of a party hosted by rival AT&T.

Legere, an industry gadfly known for his provocative pronunciations and rock-star hair, was putatively on hand to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis perform. However, soon after CNET's Roger Cheng tweeted a pic of Legere at the event, security guards ushered Legere off the premises Read more...

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January 06 2014

AT&T Lets Companies Sponsor Some Data Costs for Customers
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AT&T is kicking off its own version of "sponsored content."

The wireless carrier announced Monday that it plans to let businesses and developers cover the cost of data charges for specific apps and videos so customers can access these services for free

The program, which AT&T has dubbed "Sponsored Data," officially launched Monday, and customers will likely see more data-free offerings later this quarter. However, there's a catch: The option is only available to 4G customers at the moment.

In its announcement, AT&T compared the option to toll-free 1-800 numbers and free shipping for ecommerce sites. In theory, businesses will be able to use this to promote their products and services on mobile devices Read more...

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December 25 2013

Verizon, AT&T to Issue Government Transparency Reports
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All it took was six months and some of the worst press any corporation could possibly have. Verizon and AT&T will finally begin issuing transparency reports of government requests for their data.

It's a striking move for both companies and privacy advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said they were "pleasantly surprised" by the move. Verizon was the centerpiece of the very first of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's revelations: that the NSA regularly got the call records of all Verizon's customers via secret court order.

When American tech companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook were soon similarly indicted with documents proving they were tapped in a program called PRISM, they sprung into action. Each issued carefully worded denials that they were willing participants in such a scheme, and already published transparency reports — fuzzed on the specifics, per government demand — of how much information that governments around the world, including the U.S., demanded of them. Read more...

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December 15 2013

How I Saved $150 on My Monthly Wireless Bill
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Since the iPhone hit the market in 2007, consumers have been treated to a wave of smartphones that provide a huge amount of computing power wherever they go. But we're all paying a price for this. Literally.

The average family's monthly wireless bill was $149.07 in 2013, up 36% since 2010, according to J.D. Power & Associates. We get more for our money now; speeds have risen, as well. But as I examined my $200 AT&T bill each month, I often wondered when the equivalent of Moore's Law would set in for wireless pricing. I remember when laptops cost $2,000 or so. Now you can get a decent one for $400. Why didn't I see a similar upside for wireless service? Read more...

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December 11 2013

Twitter Adds Photos to DMs and Other News You Need to Know
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting stories. In the latest round of NSA news, The Washington Post reports the agency sometimes uses Internet cookies to find its targetsTwitter introduced some new features in its latest app update for iOS and Android, notably the ability to send and receive photos within DMs. And AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said it’s not financially viable for mobile carriers to continue subsidizing expensive smartphones. Read more...

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December 09 2013

Police Made 1.1 Million Data Requests to Cellphone Carriers in 2012
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After the summer's string of revelations about NSA surveillance, companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft have united in protest, published transparency reports and asked for permission to reveal even more information.

Cellphone companies like Verizon or AT&T have thus far remained silent when it comes to NSA. Major carriers are, however, now revealing that they received 1.1 million data requests from local law enforcement agencies in 2012, including requests for location data, text messages, browsing history and call logs.

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AT&T Refuses to Disclose When It Shares Customer Information
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A request made by AT&T’s shareholders for increased transparency has been rejected by the company. Specifically, citing privacy concerns, the company denied requests for transparency reports, similar to those published regularly by Twitter and Google, and it said the issue should not be addressed at AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting next spring.

Exactly how often the company shares customer information with the government isn’t anyone’s business, according to AT&T. That is an internal matter related to everyday business procedure, the company said — not the concern of shareholders or customers Read more...

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November 09 2013

AT&T to Bundle Lookout Security App on All Android Devices
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Aiming to boost the security of its Android line of mobile products, AT&T has announced a new deal with software security firm Lookout. The arrangement will allow AT&T to bundle Lookout’s software with all Android smartphones and tablets offered by the wireless carrier

“Our goal is to ensure that we provide our customers with the most comprehensive security, and we are excited to team up with Lookout to help protect our customers,” Judy Cavalieri, AT&T Mobility's vice-president of voice and prepaid products, said in a statement released Wednesday

Currently available as a free download, Lookout’s software is already a popular choice among Android users, boasting a 4.5 rating in the Google Play storeThe free version of the software has the ability to automatically snap photos of anyone attempting to unlock your smartphone, and helps the user locate a lost device via GPS. Read more...

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September 28 2013

Apple Will Pay Some iPad Owners Cash in Legal Settlement
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Some iPad owners will soon be cashing checks from Apple. The Cupertino, Calif. company and AT&T settled a long-standing, class-action lawsuit on Friday, in which consumers sued them for ending unlimited data plans for iPads in 2010.

Those affected are set to collect settlements worth $40 in cash, plus data discounts. Any consumers who purchased an iPad 3G on or before June 7, 2010, can benefit from the settlement, according to court documents. Those who submit a claim will receive $40 cash from Apple. What's more, any iPad 3G owner who did not opt in to AT&T's data plan can now get a 5GB plan for the iPad 3G with a $20 monthly discount for up to one year Read more...

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September 25 2013

Pebble Smart Watch Headed to AT&T
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Pebble is coming to AT&T.

Already available at Best Buy stores and online, AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier to sell the device. The watch is expected to hit 500 of AT&T’s retail stores on Sept. 27, coming to more stores in October.

As a smart watch, Pebble connects to your iPhone or Android device and brings some of your phones notifications to your wrist. Things like text messages, Caller ID and even emails can be displayed on the watch, giving you the opportunity to see them and determine whether or not your need to want to respond without pulling your phone out of your pocket. Read more...

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September 13 2013

T-Mobile, AT&T Reveal Installment Plans for New iPhones
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T-Mobile and AT&T revealed details on Friday about the installment plans for its latest-generation iPhones, the iPhone 5S and the low-cost iPhone 5C, and it looks like AT&T has the edge in pricing.

Although T-Mobile and AT&T are offering the iPhone 5Cfor no money up front with monthly payments, you will pay less over time with AT&T

However, T-Mobile offers a less pricey service plan — including unlimited calls, texting and data for $70 each month — compared to AT&T's $80-per-month plan with limited data and talk time.

Here's a full look at the installment pricing: Read more...

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September 11 2013

Dear Brands: Here's How to Avoid Screwing Up on Social Media
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"Shame on you, AT&T." "Very tasteless." "Pathetic."

These were not the responses AT&T expected after posting its Sept. 11 photo tribute on Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday. The company miscalculated the public's reaction to a picture, which may have been an homage to this authentically touching 9/11 Village Voice cover. The image also continued a visual motif that the brand had used in preceding posts on Facebook

AT&T was hardly the only brand to weigh in on 9/11. Everyone from Boar's Head to the L.A. Lakers offered tributes, which were met by varying degrees of incredulity and disgust. As a journalist, I'm happy to see brands continue to screw up in social media. As a public service, though, I'd like to offer the following suggestions. Read more...

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August 19 2013

HTC One Mini Launches on AT&T This Friday
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If you've been holding out for a smaller version of the HTC One flagship smartphone, the wait will soon be over. AT&T will welcome the new scaled-down HTC One Mini phone on Friday.

The HTC One Mini, which was first announced in July, features an aluminum body and a 4.3-inch screen. The LTE-capable phone is 21 grams lighter, 5.4 mm shorter, 5 mm less wide and just barely thinner than its 4.7-inch big brother. Carrier AT&T will sell the HTC One Mini for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

The more compact HTC One Mini makes some power compromises when compared with the flagship HTC One. The One Mini utilizes a dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. Its HD screen is 720p, compared to the larger One's 1080p display. But similar to the One, the One Mini also has dual front-facing speakers with a built-in amplifier and other HTC-specific perks like BlinkFeed and Zoe. Read more...

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May 10 2013

LG's Giant Optimus G Pro Is Now Available at AT&T
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Looking for a really large, powerful smartphone? The LG Optimus G Pro, available today at AT&T, might be right up your alley

The device has a huge, 5.5-inch, full HD (1,920 x 1,080) screen, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM

It's running Android 4.1.2, and — just like its biggest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S4 — sports a 13-megapixel camera

We had a chance to try it out at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while the LG Optimus Pro is definitely not for the small-handed, its thin and light frame make its proportions surprisingly manageable

The LG Optimus G Pro is available for $199.99 on a two-year contract, or $549 if contracts are not your thing. You can get it here. Read more...

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August 31 2012

AT&T to Open Apple-Style Flagship Store in Chicago


Mobile carrier AT&T is taking a page from Apple's books, opening up a flagship retail store on Chicago's prestigious Michigan Avenue, just down the street from Apple's property.

The store, opening Saturday, will boast an 18-foot video wall, 10,000 square feel of space, and will be staffed by 40 employees. Including the smartphones and tablets you'd expect from an AT&T store, you'll be able to purchase a line of exclusive designer accessories at the Chicago store.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Secret Employee Training Manual Revealed

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