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Apple Stores gearing up to allow early-upgrade carrier program buying?

07/29, 12:43am

Program expected to be operational in time for next iPhone arrival

Traditionally, iPhones bought from Apple Stores come in two varieties: locked to an individual carrier with a two-year contract, or completely unlocked but at full retail price. Last month, the company began allowing sales of iPhones on pre-paid plans, and now appears to be poised to allow Apple Store sales of iPhones to existing (and eligible) AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, T-Mobile Jump, and possibly Sprint EasyPay customers, who have the freedom to upgrade their phones more often in exchange for a slightly higher monthly charge.

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Verizon Wireless adds 1.7M subscribers in Q4

01/21, 10:30am

Over 4M new customers in 2013

Verizon Wireless has announced its fourth-quarter earnings, which have been bolstered by 1.7 million new subscribers. The company also reports significant progress in its LTE deployment, spreading 4G service across 99 percent of its existing 3G footprint and reaching approximately 97 percent of the US population.

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AT&T lures T-Mobile customers with $450 trade-in offer

01/03, 9:52am

Participants must pay full price for new phone

AT&T has launched a new promotion that promises up to $450 per line for existing T-Mobile customers. Subscribers willing to jump ship are automatically qualified for $200 credit when they transfer their service to AT&T, along with a trade-in credit of up to $250 for eligible smartphones, however participants are forced to forgo subsidized pricing for new devices.

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AT&T teams with Rogers for LTE roaming in Canada

12/09, 11:56am

Carrier promotes global data packages

AT&T has announced that its customers can take advantage of LTE roaming while traveling in Canada. The service is one of the first to enable LTE connectivity for US travelers as they head across northern borders, through a roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers Communications.

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AT&T offering 50 percent off iPhones, other smartphones

11/16, 7:30pm

AT&T rolls out half-off price offers

AT&T is currently offering an online deal that will allow customers to pick up the latest smartphones on the carrier for half off. Customers signing up for a two-year contract can get devices like the 16GB iPhone 5s for between $100. Also on offer is the iPhone 5c, which is available for $50 on contract. The deal only applies to those devices that are priced under $199 regularly, meaning that devices like the Galaxy Note 3 are not eligible for the discount.

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LG G Flex curved smartphone said to hit AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

11/13, 1:35pm

Curved smartphone will supposedly hit American carriers

LG's curving G Flex smartphone will not be limited to its native South Korea for distribution, according to a new rumor. Reliable mobile industry leaker @evleaks tweeted on Wednesday that the new phone with a novel form factor has been "confirmed" to be bound for AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. No dates have been announced for the curved smartphone's arrival, but given @evleaks' history of pronouncements, it may be some time in the near future.

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Briefly: AT&T expands LTE coverage; Xbox Music free via Live Gold

11/06, 12:59pm

AT&T deploys LTE network in 13 more cities

AT&T has continued its ongoing LTE deployment, bringing the 4G service to 14 new markets across the US. The expansion includes Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Arkansas; Galesburg, Macomb and Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Maysville and Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland, Maryland; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph, Missouri; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Big Spring, Texas and Winchester, Virginia.

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Galaxy S4 mini to hit four US carriers in November

10/23, 2:16pm

Smaller GS4 variant to hit Sprint, AT&T, Verizon

Samsung fans that are looking for a smaller smartphone experience will be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 mini on one of four major American carriers beginning in November. The 4.3-inch handset will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and USCellular. Samsung has not announced specific launch dates for the device on each carrier.

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Samsung leaks: S4 Mini heading to AT&T, Sprint; Galaxy S5 Jan. launch

10/11, 11:45am

S5 said to be rushed to market

Several Samsung leaks have pointed to alleged launch details for the company's current Galaxy S4 Mini handset and next-generation S5 flagship. Amid reports claiming Galaxy S4 sales have failed to meet internal goals, a report from the Korean site Naver suggests the Galaxy S5 is being hurried onto the market with an anticipated unveiling as early as January.

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AT&T adds live TV streaming to U-Verse iOS, Android apps

10/07, 5:24am

Streams 108 channels at home, 25 when out of the house

AT&T has brought more viewing options to its U-verse mobile app collection, by adding Internet streaming of live television channels. Viewers will be able to watch a range of live programming from subscribed-to channels through the iOS and Android apps, alongside the existing remote control, DVR-scheduling, and video on-demand services.

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AT&T rolls out LTE in 11 cities, expands coverage in 11 others

10/02, 3:33pm

New markets range from Florida to Washington

AT&T has announced the latest cities to receive LTE coverage as the company continues to deploy its 4G network across the US. The rollout arrives in 11 cities for the first time, while the coverage footprint has been expanded in another 11 cities that previously had limited availability.

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AT&T signs international Wi-Fi network sharing deal with Fon

09/24, 3:16pm

AT&T Data Global Add-on users gain access to near 12M Fon hotspots

AT&T has made an agreement with Wi-Fi hotspot network Fon to provide each others customers with overseas Wi-Fi. Customers of Fon will be able to use AT&T's 30,000-location Wi-Fi hotspot network at various stores and businesses in the United States, while AT&T customers can use Fon's international network of close to 12 million hotspots.

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T-Mobile under fire from NAD for AT&T network attack advertisements

09/18, 7:54am

Statements about network speed, congestion in T-Mobile ads flawed

Television advertising for T-Mobile contains flawed "statements" about its service compared to AT&T that it cannot back up, according to the National Advertising Division (NAD). The Council of Better Business Bureaus-managed NAD has called for the offending ads to be removed from circulation, or changed before being viewed again.

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iPhone 5s stock low at carrier retail, 5c color inventory issues soon

09/17, 4:10pm

Some retailers seeing no iPhone 5s, 5c issues likened to tangerine iMac

Reports have begun to surface of very low expected stock of the Apple iPhone 5s at multiple US carriers' retail locations, in addition to low stock at Apple retail stores. The iPhone 5c and 5s will go on sale at all of the iPhone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, with spot checks by MacNN showing minimal expected inventory of the 5s, and some retail stores having not yet received any of the sought-after iPhone 5s at all, with none expected before Friday.

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T-Mobile Galaxy Note 3, AT&T Galaxy Gear preorders start this week

09/16, 2:59pm

AT&T commencing Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch orders at midnight

T-Mobile will be opening up pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 later this week, starting from the 18th. While T-Mobile will commence sales of the Samsung phablet from Wednesday, AT&T will be doing the same for the Galaxy Gear smart watch from midnight tonight, having already started its Galaxy Note 3 pre-orders earlier.

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Straight Talk adds support for AT&T-compatible LTE devices

09/13, 3:19pm

Service now competes with Aio

Prepaid carrier Straight Talk has expanded its device support to include smartphones or tablets that are compatible with AT&T's LTE network. A product page noticed by Droid-Life and Engadget lists dedicated LTE-capable SIM cards for unlocked AT&T devices, which can be used for the company's $45/month unlimited plan.

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iPhone 5c pre-orders open via Apple, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint

09/13, 6:10am

Multi-colored iPhone still set to ship on September 20th

Pre-orders have commenced for the multi-colored iPhone 5c through Apple's online store, with the four major US carriers also offering it at the same time. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile are all selling the new smartphone, with customers in ten other countries also able to pre-order the iPhone 5c before its September 20th shipping date.

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Verizon, Sprint to commence iPhone 5c preorders at 3AM ET Friday

09/12, 12:39am

No preorders available for flagship iPhone 5s, hints at supply shortage

The first- and third-largest carriers in the US have confirmed that they will begin accepting preorders on the iPhone 5c, the more colorful and less expensive of the two new iPhone models Apple introduced on Tuesday, beginning at 12:01AM Pacific Time (3:01AM Eastern) on Friday, September 13. Verizon and Sprint have formally confirmed the times, while Apple, AT&T and fourth-place T-Mobile USA are expected to follow suit. The new iPhones are functionally similar to the iPhone 5, but cost $100 less at full price and start on contract at $99.

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AT&T completes spectrum buy in 18 states, will expand LTE network

09/10, 5:36pm

42 million people covered by 700 MHz band B purchase

AT&T announced today that it completed its acquisition of wireless spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band B block from Verizon Wireless that it started in January. The acquired licenses cover 42 million people in 18 states -- California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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Briefly: Blue HTC One heads to Best Buy, Roku Android app update

09/10, 5:14am

Best Buy to start selling metallic blue HTC One from September 15th

The blue version of the HTC One will be going on sale through Best Buy from September 15th. Identical to the normal model except for color, the "metallic blue" smartphone will be available on AT&T and Verizon, along with Sprint, though the retailer has yet to reveal per-carrier pricing. It is suggested by Engadget that it could cost as much as $700 off-contract through the retailer.

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Lumia 1020 now $199 at AT&T Microsoft stores

09/07, 3:37pm

Microsoft, AT&T make Lumia 1020 price drop permanent

Cost-conscious fans of Nokia's Lumia 1020 have lucked out, as Microsoft and AT&T have decided to drop the price of the device by $100 for good. The most powerful smartphone-camera combination on the market can now be had for $199. The announcement came Friday by way of the Windows Phone Blog. That price point is available at AT&T's site, its physical retail locations, and at Microsoft Stores.

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AT&T, Apple now training support staff on iOS 7, iTunes Radio

09/06, 12:00am

Update for iOS expected on September 10 alongside new iPhone launch

Apple and its primary US iPhone carrier partner, AT&T, have begun formally training their respective support staffs (such as front-desk sales, technicians and call-in support crews) on the upcoming iOS 7, which is expected to arrive alongside the announcement of new iPhones at an Apple media event on September 10. The training, revealed a set of leaked support screens, show overviews of the primary features of the upgrade, including things like iTunes Radio and the Activation Lock which will be part of the enhanced Find My iPhone app.

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DEA pays AT&T to provide phone records back to 1987

09/02, 2:37pm

Records extend beyond AT&T customers

The Drug Enforcement Agency and other government agencies have reportedly paid AT&T for access to a database of phone records extending back to 1987, according to a New York Times report. Referred to as the "Hemisphere Project," the program is said to store data regarding phone calls routed through AT&T switches, rather than focusing solely on records for AT&T customers.

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AT&T prepares prepaid Aio Wireless for national rollout next month

08/30, 5:34am

Expanding limited service area to across United States in mid-September

AT&T-owned MVNO Aio Wireless will be expanding its currently-limited coverage further afield, with the parent carrier stating that it will roll out the prepaid service across the United States. People located outside parts of Texas, Georgia, and Florida, areas where Aio currently operates, will be able to sign up for the carrier from mid-September.

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Report: AT&T also blacking out dates for expected iPhone launch

08/29, 7:00pm

Suspends employee vacations for second half of September

Following on the heels of reports of T-Mobile "blacking out" employee days off on the weekend of September 20-22 -- what is likely to be the first retail launch weekend of the forthcoming new iPhone -- more evidence has emerged that suggests AT&T is also blacking out employee vacation days, for the entire second half of the month. The iPhone continues to be AT&T's top selling smartphone after six years.

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AT&T purchase of Alltel assets temporarily stopped by FCC

08/27, 9:19pm

FCC concerned about prepaid customer migration to new networks

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has temporarily stopped an informal 180-day approval clock on the AT&T purchase of Alltel's retail operations. The FCC claims to have no information on how AT&T will migrate the Alltel customer base to its network "despite several Commission staff follow-up conversations about the importance of transitioning prepaid customers."

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AT&T starts selling Moto X, Motomaker customization site launches

08/23, 3:01pm

Customers visiting store can buy Motomaker card for online Moto X ordering

The Moto X has gone on sale through AT&T. The Motorola flagship smartphone is available through both AT&T's website and through retail stores, with the site offering the plain black and white options, and customers buying a Moto X card in-store being able to customize their device's color scheme through the Motomaker website.

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AT&T reveals plans to expand 4G LTE expansion into 50 new markets

08/21, 12:11am

New growth expands into portions of 26 states

AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE in at least 50 additional markets by the end of this year. AT&T 4G LTE currently covers more than 225 million people and 370 markets; with this expansion by the end of 2013, coverage is expected to expand to nearly 270 million people and more than 400 markets.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with AT&T branding appears in leaked image

08/18, 8:59pm

LTE-equipped smartphone could launch on AT&T on August 23rd

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could still be making its way to AT&T in the future, according to a new leak. An image showing the large smartphone, complete with blue color scheme and AT&T branding on the back, suggests that the brief appearance of the device with compatible LTE radios at the FCC in June was leading to a full release.

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Briefly: HTC One heads to Verizon next week, Moto X to AT&T

08/16, 11:24am

Verizon late to offer HTC flagship phone

Verizon schedules HTC One launch

Verizon has announced that it is finally set to ship HTC's flagship One smartphone on August 22 for $200 with a new contract. The company is one of the last major carriers to launch the phone, amid reports of a larger "One Max" variant. Sprint is currently offering an exclusive red version, available with a buy-one-get-one-free promotional offer through the rest of the month.

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Samsung, AT&T replacing water-damaged Galaxy S4 Active phones

08/07, 12:12am

New program giving one time replacement for damaged devices

Samsung and AT&T have launched an exchange program for damaged Samsung Galaxy S4 Active smartphones. The program was rumored earlier today, but since initial report both companies have confirmed the program and have commenced replacing users' water-damaged devices with new or refurbished units, depending on stock received at the exchanging store.

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AT&T updates Wireless Home Phone service with LTE Internet access

07/30, 5:07pm

Provides calls via home phone, acts as Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices

AT&T has updated its Wireless Home Phone service to include data access to the carrier's LTE network. The new service, building upon the prepaid options introduced in May, will provide a home phone service over the AT&T cellular network, similar to versions offered by Verizon, US Cellular, and Rogers, except that it will also provide its users Internet access.

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AT&T posts improving profits, subscribers in quarterly earnings

07/23, 5:02pm

Company notes incredible growth in pay-as-you-go plans

AT&T today reported continued earnings gains for the second quarter, with increasing revenue growth driven by strong mobile data growth, solid postpaid net adds and continued strong gains in wireline consumer and U-verse services. AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $32.1 billion, up 1.6 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Second-quarter 2013 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.8 billion compared to $3.9 billion in the year-earlier quarter, down 7.6 percent.

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AT&T, Verizon to provide customers with early upgrade options

07/16, 5:29am

Launch of T-Mobile Jump forcing other carriers to offer similar plans

The new T-Mobile Jump plan to allow for phone upgrades twice a year appears to have forced the hand of AT&T and Verizon into offering their own variants of the scheme, departing from the typical 24-month lifecycle. AT&T announced a new plan to provide new smartphones and tablets on a yearly basis, something it teased about last week, while Verizon is said to be working on its own plan.

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Best Buy cuts BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to $50

07/12, 7:49pm

Price reduction permanent effort to boost sales of BB10 device

Retailer Best Buy has slashed the poor-selling BlackBerry Z10 phone on either AT&T or Verizon to $50 with the purchase of a service contract. The price cut appears to be permanent for the smartphone that originally went on sale for $200 in March.

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AT&T set to acquire Leap Wireless for $15 per share

07/12, 7:05pm

Merger gives AT&T large spectrum block, may draw regulator concern

AT&T and prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless have entered into an agreement for AT&T to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire all of Leap's stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores, debt and approximately five million subscribers. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap's 700 Mhz "A Block" spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.

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Nokia launches 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, reaches AT&T July 26th

07/11, 12:18pm

Takes simultaneous 38MP, oversampled 5MP images for social network sharing

Nokia has launched its new 41-megapixel camera at its New York event, confirming a number of specifications leaked earlier today. The Nokia Lumia 1020 improves upon the camera used in the PureView 808 by adding six-lens Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, a backside illuminated sensor, and a number of other features to the Windows 8 smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 spied at FCC for second time with AT&T LTE

06/20, 11:09am

Support for AT&T LTE bands found in large Samsung smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could be heading to AT&T, according to details found in an FCC filing. The smartphone with the 6.3-inch display made its send trip to the Commission for clearance, and while in the first instance it was shown to have AT&T-supported HSPA+, this time it is equipped with AT&T 4G LTE bands.

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NEC Terrain rugged smartphone with QWERTY keyboard reaches AT&T

06/20, 8:49am

Dust, waterproof smartphone uses echo cancellation, noise suppression

AT&T has added a ruggedized smartphone from NEC to its business-oriented range of smartphones. Combining a 3.1-inch display with a QWERTY keyboard, the NEC Terrain is claimed to be waterproof and dustproof, uses a Gorilla Glass screen, and exceeds military specifications for shock distribution, as well as having mid-range smartphone features.

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AT&T sets price of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 at $400, $200 in bundle

06/18, 7:14am

Carrier discounts Galaxy Note 8.0 when bought with Samsung smartphones

AT&T has revealed its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, ahead of its launch on the network on June 21st. The tablet with the 8-inch display and access to the AT&T LTE network will cost $400 with a two-year contract when bought on its own, but the carrier will also be offering it at a discount when bought as part of a bundle.

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AT&T confirms Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with LTE due in coming weeks

06/12, 1:53pm

Announcement confirms details spotted in FCC LTE filing

AT&T has confirmed it will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 on its network. Last seen passing through the FCC with support for the same LTE bands that AT&T uses, the tablet will work on the carrier's 4G LTE network, and brings along the same 1280x800 eight-inch display that Electronista tried out at Mobile World Congress in February.

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Briefly: Enhanced Push-to-Talk for iOS, iSkin launches new cases

06/10, 12:20pm

AT&T brings Enhanced Push-to-Talk to iOS

AT&T has launched an iOS version of its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service, that allows customers to chat instantly with large groups. Limited to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, the new app can be used to make calls on compatible WiFi networks, including more than 32,000 AT&T hotspots, as well as over the company's 3G and 4G networks. On top of basic calling features, the app also includes personal alerts, free and busy status options, and supervisory override that allows supervisors to communicate important time sensitive messages to their team. Enhanced Push-to-Talk requires an AT&T subscription and cannot be used with international roaming.

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AT&T extends upgrade period to two years

06/09, 6:31pm

AT&T lengthens upgrades to 24 months

AT&T is following in the footsteps of its chief rival by lengthening the period customers must remain on contract before they can upgrade their devices. An anonymous source tipped Engadget to the carrier's decision, which will limit customers to upgrading their devices only when they've reached the full duration of their contracts. Prior to the policy shift, the upgrade period was 20 months.

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BlackBerry Q5 spotted in FCC filing equipped with AT&T 3G connection

06/07, 1:09pm

Filing suggests possible host of cheaper BlackBerry phone in US

The BlackBerry Q5, the cheaper alternative to the BlackBerry Q10 that is destined for emerging markets, could be heading to the United States soon, according to an FCC filing. A device matching the appearance of the BB10 OS smartphone has been spotted in the listing, suggesting it may make an appearance in the US after all.

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AT&T to remove some data add-ons to lower-cost GoPhone prepaid plans

06/07, 7:19am

Changes will force heavy data users onto $65 prepaid plan

AT&T is streamlining its GoPhone prepaid brand by removing some of its data plan options from its cheapest offerings. The carrier will be limiting the number of data plans its customers can choose from on June 20th for its two lowest plans, forcing data-hungry customers to upgrade their plans to a more expensive version.

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Report: Nokia 41MP EOS, tablet in testing at AT&T

06/02, 1:40pm

Powerful camera and tablet soon to come from Nokia

A new report has Nokia close to releasing both a tablet and a new smartphone with a powerful sensor, with both of those devices in testing at AT&T. Nokiapoweruser on Saturday carried the report that the United States' second-largest carrier is in the process of trying out new devices from Nokia. The tablet and EOS smartphone could see release as early as this summer.

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AT&T adds 4G LTE access to 11 markets, expands coverage in 6 more

05/29, 12:23pm

New network additions has AT&T covering 239 markets with LTE

AT&T has rolled out its 4G LTE network into 11 new markets and expanded in six others, as part of its national roll-out of the high-speed data network. New areas in six states, including Virginia and Washington, have had LTE access turned on today, while six markets in five states will have a wider coverage area.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 revisits FCC with AT&T LTE connectivity

05/29, 4:16am

LTE version of Galaxy Note 8.0 could be unveiled on AT&T soon

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has passed through the FCC for testing yet again, this time for certifications related to LTE connectivity. The tested tablet is reportedly a version that will operate on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the new radio replacing the 3G version seen by the Commission in March, suggesting it could go on sale in the next few months.

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AT&T Wireless adds $0.61 per month administrative fee to all users

05/23, 6:22pm

Fee consistent with industry, added effective May 1

AT&T Wireless has started billing customers $0.61 per month as a mobility "administrative fee." The new charge came into effect May 1, and has been applied to all consumer bills, in addition to business accounts where the user pays the amount due. The new fee will add nearly $500 million to AT&T's coffers in a year.

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AT&T waiving overage charges for Oklahoma City tornado victims

05/21, 8:15am

Encourages donations to Red Cross after storm kills more than 91

In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that cut a path of destruction through Oklahoma City on Monday, wireless carrier AT&T announced that overage charges would be suspended for the area until June 30 as part of an effort to assist victims, many of whom lost everything. Due to high call volumes as friends and family check on their loved ones, the company said it would add additional resources to relieve cell congestion.

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