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Review: AT&T's Power Drum Can Charge Your Apple Watch and Another Qi Device on the Go, but Phones Are a Bit of a Balancing Act

Wednesday December 11, 2019 11:03 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Ever since the Apple Watch launched in 2015, we've seen countless products that save up some counter or desktop space by letting you charge your Apple Watch and iPhone in one spot. There are numerous versions of this type of accessory, and now AT&T has released its own with the Power Drum. The Power Drum is a cylindrical charger with a small 3-inch footprint that houses a built-in Apple Watch...

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Major U.S. Internet Providers Agree Not to Terminate Service for Non-Payment, Lift Some Data Caps

Friday March 13, 2020 10:48 am PDT by Juli Clover
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the United States, people are relying heavily on home internet connections for work and school as many employers have asked employees to work from home and schools have canceled classes for the next few weeks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today said [PDF] that major U.S. internet providers, including Comcast, AT&T, CenturyLink, ...

AT&T TV Live Streaming Service Launches Nationwide With Set-Top Box and Two-Year Contract

Monday March 2, 2020 8:18 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
AT&T today announced the nationwide launch of AT&T TV, which is a live TV streaming service that is available through a set-top box powered by Android TV (via Variety). This isn't the same thing as AT&T TV Now, the company's app-based live TV streaming service available on Apple TV and other devices. After testing AT&T TV in 13 markets, the company is moving AT&T TV to the forefront of its...

U.S. Carriers Facing $200M in Fines for Selling Customer Location Data

Friday February 28, 2020 2:47 pm PST by Juli Clover
As expected, the United States Federal Communications Commission today proposed fines against the four major wireless carriers in the United States for improperly sharing and selling real-time customer location information without taking "reasonable measures" to protect against unauthorized access to the data. In a statement [PDF] released today, the FCC says that T-Mobile should pay the...

FCC to Propose Fining AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile $200M for Sharing Customer Location Data

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:07 pm PST by Juli Clover
The United States Federal Communication Commission is expected to propose fining AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint $200 million in total for improperly disclosing real-time customer location data, reports Reuters. Proposed fines for the four major carriers in the United States could be announced as soon as tomorrow, and the carriers would have the chance to challenge the fines before they...

FCC: Wireless Carriers Violated Federal Law by Sharing Consumer Location Data

Friday January 31, 2020 12:11 pm PST by Juli Clover
One or more wireless carriers violated federal law by failing to protect sensitive customer information like real-time data location, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed today in letters sent to Congress as part of a wireless location investigation [PDF]. As noted by Bloomberg, Pai's letter comes after the U.S. Committee on Energy and Commerce in November accused the FCC of "failing in its duty to ...

AT&T Launches 5G Network in 10 Cities

Friday December 13, 2019 5:52 am PST by Eric Slivka
AT&T today announced that it has launched its 5G network in its first ten markets: Birmingham, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. AT&T has PDF maps of coverage areas within these cities in its press release, and the carrier is aiming for nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of next year. For the time being,...

AT&T Unlimited &More Premium Wireless Plan Bundles Spotify Premium at No Extra Cost

Monday August 5, 2019 7:19 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
After partnering with Hulu, Spotify today announced that it will bundle its Premium plan with AT&T's most expensive wireless offering. Specifically, if you pay for AT&T's Unlimited &More Premium plan, you'll have the option to get a Spotify Premium monthly subscription at no extra cost (via Variety). AT&T's Unlimited &More Premium plans start at $80 monthly per line, and if you are an...

AT&T Named 2019's Fastest U.S. Mobile Network in Annual PCMag Carrier Showdown

Thursday June 20, 2019 2:05 pm PDT by Juli Clover
AT&T is the fastest mobile network in the United States according to PCMag's latest annual mobile network comparison, which was released this morning. For the test, PCMag employees drove through 30 cities and 25 states across the U.S. and ran more than 60,000 mobile speed tests to determine the speediest mobile network. The tests were conducted using Samsung Galaxy S10 devices on networks from ...

FCC Questions U.S. Carriers on Phone Location Data Sales Practices

Wednesday May 1, 2019 2:34 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The United States Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday sent out letters to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint questioning the carriers about their data selling practices, reports Motherboard. The carriers have been found selling real-time location information from customer devices to data aggregators, leading the location data to end up in the hands of private investigators, bounty...

AT&T CEO Believes 5G Phone Plans Could Be Tiered and Priced on Data Speed

Wednesday April 24, 2019 3:53 pm PDT by Juli Clover
The next couple of years will see the rollout of 5G cellular phone networks from companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and it sounds like 5G smartphone plans might not be priced in the same way as current 4G LTE plans. During today's AT&T earnings call, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said (via The Verge) that he believes the pricing for 5G connectivity could resemble home broadband...

AT&T and Sprint Settle Lawsuit Over Misleading '5GE' Label for AT&T's 4G Network

Monday April 22, 2019 4:10 pm PDT by Juli Clover
AT&T and Sprint have settled a lawsuit that Sprint levied against AT&T for its misleading "5G Evolution" or "5GE" branding that AT&T uses for its upgraded 4G LTE network. A spokesperson for AT&T today told Law360 that the matter has been "amicably settled." Details on the terms of the settlement have not been shared, but AT&T is planning to continue to use its ‌5GE‌ branding. AT&T earlier ...

Deals Spotlight: AT&T Offering iPhone XR at No Cost When You Buy a New iPhone on AT&T Next

Friday March 29, 2019 8:48 am PDT by Mitchel Broussard
AT&T this week is offering customers the chance to buy one iPhone and get another at no extra cost, as long as both are purchased on an AT&T Next installment plan with an eligible wireless line. iPhones eligible for the offer include: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, or XS Max (priced up to $1,449.99). Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with AT&T. When you click a link and make a purchase, we ...

AT&T's '5GE' Service No Faster Than LTE From Verizon and T-Mobile

Friday March 22, 2019 10:16 am PDT by Juli Clover
Starting with the iOS 12.2 beta, AT&T began displaying a 5G Evolution or 5GE icon on iPhones, misleading AT&T subscribers into thinking they're getting 5G transfer speeds when in fact, 5G on iPhone is not supported and AT&T has no 5G network as of yet. AT&T uses the 5GE labeling to describe its 4G LTE networks that offer features like three-way carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and 4x4 MIMO. These ...

Sprint Takes Out Full Page NYT Ad Calling Out AT&T for Misleading 5GE Branding

Monday March 11, 2019 3:25 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Sprint on Sunday took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to call out AT&T for its "5GE" network labeling, which actually offers 4G speeds rather than 5G speeds. In the letter [PDF], Sprint calls AT&T's 5G Evolution "fake 5G" and clarifies that AT&T is not, in fact, offering faster speeds than other carriers who deliver the same 4G LTE advancements that AT&T has enabled such as three-way...

DirecTV Now Gains Apple TV App Integration [Updated]

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:13 am PST by Juli Clover
AT&T today announced that its DirecTV Now service has been updated with support for Apple's TV app. With TV app integration, DirecTV Now users can take advantage of cross-device episode and movie tracking with the Up Next feature along with tailored content recommendations available on the DirecTV Now service using the Watch Now feature on the Apple TV. There's so much on-demand content and ...

Disney in Talks to Acquire WarnerMedia's 10% Stake in Hulu, Resulting in 70% Ownership After Fox Acquisition

Thursday February 28, 2019 6:29 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Disney is in active discussions with AT&T in an effort to acquire the 10 percent ownership stake that WarnerMedia has in Hulu, according to a report by Variety. Disney already owns a 30 percent stake in Hulu, and is soon to gain Fox's 30 percent stake once regulatory approvals for the Disney/20th Century Fox acquisition go through. This means that if Disney does end up with both AT&T and...

Deals Spotlight: AT&T Offering Apple TV 4K At No Cost When Signing Up for Fiber Internet

Monday February 11, 2019 10:49 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
AT&T has kicked off a new Apple TV 4K promotion, this one tied to the company's Fiber Internet service. For the month of February, anyone who signs up for AT&T Fiber Internet 300 or Fiber Internet 1000 will have the chance to get a 32GB Apple TV 4K at no cost. Shoppers should note that the deal is contingent upon AT&T Fiber being available in your area. AT&T Fiber Internet 300 costs $70/month...

AT&T Sued by Sprint for Misleading '5GE' Branding [Updated With AT&T Statement]

Friday February 8, 2019 4:01 am PST by Mitchel Broussard
Sprint has filed a lawsuit in federal court against AT&T for its false "5G Evolution" claims that appeared on some iPhones in iOS 12.2 beta 2 earlier this week, and on Android phones in January (via Engadget). AT&T says that this "5GE" label indicates to customers when they are in an area where 5G Evolution "may be available," but it's really just an upgraded version of 4G LTE, because any form...

AT&T's First Mobile 5G Service Will Be Available in 12 Cities Starting Friday

Tuesday December 18, 2018 8:53 am PST by Juli Clover
AT&T today announced that it has launched its first mobile 5G service in parts of 12 cities across the United States, but 5G connectivity won't be available until Friday, when its 5G device launches. 5G connectivity has rolled out in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Louisville, Kentucky; Oklahoma City,...

AT&T in US, Rogers and Fido in Canada, and Many Other Carriers Rolling Out eSIM Support on Latest iPhones

Wednesday December 5, 2018 12:42 pm PST by Joe Rossignol
Coinciding with today's release of iOS 12.1.1, additional carriers around the world are enabling eSIM support on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, allowing for dual-SIM functionality on those devices. According to Apple's website, the latest carriers supporting the eSIM feature include AT&T in the United States; Rogers and Fido in Canada; 3 in Denmark and Sweden; Orange in Poland...