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News tagged: AT&T Wireless Broadband


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by Karl Bode 04:14PM Wednesday Jul 31 2013
Late last year T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T launched Isis, their NFC-based mobile payment platform that turns your smartphone into a debit card. Isis has seen mixed reviews, with many of the vendors supposedly participating in the limited trial never having heard of the service. That should change shortly with the news today that AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile plan to take Isis nationwide sometime later this year.

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"Over the past nine months, we have proven the power of an open platform, creating an ecosystem of literally hundreds of partners dedicated to making mobile commerce a reality," said Isis CEO Michael Abbott in a press statement. "As part of our commitment to consumers, we are incorporating feedback from our pilots into the next generation of the Isis Mobile Wallet as we prepare for national availability later this year."

As with all mobile payment platforms security is a concern, though there's an added layer of worry given both AT&T and Verizon's long and proud history of handing over any and all consumer data to the government without so much as batting an eyelid. Recent NSA revelations could dull consumer enthusiasm for allowing Verizon and AT&T even broader access to their personal data.

Meanwhile it should be interesting to see if the launch of Isis finally gets Verizon to back off their block of Google Wallet on the Verizon Wireless network. Verizon has bandied around some feeble, faux technical justifications for banning the Isis competitor on their network, though the ban and said feeble justifications will likely magically evaporate sometime next year once Isis has a good leg up among Verizon Wireless subscribers.

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by Karl Bode 12:22PM Tuesday Dec 04 2012
See update at bottom of post. AT&T has removed tools and functionality for some grandfathered unlimited data wireless users that allowed them to track and monitor their data consumption.
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by Karl Bode 10:24AM Thursday Jan 19 2012
AT&T ditched unlimited data pricing for the iPhone in June of last year, eliminating their $30 unlimited data tier and giving new users the option of either a 200MB $15 plan or a $25 2 GB plan (with $10 per gigabyte overage fees). Now the company is informing users that they're raising these caps ever so slightly -- but they're also raising the price of wireless data.
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by Karl Bode 03:25PM Thursday Nov 24 2011
Hoping that the tryptophan roar of the Thanksgiving holiday would take the public relations sting out of the move, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom this morning announced that AT&T would be withdrawing their application at the FCC to acquire T-Mobile. The move comes after the FCC this week announced they'd be holding a hearing on the merger, placing another deal hurdle in AT&T's already troubled path.
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by Karl Bode 09:43AM Thursday Aug 18 2011
According to new data from Validas, Sprint customers consume the most data, eating an average of 778 MB per month and a median of 371 MB a month. That's not particularly surprising, given that Sprint (for now) has made unlimited use the center of an ad campaign intended to differentiate the company.
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by Karl Bode 05:06PM Friday Feb 04 2011
As we noted yesterday, Verizon Wireless is preparing a new throttling system just as the Verizon iPhone hits their network. The system as described in this Verizon document (pdf) so far is painfully vague, simply saying some customers may find their service throttled -- but not specifying how much consumption triggers the throttling, how long the user will be throttled for, and at what speed they'll suddenly find their connection reduced to.
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by Karl Bode 03:21PM Thursday Feb 03 2011
The latest report from J.D. Power and Associates on wireless customer care performance once again ranks T-Mobile as the best carrier when it comes to customer support.
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by Karl Bode 04:26PM Wednesday Feb 02 2011
AT&T today officially announced that users can now use select phones as hotspots -- if they pay AT&T an additional $20 a month. The company has also shifted their mobile data pricing accordingly, offering more data for those who pony up the cash for AT&T Mobile Hotspot.
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by Karl Bode 01:31PM Friday Oct 29 2010
Buried in what occasionally reads like a love letter to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Fortune is the latest to proclaim that the iPhone is headed for Verizon, despite Seidenberg himself all but shooting down the possibility last month. That so many Americans covet Verizon iPhones "is partly a testament to the efforts of Ivan ­Seidenberg," insists Fortune -- though in really it's mostly a "testament" to AT&T's inability to complete phone calls in the New York and San Francisco markets.
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by Karl Bode 09:45AM Wednesday Jul 28 2010
According to a coming study by wireless billing Vendor Validas, Verizon Wireless smartphone users officially use more data than iPhone users on the AT&T network. According to Validas, the average monthly wireless data consumption for Verizon Wireless Smartphones is 421 megabytes per month, versus 338 megabytes per month for iPhones.
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by Karl Bode 08:20AM Thursday Jun 17 2010
As we've discussed, AT&T's "Microcell" service essentially acts as a miniature cell tower in a user's home -- routing cell calls over the user's broadband. While the service is somewhat useful for users with horrible indoor AT&T cell reception, the device is of dubious worth to most users.
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by Karl Bode 06:33PM Thursday Dec 10 2009
AT&T executive comments yesterday that the carrier might be ditching the current "all you can eat" $30 iPhone data plan for usage-based pricing didn't go over very well with either the company's users or the press. Many felt AT&T was blaming its customers for the company's inability to adequate meet iPhone bandwidth demand.
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by Karl Bode 02:59PM Friday Sep 25 2009
As noted earlier this week, this a big day for AT&T, and everybody involved in finally bringing MMS functionality to the iPhone is worried about the strain today's launch will have on the network. Insiders involved in the launch tell Broadband Reports AT&T expects usage to surge on their network today to the tune of 40%, as users tinker with the new functionality.
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