News tagged: AT&T Wireless Broadband
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.
"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.
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. story continues..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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