April 22, 2014 |
I know I should be happy about AT&T's announcement Monday that it might bring significantly faster broadband service to Los Angeles. After all, gigabit speeds are likely to open the door to whole new cloud-based services and other innovations. And if AT&T pushes its U-verse fiber optics closer to homes , that will raise the pressure on Time Warner Cable (soon to be Comcast?) to offer higher speeds as well. Nevertheless, as a U-verse customer, I'm still steamed about AT&T raising its monthly service charge twice since the beginning of last year, with no appreciable improvement in the quality of the video streams.
April 21, 2014 |
Move over, Google Fiber: AT&T has begun discussions to bring its ultra-fast U-Verse GigaPower Internet service to 21 cities across the U.S., the company said Monday. AT&T and Google are racing to roll out Internet service with speeds of up to 1 gigabit a second, a bandwidth that can easily handle today's high-definition video and audio. AT&T plans to roll out U-Verse GigaPower to more markets more quickly than Google can. The Internet search giant is operating its fiber service in three cities and plans to expand to 10 more.
March 20, 2014 |
AT&T has announced it will begin taking pre-orders for Samsung's latest mobile devices -- the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit -- starting Friday. The Texas carrier said it will sell the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Users can also purchase the device through the AT&T Next plan and pay $25 per month over 26 months or $32.50 per month over 20 months. The device can also be purchased off contract for $649.99. AT&T said pre-orders can be made online and at retail stores.
March 10, 2014 |
Old rivals AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting again to the benefit of their customers. Dallas-based AT&T over the weekend announced that it will offer customers its 2-gigabyte Mobile Share Value data plan for $15 less than it previously did. At that price, a customer with a single smartphone line can get unlimited talk and text along with the 2 GB of data for $65 per month. We're continuing the trend of offering more value to our new and existing customers," said David Christopher, AT&T Mobility chief marketing officer, in a statement.
March 3, 2014 |
There are a lot of really unfriendly consumer contracts out there. But the absurdly worded terms and conditions for AT&T Mobile Insurance, the company's coverage for wireless devices, take corporate meanness to a whole new level. Marianna Yarovskaya thought she was being smart when she recently purchased AT&T's insurance to safeguard the new iPhone 5S she bought before an overseas trip. "With AT&T Mobile Insurance," the company's website says, "you can protect your investment and get a replacement device quickly to keep you connected.
February 14, 2014 |
Best Buy and AT&T have rolled out large discounts on the Galaxy Gear, leading some to believe that Samsung may unveil a new version of its smartwatch later this month. The lime green, gold, orange and beige versions of the Galaxy Gear are off 50% at Best Buy on Friday only. The discount brings the price of those Galaxy Gear versions down to $149.99. Other versions of the Galaxy Gear are also on sale with $50 off at Best Buy. At AT&T, customers who have purchased a Galaxy Gear-compatible Samsung device -- such as a Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy S4 -- from the carrier can get $100 off the Galaxy Gear, bringing its price down to $199.