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.
February 3, 2014 |
AT&T announced big savings on family plans over the weekend, the latest wireless company to slash prices amid a brutal carrier war. The No. 2 carrier said a family of four could now get unlimited talk and text and share 10 gigabytes of data for $160 a month. Each additional line is $15 more; so for example, a family of three would pay $145 a month and a family of five would pay $175 a month. For current customers, the household savings amount to $40 to $100 a month, depending on their existing plan.
January 29, 2014 |
AT&T is continuing its fight with T-Mobile by offering new and existing users $100 credit for every new line they add to their service. The Texas-based carrier announced the promotion Wednesday, saying it is a way to reward existing users and entice new ones. The $100 credit applies for every new smartphone, tablet, feature phone, mobile hotspot or wireless home line users add to their AT&T wireless service. The promotion runs through March. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 To receive the credit, users must keep the services and be in good standing for 45 days.
January 23, 2014 |
Marty Tudor's 19-year-old daughter has just left for a semester of study in the Netherlands, which is very cool. What's not cool is that AT&T told Tudor it wouldn't unlock her iPhone 5 so she could use it with a local service while abroad, even though he was fully willing to keep making monthly payments on her U.S. plan. "It's maddening," he told me. "I'm not proposing anything that would reduce their business in any way, shape or form. But they just didn't want to even discuss it. " At first glance, this seems like one of those classic cases in which a customer's needs weren't covered by a business' corporate playbook, so the knee-jerk reaction was to say no. But AT&T actually does have a plan for students heading abroad, so this is also a classic case of a service rep with no clue about the company he's repping, which is perhaps even worse than just-say-no corporate intransigence.
January 17, 2014 |
T-Mobile this week announced it would hold a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, just one week after the company's chief executive was thrown out of the hip-hop duo's concert in Las Vegas that was put on by AT&T. The two wireless carriers have been at each others' throats the last few weeks, and T-Mobile's upcoming concert seems to be the latest shot in its fight with AT&T. The concert will be held Jan. 23 in Los Angeles at the Belasco Theatre. T-mobile and AT&T recently escalated their rivalry by announcing new strategies to poach customers from each other.
January 9, 2014 |
AT&T has come up with a new way to make money off Netflix, Google and other companies that stream content onto mobile devices: Have them pay for subscribers' wireless access. Think of it as a toll-free 800 number for streaming audio and video. The telecom giant's so-called Sponsored Data program is intended to make wireless users less squeamish about accessing data-heavy services that can quickly chew up their minutes under many plans. Here's the thing: If other wireless providers follow suit - and they probably will - it will give an advantage to big content companies that can subsidize people's listening and viewing.