AT&T Tries To Fight Off T-Mobile/Sprint Encroachment With $65 Data Plans For Individual Users

AT&T Tries To Fight Off T-Mobile/Sprint Encroachment With $65 Data Plans For Individual Users

After years of wasting time getting caught up in a staring contest with Verizon Wireless, AT&T is finally paying attention to the lower-priced competition that has been nipping at its heels. Over the weekend, the company took direct aim at T-Mobile and Sprint when it announced price drops in plans for accounts with only one or two devices. [More]

Thought Of Comcast Merger Scares AT&T Into Expanding Gigabit Fiber Service

Thought Of Comcast Merger Scares AT&T Into Expanding Gigabit Fiber Service

Dallas is AT&T’s home turf. It’s cable market is also dominated by Time Warner Cable. But the thought of that cable/Internet business being swallowed up by Comcast if its merger with TWC goes through was apparently enough to get AT&T to decide to roll out gigabit fiber service to the Texas town. [More]

AT&T Announces First Two Locations For Tests Of Internet-Based Landlines

AT&T Announces First Two Locations For Tests Of Internet-Based Landlines

In January, the FCC gave landline telecom providers the go-ahead to begin tests of Internet-based phone service intended to replace existing copper-line phone networks. Today, AT&T finally revealed the two locations in which it would like to kick off its testing. [More]

Netflix Also Talking Deals With AT&T, Verizon

Netflix Also Talking Deals With AT&T, Verizon

Following Sunday’s announcement that Netflix had agreed to start paying Comcast for a better, more direct connection to the cable company’s broadband network, both AT&T and Verizon said they are working on a similar deal with the streaming video service. [More]

Real Competition From Google Or Window-Dressing For FCC? Time Warner Cable Improves Speeds In Austin

Real Competition From Google Or Window-Dressing For FCC? Time Warner Cable Improves Speeds In Austin

Here are two facts: Google Fiber is coming to Austin, and Time Warner Cable is being bought by Comcast. The question is: Which one of these two facts is the cause for TWC’s significantly ramped-up service in the Texas capital? [More]

AT&T Received Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Orders For 35,000 Accounts In 6 Months

AT&T Received Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Orders For 35,000 Accounts In 6 Months

Weeks after the U.S. Attorney General issued guidance allowing tech and telecom companies to provide slightly more information about federal law enforcement requests, AT&T has issued its first accounting of these queries. And according to the data, the Death Star received national security letters dealing with up to 5,000 accounts in all of 2013, while court orders issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the first half of 2013 were tied to more than 35,000 accounts. [More]

Here are the new monthly data costs for the various Verizon Wireless tiers. These prices are in addition to the monthly phone/text charges associated with each device.

Verizon Raises Some Data Caps, Finally Gives $10/Month Discount For Early Upgrade Program

T-Mobile gave up on phone subsidies altogether last spring, and in December AT&T finally dipped its toe into those waters by offering discounts to people who own their phones or are part of its AT&T Next early upgrade program. Verizon, the wireless industry’s most expensive carrier, had refused to budge, but today showed the first signs that it might be open to change. [More]

T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

Last summer, T-Mobile sued Aio Wireless, a prepaid service subsidiary of AT&T for trademark infringement for daring to use a color that is somewhat similar to T-Mobile’s well-known pink logos. An actual judge who gets paid to rule on such things has decided that Aio would have to stop using the similar color. [More]

AT&T No Longer Paying For T-Mobile Customers To Switch Providers

AT&T No Longer Paying For T-Mobile Customers To Switch Providers

Remember way back in January, when AT&T announced it would pay T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch wireless carriers? Well, we hope those people who were interested in making that change weren’t taking too long to mull it over, as AT&T quietly pulled the plug on the promotion after only a few weeks. [More]

AT&T Patents System That Could Charge File-Sharers Extra For Data

AT&T Patents System That Could Charge File-Sharers Extra For Data

While the Six Strikes alert system, in which Internet service providers send a series of notices to suspected illegal file-sharers before finally penalizing their accounts, is primarily a way for ISPs to placate Hollywood studios and the recording industry, it doesn’t do much to aid the ISPs in their ongoing war against consumers who use huge amounts of data, and doesn’t deal with wireless file-sharing. That must be why AT&T has filed a patent application for a system that would prevent what it deems “bandwidth abuse” by charging supposed data hogs more money. [More]

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

DOJ’s Antitrust Chief: Decision To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Has Helped Consumers

Not so many years ago, the folks at AT&T were so confident they could acquire the little pink wireless company called T-Mobile that they bet billions of dollars in cash and spectrum that the deal would go through. Then both the FCC and the Justice Dept. said they would fight the merger and AT&T ultimately left T-Mobile stranded at the altar. The head of the DOJ’s Antitrust division says that what has happened since that failed marriage is evidence that regulators did the right thing. [More]

FCC OKs Tests That Would Replace Copper Landlines

FCC OKs Tests That Would Replace Copper Landlines

We told you earlier today that the FCC was scheduled to vote on whether or not to allow landline telephone service providers to initiate regional tests that would replace existing landline networks with Internet-based VoIP phone service. The Commission has met and agreed that it will permit regional tests to move forward. [More]

FCC To Consider Move Toward Ditching Existing Landline Networks

FCC To Consider Move Toward Ditching Existing Landline Networks

UPDATE: The FCC has met and voted unanimously to approve the tests. Telecoms now have until Feb. 20 to submit proposals and a final decision will be made in May. [More]

AT&T Unveils Yet Another Deal To Show It Loves Offering Credit To Customers

AT&T Unveils Yet Another Deal To Show It Loves Offering Credit To Customers

AT&T made another move in the ongoing chess game to determine which wireless provider can create the best, most enticing discounts and special offers. To continue what seems like an obvious battle between AT&T and T-Mobile, the larger provider has yet another deal for consumers – a $100 credit for adding new lines. [More]

T-Mobile Claims “AT&T Dismantles Death Star” In Mocking Press Release

T-Mobile Claims “AT&T Dismantles Death Star” In Mocking Press Release

Weeks after crashing AT&T’s big Las Vegas party at CES, T-Mobile CEO John Legere continues to poke the lion with a stick. This time, T-Mobile has issued a press release — complete with fake quotes from an actual AT&T exec — applauding the telecom giant for its decision to “leave the dark side, step into the light.” [More]

AT&T Letting Customers Out Of Contract If They Switch To AT&T Next

AT&T Letting Customers Out Of Contract If They Switch To AT&T Next

AT&T continues its push to move customers away from standard two-year plans (that include subsidized device prices) and toward plans where the customer owns pays full price for her phone, but gets a discount on her monthly data rate. Yesterday, the company announced that it would allow certain contract subscribers to ditch their contracts without penalty — if they switch over to the AT&T Next plan. [More]

Curious Which Mobile Phone Bills Are Highest? Survey Says: Verizon!

Curious Which Mobile Phone Bills Are Highest? Survey Says: Verizon!

Ever wonder how your phone bill stacks up against the average? Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re actually getting a decent deal, or if you’re being suckered into something ridiculous. Thanks to some newly published survey data, now you can see how your own bill compares to everyone else’s. [More]

T-Mobile CEO John Legere, right, with CNET's Roger Cheng at the AT&T CES event on Monday night.

AT&T Ejects Party-Crashing T-Mobile CEO

While some at T-Mobile might still have some emotional scars from its failed engagement to AT&T, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has no such connection, having joined the company in 2012, after federal regulators nixed the marriage. Since then, the leather-jacketed MIT grad has occasionally taken to picking on the Death Star and its stuffy reputation. The latest stunt involved crashing AT&T’s private party at CES on Monday. [More]