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How to use Skype and other VoIP services over AT&T 3G [Suckers!]

Friday, May 1, 2009 6:47
Posted in category AT&T, iPhone

So are you tired of being jerked around by AT&T and paying for a service that continually gets restricted? Even though AT&T as well as several other cellular carriers around the world have blocked VoIP apps from their networks, a certain app exists in the jailbreaking world that will open up your iPhone to not just Skype, but any VoIP app that you can get your hands on! First off, you have to be kosher enough with jailbreaking (if you really want to tap the iPhones full potential, you will), after jailbreaking, head to Cydia and download and install the app “VoIPOver3G”. After the silent install, no icon or visible marker is noticeable. It simply works. After installed all of your VoIP apps will now “just work” over 3G. Sweet! If you are a big VoIP user, this is definitely something you want to take a look at. You won’t be sorry. Oh and by the way…VoIP sounds fantastic over even AT&T’s network! (Of course, performance will vary depending on locaiton)

Source: Into Mobile, Image Source

Palm Eos: webOS debut on AT&T?

Thursday, April 30, 2009 13:02
Posted in category AT&T, Palm, Smartphones

While the Pre has been the talk of the town concerning Sprint and Palm, a new beast has come forth to take the spotlight, the Palm Eos, or more secretly known (castle). The phone physically will be thin…10.6mm thin. And with a 320 x 400 capacitive display, I’m sure multimedia capabilities will at least be a small part of the Eos’s future. As with all good bleeding edge leaks, the info should be taken with several grains of salt and put in the nice little rumor bin that you have sitting in the corner of your mind for the time being. While you sit on that rumor, here are the specs that have been leaked so far:

Quad-band GSM/HSDPA

2 megapixel digital camera w/flash/fixed focus/and video record capabilities

4GB onboard storage

2.63-inch, 320 x 400 capacitive display (finger friendly)

Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP & EDR, USB not forgetting A-GPS

SMS, MMS, IM

Media net

Cellular Video

Email support for: POP3, IMAP4, and EAS support

For Audio: WAV, MP3, AAC, AAC+ ringtones/Video: MPEG4, H.264, H.263

Removable 1150 mAh battery with up to 4 hours of 3G talk time.

Size: 55mm x 111mm / 100 grams. (rougly 2.1 by 4.3-inches for standard measurement users)

Whew! So, was the Pre not doing it for ya? What about this? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Source: Engadget

AT&T resorts to “spamming” your Blackberry homescreen with unwanted crap/bloatware

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 16:30

Besides having one of the less then super Customer Service ratings as well as a beyond crappy tiered broadband planned roll out, add spammer to AT&T’s list of not so great business tactics.  Spamming you say?  Would you prefer “bloatware”, a term typically used to describe the extreme excess amount of useless trial apps that litter many new PC’s?  Either way it isn’t good.  Generally to make a few extra dollars, wireless carriers will sign deals with certain developers or mobile software companies by featuring their apps on devices such as Blackberries.  The only problem with this is that the added “service” comes as a distraction and annoyance to many customers.

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AT&T doubling network speeds to 7.2Mbps - Great…do you have a signal?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:09
Posted in category AT&T, Cellular Technologies

Carriers in the U.S. have long had a fascination with advertising themselves as the fastest, biggest, or most reliable network.  Really who could blame them?  It is a PR move meant to attract as many customers as humanly possible.  In the age of increasing smartphone use, more and more people are in tune to and concerned with how fast the network is as it will allow their mobile web browsing to be much more fluid and desktop like.  Sure faster speeds are always a big plus, but what if you can’t even get a reliable signal let alone any signal at all?  What good is all of that speed?

 

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AT&T forging ahead with capped/tiered broadband plans [Bait and Switch]

Monday, April 20, 2009 13:11

The next time you are shopping around for home broadband service, be weary of a certain little company called AT&T. They have a track record for not being quite too consumer friendly in regards to business policies and CS support. The latest rage in the technological world is the disappointing switch to tiered and capped broadband plans. Instead of a one size fits all type of model, many are charging based on what you download. Sounds great on the surface right? However, low caps and high fees mean this new business model is designed solely around lining the providers’ pockets with more of your hard earned cash.

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Verizon chief has a case of fat head…loves himself and Verizon

Thursday, April 16, 2009 17:16

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Nothing like a little sibling rivalry huh?  Todays playground scuffel is brought to you by Verizon’s head honcho, Ivan Seidenberg.  Ivan had some pretty loose lips very recently in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he tried his hardest to tackle every subject under the sun.  In typical company leader fashion, he talks up his company and makes everyone else look as if they are retarded, don’t know how to run a business, and will all one day answer to him.  We all know this isn’t true, however poor Ivan doesn’t.  So what exactly does his ego filled interview entitle.  Quick preview: Vodafone.  Sprint.  iPhone.  For the rest of the goods click that little more link below.

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[Unconfirmed] Sling Player for iPhone rejected per AT&T?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 19:40

Now I normally don’t like to post stuff as assumed fact when there is some room for change.  However this needs to be known.  According to a BG tipster, Sling Player for iPhone was denied today and sent back to the land of apps that almost were…*supposedly*.  Sling PR has been contacted so far hasn’t responded.  So for now we will speculate.  And don’t jump down Apple’s throats too fast.  While they have been the center of some pretty stupid rejection problems before, this time it wasn’t them.  How do we know?  Sling met every requirement Apple has so far set forth.  It appears that if this is in fact true, AT&T stepped in and requested it be denied due to worries of excessive bandwidth usage.  (Really AT&T, this is getting old, upgrade your POS network so the users can actually use what we pay for!!!!)  BG points out a very good point stating that any other devices have been using Sling Player on AT&T just fine for a while now (such as Blackberry).  I can see the difference though.  Apple is in AT&T’s pocket.  When you get the Sling Player app for other devices there isn’t a centralized app store (Blackberry now excluded), so people can freely go find Sling Player and install it at their own will whereas Apple has to directly answer to AT&T.  That’s ok…another reason to Jailbreak!  Once I know for sure I will update.

 

Source: Boy Genius

Skype hates jailbreakers/freedom of choice

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 8:05
Posted in category AT&T, Tech Politics, iPhone

There are many times in life that we are faced with choices.  Choices to enhance our lives for the better.  In terms of jailbreaking, not only does it make us, the human being happier, it makes our iPhones more useful and the devices that Apple should have created from the start.  We already know that Apple considers jailbreaking illegal (stupid), but what about Skype’s point of view?  Well according to iClarified, a user in Switzerland was met with a very unsettling alert upon firing up Skype 1.0.2 on his jailbroken iPhone (left).  Not only did Skype and AT&T lock out VoIP over AT&T’s crappy 3G network, but they also rendered it useless on many jailbroken iPhones.  **Not all jailbroken phones are seeing this message.**  Wow, I used to like Skype for its “liberating” service that it provided - not anymore now that I know they are in bed with Apple and AT&T.  That move is enough to make me never use Skype again. (In reality I don’t use it that often, however that “often” will now become a “never”).  How do you feel about this destruction of freedom and choice?  If you’re paying for a service, that is your service.  Like always, speak with your wallets!

 

Source: 9to5Mac, iClarified

Skype hates jailbreaking/freedom of choice…

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:06
Posted in category AT&T, Tech Politics, iPhone

There are many times in life that we are faced with choices. Choices to enhance our lives for the better. In terms of jailbreaking, not only does it make us, the human being happier, it makes our iPhones more useful and the devices that Apple should have created from the start. We already know that Apple considers jailbreaking illegal (stupid), but what about Skype’s point of view? Well according to iClarified, a user in Switzerland was met with a very unsettling alert upon firing up Skype 1.0.2 on his jailbroken iPhone (left). Not only did Skype and AT&T lock out VoIP over AT&T’s crappy 3G network, but they also rendered it useless on jailbroken iPhones. Wow, I used to like Skype for its “liberating” service that it provided - not anymore now that I know they are in bed with Apple and AT&T. That move is enough to make me never use Skype again. (In reality I don’t use it that often, however that “often” will now become a “never”). How do you feel about this destruction of freedom and choice? If you’re paying for a service, that is your service. Like always, speak with your wallets!

Source: 9to5Mac, iClarified

AT&T: “The internet is for words” — so says their new wireless ToS.

Friday, April 3, 2009 12:02
Posted in category AT&T, Tech Politics, internet

*Update* Apparently there are a few people at AT&T who do care….  According to Engadget, AT&T has backtracked on their new anti-video ToS and gone back to an earlier one that isn’t so anti-everything.  It is still unknown however if any of the on again off again restrictions will return.

The crackdown on internet traffic by way of usage caps and overage charges on “unlimited” plans is really getting stupid.  The latest kick in the pants of the consumer comes by none other then our favorite Death Star look alike…AT&T.  So what have they done now?  Well, seems as if they only want you to use their wireless network for looking at words and the occasional picture.  Don’t go over board with the pictures though, that 5GB on your limited “unlimited” plan comes up quick.  Here are the claimed “illegal” actions on AT&T’s delicate network:

downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, customer initiated redirection of television or other video or audio signals via any technology from a fixed location to a mobile device, web broadcasting, and… any applications that tether the device… to Personal Computers or other equipment

So I hope you like reading becasue that’s about all you can do with your overpriced and unlimited AT&T wireless internet plan.  Now are they actively  monitoring the network in order to start a massive kick off and blacklist of apps and offenders?  I surely hope not, but I wouldn’t put it past them.  Sound off inside.  Are you getting sick and tired of paying more and more for increasingly less service and freedoms with your service?

Source: Engadget, Giga Om

AT&T: “Have a refurbished Bold on us”

Friday, March 27, 2009 10:32
Posted in category AT&T, Blackberry, RIM

In what is a rare showing of kindness and thoughtfulness for their users on AT&T’s part, a sweet little online deal has popped up today.  If you don’t mind shopping online and risking your identy or the risk of picking up a refurbished phone, AT&T has something right up your alley.  Normally priced at $299, with refurbs going for $199, the Bold is available only online and today only for the price of FREE.99.  That’s “Free” for those of you who didn’t understand that cute yet pathetic play on words. You can walk away *figuratively* with a nice *almost new* Blackberry Bold.  Of course, you’ll have to give away your cellular soul to AT&T for two years, but hey, if you reading this and visit sites such as this, I’m sure you soul has been pretty battered by now.  Remember…TODAY ONLY…hit up AT&T’s site and buy it now!

Source: Boy Genius

Free AT&T “Mobile to Mobile” minutes have to be “activated”

Monday, March 23, 2009 19:45
Posted in category AT&T

In what is most definitely a case of AT&T being cheap and screwing the customer *they’re good at that*, a customer by the name of Jeff had changed his calling plan only to realize on his monthly bill that after changing plans calls placed that were considered “mobile-to-mobile” and nights and weekends were being debited from his monthly allotment.  Calling foul he contacted AT&T and was told by a rep that because he changed his plan he had to specifically ask for these “features” to be turned back on.  Bull S***.  It’s AT&T’s way of trying to pull a fast one on their customers and sadly they are getting away with it I’m sure with many.  So the next time you get your AT&T bill double check everything and make sure nothing shady is going on.  You’ve been warned!

 

Source: Consumerist

AT&T higher up lets his loose lips flap…details some next gen iPhone details.

Monday, March 23, 2009 12:23
Posted in category AT&T, iPhone

If the last two springs and summers have been any indication, we should come to expect the summer as “Apple Season” as that is when then last two biggest product launches have occured…(iPhone and iPhone 3G).  This summer doesn’t appear to be any different if a high ranking AT&T employee claims.  The claims include: a new iPhone announcement mid-June, new iPhone will be faster with a “more seamless experience”, U-Verse iPhone application, a much more “unified” experience between many technologies, and *maybe* 7.2Mbps HSDPA.  The source also claims that we should expect a “very exciting summer”.  Let the rumor mills kick into high gear as this summer will build upon the previous two (seems impossible) and drive even more Apple/iPhone hysteria.

 

Source: Boy Genius

Verizon losing their lead in JD Power call quality.

Thursday, March 19, 2009 6:33
Posted in category AT&T, Carriers, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

Big Red users…Verizon while still the American giant of years past isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, however their call quality is.  According to the latest JD Power reports, Verizon gained an entire 1% in the “calls dropped” category.  Hardly a big loss, but something that shows maybe the tide is changing.  In a surprising turn of events, AT&T and Sprint have actually had the amount of complaints regarding call quality and connection problems drop.  I guess they haven’t tested AT&T here in Indiana.  All small talk aside, Verizon still leads overall in JD Power’s list so the other carriers still have some work that needs to be done.  Take a minute to tell us what region you live in, carrier, and so far how you like/dislike them below.

Source: Mobile Burn

AT&T roadmap of the near future reveals many digital goods!

Friday, March 13, 2009 13:49
Posted in category AT&T

AT&T users have reason to crack open a cold one and celebrate this afternoon as news of near up and coming handsets has been revealed.  What handsets you ask?

  • June 9th…Sony Ericsson C905
  • May 9th…”Mystery Samsung “BJ 2″…Blackjack variant?
  • May 9th…LG Neon
  • April 9th…LG Xenon
  • March 26th…Samsung Impression: a slider based phone featuring a 3 megapixel camera
  • March 24th…Nokia Piranha: Being called a “thin smartphone with a touchscreen”.  However it is believed that this “Piranha” is actually the Nokia E71 which is still a pretty impressive little beast from our friends over seas.
  • March 19th…Samsung Propel Pro

As you can see a pretty well rounded set leading up to the warmmer summer months.  So is anyone going to jump on these latest and mostly greatest devices from the almighty death star?

Source: Boy Genius