Archive for: AT&T

Verizon CEO To Government: “Not Allowing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Hurt U.S. Wireless Customers.”

  • September 22, 2011 8:38 am

If you thought Verizon’s stance would mirror Sprint/Nextel in opposing the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, you’re in for a world of surprise. During an investor conference on Wednesday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam stated that the government needs to allow the merger to allow the cellular industry to keep pace with the customer demand.

“We need to be very thoughtful on what the impacts would be to the overall industry if this is a way to regulate the industry without actually passing regulation.”

“I have taken the position that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was kind of like gravity. It had to occur, because you had a company with a T-Mobile that had the spectrum but didn’t have the capital to build it out. AT&T needed the spectrum, they didn’t have it in order to take care of their customers, and so that match had to occur.”

The statement is somewhat surprising considering AT&T would leapfrog Verizon in total customer base by many tens of millions. So why are they supportive of the merger?

AT&T Galaxy S II Launching October 2nd For $199.

  • September 21, 2011 12:26 pm

iPhone 5. Psh. Over rated. Nexus Prime. No thanks. Galaxy S II. Now we’re talkin’. While Samsung’s Galaxy S II is many months late to the U.S. market, the excitement over it’s launch is still chugging along. Sprint and T-Mobile just unveiled their own self-branded Galaxy S II devices a few days back. Today it is AT&T’s turn.

Come October 2nd you will be able to pick up your very own HSPA+ supporting, AT&T logo-sporting Galaxy S II. Specs are actually a bit different from Sprint ant T-Mobile: 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display (480 x 800), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel (rear) camera, and just about everything else a high-end Android device should ship with these days (except LTE).

While the GSII looks impressive on paper and is certainly a sight to behold, at this point in the year we’re firmly against any big handset purchases, especially considering that the iPhone 5 and Nexus Prime are due out within the next 1-2 months. If only this phone would have been released back in the Spring…

AT&T Outs Global Messaging 200 And 500 Texting Plans For Globe Trotters.

  • September 20, 2011 1:51 pm

Globe trotters who want to admit to calling AT&T the carrier of choice — Alright, we’ll admit it too… — looking to phone home via SMS can now do so a bit more affordably. AT&T just launched two new global messaging plans
allotment and pricing:

  • Global Messaging 200: 200 messages for $30/month
  • Global Messaging 500: 500 messages for $50/month

Even if you factor in the 100+ countries covered under said plans as well as the backend deals that must be made to allow messages across networks and physical boundaries, the pricing is ridiculous considering the meager amount of messages you’re allowed. Your best bet is to unlock your phone and swap in a local pre-paid SIM card as needed. But if you’re in a pinch even the above plans are better than pay-per-use rates of $0.50 and $1.30 for each text/picture message.


Motorola Atrix 2 Spyshots Leak.

  • September 20, 2011 1:36 pm

Feast your eyes on the Motorola Atrix 2 (Edison, internally). Specs aren’t yet confirmed but we’d half hazard a guess and say at least a 1.2 GHz dual-core will ship with the device. On top of that BGR has confirmed an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD support and Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. What won’t be coming to the Atrix 2 — LTE. Of course, AT&T’s LTE network isn’t exactly widely available so the lack of LTE support shouldn’t be too much of a problem (at least for now).

Applaud or yawn?

Another Kick In The Teeth: Cellular South Files Lawsuit Against AT&T To Block Merger.

  • September 19, 2011 6:58 pm

AT&T just isn’t getting any love. First it was he DoJ. And then Sprint. Then the real hurt began with the states of California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington recently joining the fray. Unfortunately AT&T’s uphill battle continues to get worst as Cellular South has just filed their own lawsuit against AT&T. As the other parties have already stated in their own respective filings, Cellular South beats the same drum:

“If AT&T were to complete this deal, not only would it substantially lessen competition, but it would essentially consolidate the market into the hands of the ‘Big Two’ – AT&T and Verizon. Today’s filing is another step in Cellular South’s unwavering effort to pursue the best interests of competition, wireless consumers, and our nation’s economy.

With mounting pressure from the private, public, and federal levels combined, how could anyone approve the merger?

But don’t count AT&T out just yet. The carrier has already promised to do “whatever it takes” to get the DoJ’s blessings up to and including selling off assets in markets lacking competition.

Stay tuned. This battle is far form over…

How Are Your AT&T LTE Speeds Today?

  • September 19, 2011 11:23 am

Attention residents of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio: How are your LTE speeds?

AT&T just launched LTE not more than 24 hours ago in the aforementioned cities. And even though AT&T’s rollout will be a lot slower moving than rival Verizon Wireless, the fact that we now have a second, major national carrier getting aboard the LTE craze is a big plus.

If you’re looking for some decent LTE coverage other than VZW, MetroPCS is your best bet.

iPhone 4S Pops Up In AT&T Inventory. [Screenshot]

  • September 17, 2011 10:29 pm

Well lookie there — the elusive iPhone 4S has just popped up in AT&T’s inventory system. Unfortunately we’re not so sure it’s real or not. The lower case “s” doesn’t line up with previous naming schemes as seen with the iPhone “3G” and iPhone “3GS” a few lines above. Nonetheless, at this point we just want something “concrete” to go by. Whataya think: real or fake?