Pretty much everyone knew that AT&T buying DirecTV was a bad idea for net-neutrality. However regulators gave them the benefit of the doubt. So much for that. The FCC has tried to have the best interest of the American people in mind. In to that end they have been pushed net-neutrality hard. One of the key pillars of net neutrality is that all data should be treated equally. Some companies like T-Mobile have worked around it while still being fair to customers. Others like AT&T have blatantly said F*ck it. The newest indicator of that is the DirecTV Now plan. The $35 TV plan gives AT&T customers unlimited mobile streaming. No other service gets this perk. The FCC sent a letter letting AT&T know that it’s “zero rating” policy violates the principle of net neutrality. You might be wondering how is this different from T-Mobile’s “Binge On” policy? While T-Mobile does allow users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. T-Mobile makes the plan is free for content providers as long as that data is optimized for mobile streaming.
“We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day,” the FCC wrote.
AT&T is giving its subscribers back unlimited data plans! Wait, not so fast there buckaroo. AT&T is a monopoly there has to be some strings attached. AT&T announced that to get the unlimited data plans you have to be a new and existing subscriber. Which is normal but you will also have to also sign up for one of AT&T’s pay TV packages. So basically you have to get a package similar to Verizon’s Triple Play. Customers have to subscribe to DirecTV or AT&T U-Verse. The $100 a month plan is for one phone. Additional phones are $40 each. AT&T will also throttle your speeds during hours of network congestion if you’ve exceeded 22GB per month. So don’t get too excited power users.… Read the rest
How to Pre-order Apple’s new iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus
Sprint’s new iPhone 6s upgrade plan is the cheapest. You trade your smartphones and get a new iPhone 6s for just $15 per month.
Only a few hours left until the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus pre-order. How to get it is going to take some work. Are you going to get it online or the store? You can’t have the phone in your hands until September 25 but until then you’ll be able to pre-order it at 12:01 a.m. PT / 3:01 a.m. ET this Saturday, September 12. Here are all the ways you can place a reservation. You can pre-check your eligibility right on Apple’s company’s website. It then stores this information for pre-ordering time. Do you want the iPhone mailed to you or fight the crowd in the morning. The fastest way to order online is to use the The Apple Store app.
With the Apple Store App there is no stalling. I would avoid using the website. This is the best method because it is fast, easy to use and you can even use Apple Pay. Ironically you will be using your old iPhone to buy your new iPhone. If you don’t already have the app. You can download it now. However if you no choice but to use the website make sure you have the order page up and ready to go. You can review all the carrier financing options and Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Plan via the Apple website.… Read the rest
AT&T declared that beginning on January 25th, anybody who subscribes to an AT&T-Mobile Share Value strategy will not be unable to roll fresh data over into another month. The drawback here is the fact that you must make use of your data that is employed in a month or it disappears, whereas T-Mobile enables you to maintain your fresh data for as long as a year. The rollover data strategy will soon be added to all AT&T Mobile Share Value customers.
Rollover Data is an added benefit of being an AT&T Mobile Share Value customer and it’s just another way that we’re saying thanks to our more than 50 million plus Mobile Share Value subscribers. We’re providing even more value and flexibility, and the best part is it’s simple, shareable and easy to track for our customers. All Mobile Share Value customers get this automatically. ~Glenn Lurie, AT&T Mobility’s president and CEO
Freedom to Jailbreak you iPhone is on its way. Unlocking your in the states was not totally legal even though we all did it. Some jailbreak for new tweaks but many more jailbreak so they can move their devices to a new phone carrier. Before T-Mobile worked out a deal with Apple, jailbreaking was the only way to an iPhone on the service. Soon you wont have to worry about the long arm of the law stopping you from enjoying the device you paid for on another provider. The cellphone unlocking bill made it through the House. President Barack Obama is sure to sign it to law soon as it hits his desk. said he’s looking forward to signing it into law.
This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation restoring the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones. ~Bob Goodlatte House Judiciary Committee Chairman
The Library of Congress Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) gave phone owners an exemption to unlock their phones in 2006 but changed their minds in 2013. Right now if you want to unlock your phone you have to jump through some very serious hoops. Not to mention that unlocking a a phone without a carrier’s help could get you in trouble, and even jail, under current law. Last December, the major carriers and the FCC agreed to make life easier for phone subscribers to unlock their handsets.… Read the rest
Beats by Dre. Teams up with AT&T to take on Spotify like streaming services
Dr. Dre has been in music for years. He is one of the people who have helped make Hip Hop mainstream. He is a constant power to be reckoned with in the music world. He has taken what he learned in the music industry to the board room. The Beats by Dre. brand is instantly known and held up as the top headphones to own. Beats Electronics will soon launch its own streaming services to take on the likes of Spotify and Pandora. The service will be called Beats Music.
Beats Music will cost $20 a month. For that $20 you get just about 20 million songs from the major record labels and a “music experts” to help curate playlists. What is really cool is that Beats Music will also let you download songs to listen to offline. Beats Music will work with Apple’s iOS devices, Android and Microsoft Windows Phone devices. Beats worked out a deal with big blue to jump-start the service. AT&T customers can sign up for a monthly plan that costs $14.99 a month for unlimited streaming and downloads by up to five family members and across 10 devices. The Beats Music service starts on January 21.
Beats has almost as much celebrity endorsements as Nike does. It seems celebrities are not only willing but excited about the products that Beat offers. In the next few weeks you can expect an advertising blitz. Beats Music also bought an ad spot during the Super Bowl.… Read the rest
Sprint has a successful LTE launch year with 49 markets now live
Sprint seems to always come late to the party but when it does people notice. It first launched this past summer. Now Sprint LTE is live in 49 markets. That is a big jump in just over six months. They are still planning on several new launches for early 2013. Sprint says it plans to be in 150 new LTE launches in a months. We have no idea what the time line really is. Here is hoping that they cover the whole east coast by at least May. Sprint is the number 3 carrier in the USA. If it can get to 150 markets and keep the all you can eat pricing it has in place; that would help it fight rivals Verizon and AT&T.… Read the rest