Posts tagged AT&T
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.
In the way is this news section of technology. AT&T has once again been rated as the worst carrier of all carriers by Consumer Reports. To be honest we can not remember when AT&T was not ranked the lowest. It all stated with a product they were not ready to handle on their network. AT&T should say thank you for the boat loads of money and bad reputation. Verizon on the other hand was ready for what the iPhone could do to their network. The most expensive carrier by far is also the most reliable. Thus Consumer Reports has it as the highest-rated carrier. Verizon did well in voice and data service quality. Something that we did not see coming for any carrier is that Verizon also got great marks for its staff knowledge and how the staff resolved issues.
AT&T may have had the lowest rated score out of all carriers, however to be fair overall Sprint and T-Mobile were “middling to low marks” according Consumer Reports. Surprisingly as bad as AT&T is it was rated as having the best 4G LTE network. Clarification, LTE users on AT&T reported the least problems out of all the networks. Verizon still has the best coverage.
In case you missed it, Apple on has confirmed that it will begin taking preorders for the iPhone 5 at 12:01AM PDT. That is 3:01AM on the east coast. Verizon and Sprint will both have their respective preorders at that same time. AT&T has yet to confirm what time they would start but most likely it will be the same as the other two. Users can check upgrade eligibility on Apple’s website. Note that this check does not work if you have a business account.
Steve Jobs last gift to technology buffs may not be just a new iPhone or SmarTV. Apple’s next market maybe to take on carriers. So look out AT&T and Verizon Wireless. It makes perfect sense and something that Google has been working on for a while. Apple as a direct mobile service provider ensures that the network can not be to blame for shabby service. Apple has somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 million credit cards on file for iTunes users. That means they can just charge your iTunes account for the monthly phone bill.
Apple has a network architecture technology that will help it make the jump. They have had a patent-pending on the technology since 2006. If Apple does have a very large piggy bank to help with the subsidies carriers pay to keep iPhone pricing affordable. As much as I love the iPhone, I do not think I nor anyone else but the most die hard Apple Fanboy would pay upwards of $700 for a phone.
Would Apple bite the hand that feeds it? Apple has never been one to care about anything other than a good product. They don’t about their customers wants only what Apple thinks they need. So, I think Apple will do this just as soon as their patent gets approved.
AT&T has ended its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom. There was very strong opposition from the Department of Justice, Sprint and other companies which rightly said that such a merger would have a negative impact on the U.S. wireless market. The DOJ saw through the ads and smoke about the merger creating more jobs. AT&T will pay T-Mobile a $4 billion breakup fee as a result of its failed acquisition.
“Earlier today, AT&T terminated its definitive merger agreement with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA. This is the right decision for consumers, competition and innovation in the wireless industry.
“From the beginning, Sprint has stood with consumers who spoke loudly and clearly that AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile would create an undeniable duopoly that would have resulted in higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices for the American consumer.
“Sprint commends the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission and the bi-partisan group of state attorneys general who gave voice to the concerns of consumers across the country. We look forward to competing fiercely in the robust, competitive market that exists today and continuing to deliver the world class service and products that consumers have come to expect from Sprint.”
AT&T Press release:
Company Reaffirms Its Commitment to Mobile Broadband Leadership
DALLAS, Dec 19, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — AT&T Inc. said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.
The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.
“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Over the past four years we have invested more in our networks than any other U.S. company. As a result, today we deliver best-in-class mobile broadband speeds — connecting smartphones, tablets and emerging devices at a record pace — and we are well under way with our nationwide 4G LTE deployment.
“To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest,” Stephenson said. “However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.
“The mobile Internet is a dynamic industry that can be a critical driver in restoring American economic growth and job creation, but only if companies are allowed to react quickly to customer needs and market forces,” Stephenson said.
To reflect the break-up considerations due Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the 4th quarter of 2011. Additionally, AT&T will enter a mutually beneficial roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
Today AT&T and Deutsche Telekom announced they have mutually decided to terminate their agreement for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA. This announcement effectively ends the acquisition process launched March 20, including the regulatory approvals process with the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Additionally, with the termination of the agreement, T-Mobile will receive certain spectrum licenses and a 3G roaming agreement from AT&T, and AT&T will pay $3B to our parent company, Deutsche Telekom.
What does this mean for T-Mobile USA? Our Challenger Strategy continues as before, with energy and focus. We have seen early successes with our great 4G network, affordable unlimited rate plans and strong Android portfolio. We now have an exciting chance to build upon these and other strengths to bring our business to the next level of success and beyond. We have an opportunity to write our own future – making the latest mobile products and services affordable to more people. We call it “4G for All.” We’ll continue on this path through 4G network leadership, affordable smartphones, being a trusted brand, evolving as a multi-segment player, and executing our Challenger business model.
The leadership team and I will be meeting intensively in the next few weeks on our go-forward plans for the business, to identify and map out any and all options to further strengthen our strategy and prospects for the future.
I know you also want to know what this means in terms of retention bonuses and other details that impact you personally. I promise to make that information available to you in the coming days and weeks on OneVoice and through your leaders.
Most importantly, I want to thank you for the amazing effort and focus each of you put into the business over the last nine months following the acquisition announcement. You performed well under extraordinarily unusual circumstances. Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.
Let’s now go into the new year and show everyone we are, indeed, ready to be Challengers!
With sincere appreciation,
CEO & President
There is a bug that will let you unlock the iPhone 4S without jailbreaking it. The bug was discovered by Michael Capozzi. He unlocked his iPhone 4S to use it on T-Mobile. I tested it out and it does work. Keep in mind this is temporary. You will also have to cut the T-Mobile SIM card to micro-SIM card size for it to fit iPhone 4S’s SIM tray. MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev team states: “it’ll just relock again once a new TMSI is required various normal network operations require TMSI refresh. If you are successful at temporarily gaining network access, you’ll lose it as soon as TMSI is refreshed (happens often). The TMSI refresh is a normal, regular action on the network (it’s actually intended to protect you).” If you still want to try it here is the video and the steps to do it yourself.
Put in your original carrier AT&T SIM card
Dial 611 for AT&T customer service hotline.
End the call
Turn on Airplane Mode
Take out your AT&T SIM card
Put in your T-Mobile SIM card (It has to be cut to fit your iPhone 4S)
Turn off WiFi and make sure each one is set to Forget this Network.
Switch off Airplane Mode and iPhone will search for network. This is followed by the Apple splash screen appearing.
You will see an “activation required” on the screen
EDGE network will activate automatically
Give it 30 Seconds then turn off the phone
Turn on iPhone. You will see the same Activation Required screen as before
Click on Use Cellular Connection
Take out the T-Mobile SIM card
You will see the Activation Required again
Put back in your T-Mobile SIM card
- You now have a iPhone 4S that is unlocked
I’m not sure where these reports that AT&T is working with Apple to change the network indicator to “4G” from “3G” for iPhone 4S is coming from but thus far it has not happened. It is unlikely that Apple would call the iPhone 4S a 4G phone after the fact it has already been released.
There are some that say AT&T hasn’t waited for Apple to make to the indicator change. The report is that AT&T’s website already has the iPhone 4S is a 4G device. This can not be confirmed. When we visited the website to check the iPhone 4S was still listed as a 3G phone. A rep for AT&T said “AT&T considers the iPhone 4S as a “4G” device because of HSPA+ but its more 3.5G than actual 4G.
AT&T however is showing off the Apple iPhone 4S next to Impulse 4G, BlackBerry Torch 9810, Samsung Infuse 4G. We can see how that is misleading as those aforementioned phones are all 4G. To be fair iPhone 4S on AT&T is the only one in the states that supports the faster HSPA+ network. Verizon and Sprint both are using CDMA for the iPhone.
Senior Vice President at Apple Phil Schiller said; “Now, if you follow the phone industry, these numbers might sound familiar – 5.8 up, 14.4 down. Where have I heard that before? Well, this is what the majority of our competitors claim when they talk about 4G performance. The Motorola Atrix 4G, the LG Thrill 4G, the HTC Inspire 4G – they even put it in their names. We’re not going to get into a debate in the industry of what’s 4G and what isn’t. We leave that to others to talk about. What’s most important, when it comes to real-world performance – the iPhone 4S is just as fast as all these phones. In fact, we think with some of our software enhancements, it’s even faster in real-world use.”
If Apple does indeed give AT&T the go ahead for the change. This should anger Verizon to no end as they have a true for 4G network in LTE. Many carriers claim HSPA+ is a 4G network and market that way. So AT&T is not alone here but since they have e iPhone it is big news. The fact still remains calling the iPhone 4S a 4G device is very misleading.
I’m sure you have seen the new AT&T adds pulling on Americans heart strings professing that their billion dollar merger will bring jobs. They says it was not the intent but it will be a byproduct. In this age of high unemployment, it’s a great ad campaign. Too good it turns out. It has caught the attention of the chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
Mr. Rick Kaplan is asking AT&T to clarify how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved.
AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. Now it’s time to walk the talk with some facts. Hopefully these facts are not full of fuzzy math.
Best Buy is guaranteeing your handset will be available for pickup on Friday, October 14th. That is a bold statement for them to make but Best Buy is big enough to fill it. So if you haven’t yet preordered their iPhone 4S there is still hope short of waiting inline for one. They are also offering up to $300 for an iPhone 4 as part of its Phone Trade-In offer. That is a very good deal, considering the iPhone 4 is not that old.
iPhone 4S preorders began today on Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. All sites then crashed for a few hours. So someone people were not able to jump on the iphone fanboy line. Now that Best Buy is offering it that helps a lot of people. You can go to the store instead of siting and waiting for a delivery.
It is now confirmed that Sprint will keep it’s unlimited data plans. It will be the only iPhone with unlimited data. So those that purchase Apple’s iPhone 4S can get Sprint’s unlimited data plans, which start at $69.99 per month. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 now but pre-order for the iPhone 4S does not start until 12:01am on October 7th and delivered on October 14th. It has a dual-core Apple A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and the new Siri voice command system. Read on for the full press release from Sprint.
iPhone 4S will be available from Sprint starting at $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model. iPhone 4 will cost just $99.99 for the 8GB model and is available beginning today. These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.
With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers. The plans start at just $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge.
What comes with the plan?
- Anytime Minutes ($99 plan the rest of them start with different minutes)
- Anytime Unlimited calling
- Unlimited text
- Unlimited pictures
- Unlimited video messaging
- Unlimited data including email
- Unlimited Web browsing
- Unlimited GPS Navigation