There were some reports in the last few weeks that indicated that when Amazon released their Fire Phone, they would embrace AT&T’s Sponsored Data program, which lets developers and brands pay to deliver content to consumer smartphones outside their data caps. Thankfully, Amazon did not do such a thing but they are open to the idea in the future.
John Legere got a bit too wordy at the Uncarrier 5 and 6 event. As customers, we love it, but not everyone walked away with a laugh. This is why Legere has decided to apologize.
AT&T is therefore offering those customers one year of free credit monitoring to help with any identity theft issues. The letter by AT&T was posted by the California’s Office of the Attorney General.
AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for Amazon’s new smartphone. The phone is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday in Seattle.
AT&T is now confirming that a data breach occured between April 9 and April 21. AT&T will not confirm how many customers were affected but did say that those who were received emails alerting them. The breach involved a third-party contractor who ‘violated security protocols and accessed customer data.”
Last year, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had struck an agreement with forty-five states to stop billing for these very same Premium SMS services (or as he put it “scam artists”). Premium SMS services have been around for years and have almost always been a source of fraud. Carriers did not do anything about the fraud for years because they received a cut of the profit, often as high as 40%.
Growadesign Recently, Motherboard wrote a fantastic piece on Internet Service Providers fighting back against cities who want to wire themselves due to a lack of satisfaction with current broadband speeds. Included in the piece are stories about Comcast agreeing to wire the Washington DC government in exchange for a monopoly on the DC area (including residential areas that Comcast wouldn’t wire) and San Francisco wiring the city schools, police and government buildings yet are not ranked in the top 100 for municipalities in the country due to other parts of the city lack substantive broadband speeds. Thankfully, Google Fiber has brought attention…
Yet, back in 2012, AT&T blocked Apple’s Facetime over cellular connections unless users signed up for one of their shared data plans. In May of 2013, AT&T blocked Google Hangouts over cellular connections barring a shared data plan. The same goes for Skype.
Last night, the air conditioning went out during Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. T-Mobile CEO John Legere reacted by blaming AT&T. Wait, what? Well, the game was being played at San Antonio’s AT&T Center.
A report issued by Openwave Mobility found that 1 in 3 British consumers who want to watch the upcoming World Cup on a mobile device will not do so due to poor mobile video quality and fears of ‘bill shock’ from their wireless providers. The results of another report issued in May by Censuswide had similar findings with mobile users across England, Spain and Germany.