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AT&T’s new monthly stealth fee has some crying foul

AT&T’s new monthly stealth fee has some crying foul

AT&T has imposed a new "stealth fee" that, starting with this month, will tack an extra 61 cents on their monthly bills. While the amount is small, the principle behind it has many - both customers and non-customers alike - crying foul. The carrier says the new fee is a monthly administrative charge, and says that other carriers have done the same. Though it is a small amount, the company is slated to make millions from it.

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AT&T video chat goes unlimited for all by 2014

AT&T video chat goes unlimited for all by 2014

This past week we noticed a bit of an oddity in how AT&T handled the video chat element in Google's new "Google+ Hangouts" app on cellular data: in effect, it didn't work. Asking AT&T about the situation, it was discovered that they had a policy in place for pre-loaded apps working with video chat, making it clear that it's the OS makers (Google and Apple) and the device makers (Samsung, BlackBerry, LG, HTC, Apple), that were responsible for enabling pre-loaded apps to be able to work with cellular data for video chat. Today, AT&T makes it clear that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry will be making a big change by June for all their pre-loaded apps.

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Google+ Hangouts video chat faces FaceTime-like AT&T block [UPDATE]

Google+ Hangouts video chat faces FaceTime-like AT&T block [UPDATE]

Just minutes after Google+ Hangouts cross-platform and cross-device chat system was revealed as completely without extra charge for video chat, AT&T's limits have appeared. Though the announcement during the one Google I/O 2013 keynote, this chat system was shown as Google's one single chat system - and a replacement for Google Talk. In a situation that's strikingly similar to what Apple's FaceTime system faced back when it was first introduced for video chat on the iPhone, so too does AT&T keep the reigns tied tight.

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GALAXY S 4 Google Edition made real with Vanilla Android

GALAXY S 4 Google Edition made real with Vanilla Android

This week Hugo Barra spoke up at Google I/O 2013 on the devices that make Android a unique and powerful system, including the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This introduction moved quickly to a Google Edition of the Samsung GALAXY S 4. This version of the device will be working on AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE with a 16GB internal storage and a vanilla flavoring of Android. This will be sold through the Google Play and will receive updates straight from the company.

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Three major carriers join “It Can Wait” campaign against texting while driving

Three major carriers join “It Can Wait” campaign against texting while driving

On March 28, we reported on a survey conducted by AT&T, which revealed that just under half of all drivers in the United States admit to texting while driving, despite 98-percent of those individuals reporting that it is dangerous and something they shouldn't do. Likewise, according to that survey, 43-percent of all teenage drivers say they text and drive. Such is the reason AT&T created the "It Can Wait" campaign, which several carriers just joined.

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Google X Phone leaks converge: is Nexus done for?

Google X Phone leaks converge: is Nexus done for?

Here in the weekend days before Google I/O 2013, the company's big developer conference for the year, two new clues leading to a new era in Motorola-made Android smartphones have been added to story called X Phone. The device in question has appeared as an AT&T-supported smartphone in the FCC this weekend as well as in benchmark test results on a publicly viewable archive. This device will likely appear as a developer give-away at the Google convention on Wednesday.

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