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What you really need to know about AT&T 5G

What you really need to know about AT&T 5G

Movie downloads in seconds, lag-free streaming in 4K resolution, and an altogether snappier experience on your iPhone or Android: 5G certainly promises a lot. Like Verizon, which announced late last year it would be testing 5G in 2016, AT&T says that this is the right time to start real-world trials, even if commercial deployments are still some way off.

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AT&T gets its 5G gear ready for testing this year

AT&T gets its 5G gear ready for testing this year

Our data networks will soon be even more crowded and congested. There was already a surge in data usage the past few years, thanks primarily to smartphones and tablets. In the upcoming years, not only will the number of devices connected to the Internet rise thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the volume of traffic will also increase due to 4K videos and virtual reality. To prepare for all of that mess, carriers are plotting their next gen network technologies. AT&T, for its part, will be putting its eggs in the 5G basket and will start its testing phase this year.

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AT&T Unlimited wireless plans are back, with a catch

AT&T Unlimited wireless plans are back, with a catch

It's been a while since AT&T subscribers had an “unlimited” option. The company did away with their unlimited data plans a few years back, much to the disappointment of customers. In a surprise move, the company is bringing it back, but with one small catch.

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Kyocera DuraForce XD and DuraXE rugged smartphones land at AT&T

Kyocera DuraForce XD and DuraXE rugged smartphones land at AT&T

AT&T has announced that it has added a couple new rugged devices to its line for mobile users that need a device able to withstand life at work and play. The new devices include the Kyocera DuraForce XD and the Kyocera DuraXE. The DuraForce XD is an Android smartphone with a big 5.7-inch screen.

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AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

According to newly leaked documents, AT&T is doing away with two-year contracts early next month, moving subscribers over to its’ AT&T Next installment plan or requiring them to pay the price of the phone upfront. The change will take effect across the board, according to the documents; employees will lose the two-year contract option, too, as well as current two-year contract customers. AT&T has not confirmed the leak, however.

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Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

Verizon baits switchers with $650 per line

This morning we received an ugly Christmas sweater in the mail from Verizon to announce $650 in contract-ending switch cash. Weird. "Everyone has that one gift they'd like to like to exchange for something better: maybe that not-so-cool holiday sweater... or the wrong network." Clever. So Verizon has this deal for people who use a different carrier for their smartphone and want to switch, giving them "up to" $650 USD per line in the process.

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AT&T gives Samsung Gear S2 your number, no phone needed

AT&T gives Samsung Gear S2 your number, no phone needed

AT&T NumberSync has rolled out for the Samsung Gear S2, allowing the smartwatch to make and receive calls and texts from your usual number, even when parted from your phone. The update, which will be delivered to existing AT&T Gear S2 users from today, gives the Tizen wearable far more independence, without the requirement of memorizing and giving out a second cell number.

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AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

Lately, Google has been trying to take a bite out of the carrier business pie, and now carriers are trying to bite it back. For example, Verizon's LTE-U push, which is being contested by the likes of Google, is, in a way, trying to cut into Google's Wi-Fi offering. Now AT&T is now also trying to give Google a taste of its own medicine, by announcing its plans to extend its "100% Fiber" GigaPower service to 38 more metros, particularly in locations that Google Fiber has yet to reach.

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T-Mobile targets AT&T switchers with killer iPhone 6s deal

T-Mobile targets AT&T switchers with killer iPhone 6s deal

T-Mobile is continuing with its big "Un-Carrier Unwrapped" holiday promotion, which was kicked off with the news of 3 months of unlimited LTE for existing subscribers, followed by $200 per line for every Sprint customer that switched. This week T-Mobile has AT&T users in their sights, offering them a nearly unbeatable deal on a new 128GB iPhone 6s.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Pebble Time gets Text Reply on iOS for AT&T postpaid

Getting notifications on your smartwatch, be it an Android Wear, Apple Watch, or Pebble, is one thing. Being able to act on those notifications is a different story. The latter is trickiest when it comes to text messages, given a smartwatch's small screen and extremely limited input methods. Most rely on voice recognition or canned replies to make it work. Now Pebble is joining that hip crowd with the latest update that brings a Text Reply feature to Pebble Time owners with iPhones and AT&T postpaid accounts.

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LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE rollout halted over quality issue

LG Watch Urbane 2 LTE rollout halted over quality issue

Following a message AT&T sent to its customers vaguely detailing an issue with the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, LG has announced that it is nixing the smartwatch’s rollout across the globe due to a quality issue. It still isn’t clear what problem has prompted LG to pull the wearable, but AT&T cited a “quality issue” as the reason and will be refunding those who have already purchased a unit. Sources state the issue is related to hardware troubles.

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