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AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

With some carriers nowadays, you can elect to pay for a device in small monthly increments rather than shackling yourself into a long contract. Though the ultimate cost tends to be higher in the long run, many have embraced the option, and now word has it that AT&T will be nudging its subscribers toward that option by default. Starting June 1, says sources, the wireless carrier will be offering its AT&T Next in the place of 2-year contracts, the latter of which will be fizzling away.

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Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

Nearly 1/3 people use Facebook while driving

AT&T commissioned Braun Research poll finds nearly 1 out of every 3 people use Facebook while driving. Driving their automobile. On the road, in the United States, where you live. The study was done by poll, asking 2,067 in the United States aged between 16-65 who use their smartphone at least once a day AND drive at least once a day a number of questions. What was found was a bit shocking, to say the least. Not only do a lot of people drive while using their phone, a lot of those people do some pretty involved things on their phone whilst driving.

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AT&T’s LG Escape2 is the LG Spirit in spirit

AT&T’s LG Escape2 is the LG Spirit in spirit

Some carriers tend to rename their versions of a particular device, perhaps just to set it apart from the competition. That seems to be the case here with the AT&T LG Escape2. Yes, there is no whitespace in between the "Escape" and the "2". In many aspects, the Escape2 is pretty similar to the LG Spirit launched just last March. That, however, doesn't mean that the Escape2 won't be interesting, especially for a mid-range LG smartphone that is coming on the heels of the LG G4.

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AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu have announced a new (expanded) partnership between the two that will bring video streaming content from the latter to AT&T’s own subscribers — both on the web and on their mobile devices. The two companies have previously had a deal that brings some content to the carrier’s subscribers, but under this they will be presented with more content through an AT&T app and, possibly, through a future Hulu app for TVs. The pair announced the expanded partnership today.

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AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

AT&T extends rollover data to a couple prepaid plans

We've seen carriers tweaking their data plans a lot lately, and not just the lesser-known prepaid carriers. This time around is AT&T, which had recently made some changes to how it throttled certain plans, and now the wireless carrier is extending rollover data to a couple tiers of its prepaid GoPhone subscription service. As expected, this means that high-speed data that wasn’t used in one month will roll over into the next month, assuming the plan is renewed without lapsing.

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AT&T Trek HD 4G LTE is carrier’s first branded tablet

AT&T Trek HD 4G LTE is carrier’s first branded tablet

AT&T has introduced its first branded tablet, a relatively modest Android offering called the AT&T Trek HD. The tablet won’t be available until May 12, but the carrier has provided all the details on its ahead of time, including that it will be running the latest version of Android (Lollipop). As you would expect, the tablet can be used on AT&T’s network, and it’ll come with a couple different pricing flavors, including a two-year-contract price and an installment plan price.

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FCC marches on with open internet rules, AT&T stay denied

FCC marches on with open internet rules, AT&T stay denied

AT&T and fellow telecom companies are trying to prevent the FCC from rolling out new Net Neutrality rules. The telecom companies' latest strategy to slow down the new regulation process from taking effect was to request a stay, which would delay the reclassification of internet as a public utility. The court officially denied the stay in its latest ruling. The telecom companies claimed that because they didn't seek a say request against the three "bright-line" internet rules from the FCC's new Internet regulation, (no throttling, no paid prioritization, and no obstruction of legal content) their stay would not harm the public interest. Yet, the court failed to agree.

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AT&T changes conditions for throttling grandfathered unlimited data users

AT&T changes conditions for throttling grandfathered unlimited data users

Nationwide carrier AT&T made a quiet revision to one of its policies this week over how it treats customers with grandfathered smartphone plans for unlimited data. Previously, those users had their data speeds throttled after exceeding either 5 gigabytes of LTE data or 3 gigabytes of 3G data within a month. The carrier would reduce customers' data speeds regardless of how congested the network was at those times. AT&T's revised policy now states in will only throttle unlimited data users during times or places with high network congestion.

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AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

AT&T changes stance on hard throttling for users of unlimited data plans

In the early days of the smartphone when the original iPhone launched, you could get actual unlimited data plans with the device. As time went on AT&T and other carriers began to put limits on the "unlimited" plans much to the anger of their customers. If you are on one of those old grandfathered unlimited data plans, you know that the way AT&T tries to keep you from using what you pay for is by throttling your speed.

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Sonim XP5 rugged feature phone to land at AT&T

Sonim XP5 rugged feature phone to land at AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will be the first carrier to offer the new Sonim XP5 ruggedized feature phone to customers. The ruggedized device is made to be able to work in harsh environments like construction sites, manufacturing, and transportation industries where normal mobile phones have a hard time surviving. The device will work on the AT&T LTE and WiFi networks.

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AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

AT&T hits dial-up subscriber with $24,000 bill

We hear stories every now and then about surprised parents who discover their children amassed large bills through excessive text messages or data usage or "free" games. The latest story of an egregious bill to surface is quite the opposite, however: an elderly AT&T subscriber says he was hit with a bill for more than $24,000 USD from the company over his landline, which typically cost $51 per month. The landline was used to access AOL dial-up (yes, people still use this), and the company reportedly told him he had to pay it.

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