AT&T discontinues 2G network, ends cellular connectivity for first-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 05:50
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

It’s time to move on where AT&T, the first-gen iPhone and cellular service are concerned.

On Monday, AT&T announced that its 2G wireless network was officially shut down on January 1, 2017, following four years of planning for its discontinuation.

This means that the 2G network available to the original first-gen iPhone will no longer receive cellular service from the AT&T network.

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JetBlue announces Fly-Fi service availability for entire fleet

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Date: Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 05:16
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

Wi-Fi is now available on every JetBlue flight and aircraft.

The budget airline announced the finished rollout of Fly-Fi, a free in-flight Wi-Fi service that claims to offer faster connections than some paid options like Gogo.

The service is now available on all flights while a number of airports in the U.S. and elsewhere are offering access as well, though in rare cases it may be paid —like Newburgh, N.Y. —or non-existent, as with places like Mexico City and Montego Bay.

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AT&T announces global 5G modem, cites “5G Evolution” plans

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Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, wireless

AT&T is looking towards the world’s first global 5G modem.

The company announced plans to test the world’s first global 5G modem to help test initial 5G spectrum deployments across the world. AT&T also announced their “5G Evolution” plans for 2017.

The global 5G modem announced by Intel today reportedly achieves speeds “exceeding 5 Gbps” while maintaining ultra-low latency connections. Intel’s 5G modem is already compliant to multiple industry 5G specifications, along with being able to provide fallback to a 4G connection when needed. It can even interwork 4G/5G connections. Intel says they should begin testing the 5G modem in the second half of 2017, before going into production.

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AT&T offers Call Protect app, looks to curb spam calls with new feature

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Date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016, 05:10
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software, wireless

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Even if you have gripes about AT&T, this should come in handy.

This week, AT&T revealed a new service that automatically blocks robocalls and identifies other suspicious spam calls for users on a voice and data contract with a smartphone that supports HD Voice.

The free service, dubbed “Call Protect”, arrives with a free companion mobile app for iOS and Android that lets users setup temporary call blocking and get notifications about what’s been auto-blocked. The feature blocks spam calls at the network level before they reach a customer’s phone.

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AT&T subscribers to receive more than $88 million as part of third-party “cramming” lawsuit settlement

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Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016, 05:55
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, wireless

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You might have a part of a class action lawsuit reward coming your way.

The United States Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced that it will be distributing more than $88 million in refunds to 2.7 million AT&T customers who had unauthorized third-party charges added to their service bills, something better known as “mobile cramming.”

The refunds come from a $105 million settlement AT&T paid the FTC back in October of 2014, after the carrier was accused of allowing third-party companies to bill customers for things like ringtone subscriptions without their consent. Money was also collected from Tatto and Acquinity, two companies involved in the cramming scheme.

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Rumor: Apple has disbanded its wireless router division, reassigned personnel to more profitable product groups

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Date: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016, 05:37
Category: Hardware, Rumor, wireless

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As much as you love your AirPort router, it may be the last of its kind.

Apple has apparently disbanded its wireless router division, having moved personnel away from this to focus on products that generate more revenue.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said sources who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.

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T-Mobile fined $48 million in wake of data throttling controversy on unlimited plans

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:25
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Well, this is sort of a mess.

Late Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has reached a $48 million settlement with T-Mobile, including a $7.5 million fine and $35.5 million in consumer benefits, following an investigation into whether the carrier adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its so-called “unlimited” data plan subscribers.

FCC investigators determined that ads and other disclosures from T-Mobile, and its prepaid brand MetroPCS, failed to adequately inform customers about its policy that de-prioritizes the top 3 percent of its heaviest data users during times of network contention or congestion, resulting in slower network speeds.

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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

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Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.

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AT&T stops selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after reports of fires caused by replacement units

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2016, 05:54
Category: battery, Hardware, News, Samsung, wireless

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Even after the recalls and apologies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle continues, even after supposedly safe replacement units were issued.

This time, wireless carrier AT&T announces that it is discontinuing all sales and exchanges of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones following a number of fires caused by supposedly “safe” phones that had been replaced under recall.

“Based on recent reports, we’re no longer exchanging new Note 7s at this time, pending further investigation of these reported incidents,” said an AT&T spokesperson. “We still encourage customers with a recalled Note 7 to visit an AT&T location to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other smartphone of their choice.”

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Apple has yet to report iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus preorder numbers

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Date: Monday, September 12th, 2016, 05:13
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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In what could be construed as a fairly prominent departure from years past, Apple apparently doesn’t plan to disclose first-weekend sales of its upcoming iPhone 7 handset.

Apple has disclosed the figures for its new iPhones the past eight years. Last year, for example, Apple said it sold 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones in their first three days of availability, up 30% from initial sales of the iPhone 6 models the prior year.

Some analysts and investors have viewed the numbers as a gauge of enthusiasm for the new phones. Apple said the figures are less relevant than in the past.

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