T-Mobile snags $8 billion of wireless network spectrum for future infrastructure improvements

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Date: Friday, April 14th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, News, wireless

It never hurts to prepare for the future.

T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a portion of the wireless airwave spectrum, thereby spending $8 billion to expand its network. The carrier acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. Signals within the 600MHz can travel longer distance and are generally considered high quality—the kind of high quality that would put T-Mobile on par with AT&T and Verizon.

Right now, the 600MHz spectrum is used by television broadcasters, and it won’t clear until early 2020 or so. The company says some of its new spectrum will be usable though, by T-Mobile as well as its subsidiary MetroPCS.

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AT&T announces acquisition of Straight Path for $1.25 billion, works to expand future 5G networks

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Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 05:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

It never hurts to buy the bandwidth you need in advance.

AT&T on Monday announced that it will acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds licenses to airwaves needed for the next-generation network technology. AT&T announced the deal in a press release, noting that it is worth $1.6 billion in total.

Straight Path Communications is one of the largest holders of the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by wireless carriers. It also holds the mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band, which 5G technology is heavily reliant upon.

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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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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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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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AT&T, Qualcomm to test expanding cellular networks via drone

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 05:53
Category: News, wireless

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This is a pretty neat idea.

Communications companies Qualcomm and AT&T today announced plans to start testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also known as drones) on cellular networks later this month. The goal is to analyze how drones can operate safely and more securely on commercial 4G LTE and future networks such as 5G.

The trials will take place at Qualcomm’s UAS Flight Center in San Diego, where engineers will work to mimic commercial, residential and uninhabited areas.

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Sprint, T-Mobile offer revamped data plans ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:00
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Say what you want about the open market, at least it spurs competition.

Following Wednesday’s announcement as to changes to its mobile plans, wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new “unlimited” plans of their own.

T-Mobile has replaced all its plans with a single one called T-Mobile One.

The Mobile One plan apparent offers the following:

It’s 100% unlimited and comes with unlimited talk and text and unlimited 4G LTE smartphone data – including unlimited standard definition video – all on America’s fastest 4G LTE network. And, it’s available at a great price: just $40 per line for a family of four.

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