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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AT&T introduces higher-end data plans, removes overages ahead of next-gen iPhone launch

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Date: Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 05:39
Category: iPhone, News, wireless

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Just ahead of the next-gen iPhone release, AT&T on Wednesday announced new data plans that finally eliminate overage fees for heavy users.

The new plans, which go into effect this Sunday, retail for $30 per month for 1 gigabyte, $40 for 3 gigabytes, $60 for 6 gigabytes, $80 for 10 gigabytes, $90 for 16 gigabytes, $110 for 25 gigabytes, and $135 for 30 gigabytes. The 25- and 30-gigabyte plans are significantly cheaper than before, having previously hit $175 and $225, but the bottom tier now has half the data of its old equivalent, and others have been replaced or removed, such as the $20/300-megabyte and $50/5-gigabyte options.

The new plans will have users’ speeds throttled once they hit their data cap. With previous plans, the company was charging $15 for an extra gigabyte after exceeding any rollover allotments.

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Rumor: Apple won’t use “iPhone 7 Pro” name for next-gen handset

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 07:15
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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According to the current rumors, the “iPhone 7 Pro” monicker may never come to be.

A number of sources have said that Apple is following this name scheme to avoid confusion of having back-to-back iPhones with “S” in the name, even though the iPhone 7 will largely be a minor update over the iPhone 6s.

The new report nixes the additional third tier/”Pro” name, which had been a rumored dual-lens alternative to the single-lens “iPhone 7 Plus” that had been mentioned months ago. The less-powerful camera option was said to be created by Apple as a fallback in case the dual-lens technology didn’t pan out. Now that everything seems to be going well for the company in this area, and mockups have repeatedly shown a dual-lens camera enclosure, it makes sense for Apple to revert to the well-known “Plus” moniker for its next-generation 5.5-inch dual-lens iPhone, and drop any reference to “Pro” altogether.

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Assorted customers receive early iPhone SE shipping notices

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Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 08:11
Category: iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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A number of iPhone SE orders, which commenced on March 24th, have shipped out the door. Customers in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and elsewhere have received notifications that their smartphones are en route ahead of the official March 31st launch tomorrow.

Multiple users tracking their iPhone SE shipments have received delivery estimates of between March 31 and April 4. As usual, it appears that UPS is Apple’s primary courier for orders placed in North America, while DPD and UKMail are handling deliveries in the United Kingdom.

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Netflix admits to throttling AT&T, Verizon users’ data

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Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016, 11:02
Category: Legal, News, Software

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Well, that could have gone better.

Netflix, which has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar, has gone on record to say that it throttled user data through AT&T and Verizon while trying to “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps.” As of now, AT&T and Verizon wireless customers are still limited to streaming Netflix at 600 kilobits per second, which reduces video quality in the process.

Sprint and T-Mobile have gone unthrottled because “historically those two companies have had more consumer-friendly policies,” Netflix asserted, referring to the fact that those carriers have typically slowed users down to 2G speeds when they exceed data caps, rather than threatening overage fees. Sprint, however, was throttling nearly all video until it was pressured to stop last year, and T-Mobile is marketing “Binge On,” a controversial program which lets customers watch unlimited video from select services, but only at DVD quality (480p).

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Apple begins accepting pre-orders for iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016, 08:55
Category: iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, retail

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After several hours of downtime last night, Apple’s Online Store is back up and allowing customers to pre-order the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPhone SE starts at $399 off-contract, while the iPad Pro starts at $599. Deliveries will begin in one week on March 31st.

In terms of carrier availability for the iPhone SE, details are listed below:

T-Mobile – Available at 5AM PT/8AM ET

Verizon – Available Now

AT&T – Available Now

Sprint – To Be Determined

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AT&T offers unlimited data plan, albeit bundled through DirecTV, U-Verse accounts

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Date: Monday, January 11th, 2016, 08:48
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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Further proving the wireless calling plan policies take more dramatic plot twists than a Telemundo soap opera, AT&T will be launching a brand new version of unlimited data tomorrow.

Pricing for the plan begins at $100 a month for a single line, plus $40 for each additional line. Unfortunately, the caveats is that you need to be a DirecTV or U-Verse subscriber to even be eligible, which of course adds to the cost if you don’t already have a subscription.

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AT&T confirms move away from two-year contracts, iPhone subsidies beginning January 8th, 2016

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Date: Thursday, December 31st, 2015, 08:58
Category: Finance, iPhone, News, wireless

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This will change your relationship with AT&T a bit.

Starting on January 8, 2016, AT&T will introduce a “pricing simplification effort” that will see the end of device subsidies and two-year contracts. According to an internal training document shared by Engadget, new and existing AT&T customers will only be able to purchase a smartphone at full price or with an AT&T Next payment plan going forward.

The leaked document states that the new rules apply to all of the phones AT&T sells, including smartphones, which will be paid for with new installment plans. Corporate users are said to be able to continue making two-year contract purchases, although it looks like this will change for the consumer market.

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Google adds cellular support to assorted Android Wear devices

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Android, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

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