Archive for the ‘AT&T’ Category

AT&T Offers Some Customers Free Wi-Fi

July 3, 2007

“Subscribers who get the company’s Pro, Elite and FastAccess can use any of the company’s 10,000 hotspots located in airports, coffee shops, McDonald’s restaurants and Barnes & Noble bookstores for free. Those with lower tier services can add unlimited Wi-Fi access for $1.99 per”

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AT&T Giving Consumers The Runaround Over Secret $10 DSL

June 21, 2007

“AT&T is required to offer a $10 DSL option to those consumers who are in AT&T’s 22 state coverage area and who have not previously subscribed to AT&T DSL. This requirement is part of concessions made to the FTC so that AT&T could merge with BellSouth and take over Cingular.Getting AT&T to actually sign you up for the plan, however, may be more difficult. We’ve been hearing that consumers who try to sign up for the plan are getting a sales pitch for a more expensive plan, hung up on, transferred to the switchboard, etc.”

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AT&T Quietly Offers $10 DSL Plan

June 18, 2007

“Without any sort of fanfare, AT&T Inc. (ATT, News) has started offering a broadband Internet service for $10 a month, cheaper than any advertised plan.The DSL, or digital subscriber line, plan introduced Saturday is part of the concessions made by AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission to get its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp. approved last December.

The $10 offer is available to customers in the 22-state AT&T service region, which includes former BellSouth areas, who have never had AT&T or BellSouth broadband, spokesman Michael Coe confirmed Monday. Local phone service and a one-year contract are required. The modem is free.”

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AT&T To Start Scanning Their Network For Pirated Material

June 13, 2007

“In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they’ll do that isn’t clear, but there doesn’t seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what’s wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It’s not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.”

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Use Your Cingular Cell Phone As A Modem

June 10, 2007

You’ll first need to connect your desktop/laptop/notebook to your phone via infrared, bluetooth, or USB.  USB is the most consistent, but bluetooth works very well too.  To do this, turn on bluetooth (or infrared) on the phone, then connect to it from the computer.  This should be relatively straightforward, but could be different for different phone types.  It was very easy with my Sony Ericsson W300i.

Setup a new dialup connection – Start-Control Panel-Network Connections-New Connection Wizard-Next-Connect to the Internet-Next-Setup my connection manually-Next-Connect using a dial-up modem-Next-ISP Name (Cingular)-Next-Phone Number (*99***1#)-UserName (WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM) Password (CINGULAR1) (Uncheck both boxes)-Next-Finish

Downloads (surfing, etc.) will probably count as MEdia Net time, so be aware of how much you’re actually using it.  It may be worthwhile to purchase one of their data plans, but this should work fine in a pinch.

Government Awards $20B Telecom Contract

May 31, 2007

“Five companies — AT&T Inc., Level 3 Communications, Verizon Communications Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. — on Thursday were awarded a federal telecommunications contract worth up to $20 billion over 10 years.

Getting on the so-called Networx Enterprise contract is the first step. The winners must now compete with each other to win business from agencies looking to improve their voice, data and other telecom services.

It’s the second telecom contract awarded by the General Services Administration in about two months.”

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AT&T To Require Unlimited Data Package For Apple iPhone

May 29, 2007

“According to Lurie, one of the winning points for AT&T in regards to iPhone sales is that AT&T will be requiring iPhone owners to subscribe to an unlimited data plan. Lurie offered no indication, however, on how much the unlimited iPhone data plan would cost. Depending on the device, current Cingular/AT&T Wireless unlimited data plans range from $29.99 to $79.99. Lurie did leave the door open for the possibility of iPhone owners being able to own the phone without an unlimited data plan if they chose to live without use of the supposedly revolutionary iPhone version of Apple’s Safari web browser. Lurie said,”

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AT&T To Offer TV Over Phone Lines

May 27, 2007

“AT&T is upgrading their phone lines to offer video programmes over phone line. The service, called U-verse TV will be available in parts of Southern California communities initially. Channel lineups will be similar to traditional cable and dish offerings. AT&T is insisting that, ‘This offering is on par with those of its cable rivals. But AT&T claims that it offers customers more for their money, including fast channel changing, video-on-demand, three set-top boxes, a digital video recorder, a picture-in-picture feature that allows viewers to surf channels without switching channels and an interactive program guide.'””

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iPhone: AT&T Exclusive For Five Years

May 23, 2007

“Apple’s iPhone is arguably this year’s most hotly anticipated consumer devices. AT&T already accelerated its plans to rebrand the Cingular properties in preparation of the iPhone’s arrival – and apparently, its efforts may be well placed as the iPhone could be an AT&T-exclusive for five years, according to a USA Today story.

Being an AT&T-exclusive means that the iPhone will remain a GSM phone, leaving it clearly out of reach for CDMA wireless users. Verizon Wireless and Sprint are both CDMA shops, and customers of those carriers who wish to get the iPhone will have no other choice but to make the move to AT&T.”

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AT&T Dumps VOIP Customers

May 6, 2007

“In the past two weeks AT&T has sent out disconnect letters to VOIP customers in big rude red letters, stating that VOIP service will be suspended in 30 days and permanently disconnected in 60 days. They cited E911 service as the reason. (It is peculiar that AT&T is unable overcome an E911 technical hurdle, since SBC/AT&T is also the local landline company in many areas where VOIP cancellation notices are being received.) Many AT&T VOIP customers have found that they are unable to transfer their phone numbers to a new provider. Further, AT&T is unwilling to set up a forwarding message directing callers to a new phone number for those who are unable to transfer their old numbers. In effect, AT&T has told many long-term VOIP subscribers: ‘We are turning off your phone in 30 days, goodbye.'””

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