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The lurking danger behind AT&T's Sponsored Data program

On the surface, AT&T's recently announced Sponsored Data feature sure sounds like a great idea. Under the plan, sponsors will help foot the bandwidth bill for select content, enabling AT&T's 4G customers to enjoy a wide variety of media content without having it count against their monthly...

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Afternoon News Roundup - the January 6 ice-cold edition

With many parts of the US experiencing record-breaking ice-cold temperatures today (the high in Chicago today is minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit for those keeping score at home), here are some afternoon Apple news items to help keep you warm, or at the very least, distract you from the biting...

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Daily Update for January 3, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some of the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top...

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Morning news roundup for January 3

Good morning, everyone. While the northeastern United States is buried in show, Apple fans in the southern hemisphere are enjoying a warm, sunny day. What a world! Let's look at the Apple news, shall we? Apple's iBeacon tech to be featured at CES. The CEA is setting up a scavenger hunt of sorts,...

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Why AT&T should stop whining about carrier subsidies

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson explained last week that carriers can't afford to continue paying huge subsidies to smartphone manufacturers like Apple. When you're growing the business initially you have to do aggressive device subsidies to get people on the network. But as you approach 90...

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AT&T CEO: We can't afford to subsidize smartphones indefinitely

Consumers love being able to upgrade their smartphones every two years with affordable, subsidized pricing. US$199 for a brand new iPhone? Sure, sign me up. Some carriers like Sprint even offer early upgrades after 18 months, all in an effort to keep subscriber churn to a minimum. It's now been...

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AT&T introduces Mobile Share Value plans

AT&T has introduced new Mobile Share Value plans to offer customers a new way to share data. The plan includes an option for no annual contracts and offers a US$15 monthly saving to shared plan customers who meet one of four criteria. What are the criteria? Well, that's the question, isn't...

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AT&T: iPad activations this weekend up more than 200% compared to last year's launch

Perhaps it really will be an "iPad Christmas" for Apple this year. Though Apple hasn't yet released any iPad sales figures for the weekend, AT&T this afternoon issued a press release announcing that iPad activations this past weekend were up 200 percent compared to the fourth-gen iPad launch...

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Daily Update for October 14, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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AT&T discontinuing standard monthly voice and data plans for new customers

AT&T has announced on its blog that it will eliminate its standard monthly voice and data plans for new customers, and instead offer Mobile Share plans. As AT&T explains: Beginning Oct. 25, we're streamlining the plans we offer new customers. Our customers have expressed an overwhelming...

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Apple to pay $40 to iPad 3G owners in class action settlement

Gigaom is reporting that Apple and AT&T have reached a settlement agreement as it pertains to a class action lawsuit relating to AT&T's now-defunct unlimited data plan for the iPad 3G. The lawsuit was originally filed back in June of 2010 and accused both Apple and AT&T of touting...

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Home is where you roam: AT&T, Fon sign global WiFi agreement

AT&T customers traveling overseas may not have to look too far for WiFi access in the future. Today, the company signed an agreement with global hotspot provider Fon that gives AT&T customers access to Fon's nearly 12 million hotspots on smartphones and other WiFi-enabled devices. Fon's...

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T-Mobile to reportedly have new iPhone at launch

Here's a first -- as Apple launches the expected two new iPhone models tomorrow, all four US carriers are expected to have the new devices as soon as they are available at retail. That includes T-Mobile, which has lagged behind AT&T, Verizon and Sprint at having rapid access to the latest...

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Think before you switch carriers

With a new iPhone or two on the near horizon and plenty of people ready to buy one, there are probably a few million people who are also thinking about switching mobile carriers. Last year, when the iPhone 5 was the newest kid on the block, I decided that I was through with AT&T and I switched...

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AT&T expanding LTE coverage to 50 more markets by year-end

AT&T plans to make even more iPhone 5, iPad and iPad mini owners happy by the end of 2013, with today's announcement that 4G LTE service will be rolled out to 50 additional markets in the US before New Year's Day. AT&T's 4G LTE network currently covers 370 markets with 225 million potential...

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