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AT&T will give you $50 to upgrade to a new iPhone

If you're an AT&T subscriber and needed a little extra bit of incentive to convince you that now is a good time to dive into the iPhone 6 waters, AT&T is offering a $50 bill credit to anyone who upgrades an existing line to an iPhone 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus through the Apple Store -- online, ...

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AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in 2015

One of the big features touted for the future of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE). Phone calls made over VoLTE are expected to not only have superior call quality, but some future capabilities like video phone calls and rich messaging depend on the technology. T...

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FTC sues AT&T for throttling unlimited data plans

According to the Washington Post, the Federal Trade Commission is suing wireless carrier AT&T for throttling data plans that were advertised as being unlimited. AT&T instituted throttling in 2011, targeting unlimited users who used too much data. The FTC reportedly received thousands of c...

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Apple and AT&T confirm: AT&T locks down Apple SIM cards to their network after sign-up

One of the surprising new features Apple added to the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 is a pre-installed Apple SIM which allows users to conveniently switch over to different cell providers as they please. On its website, Apple describes the benefits of the new Apple SIM as follows: The Apple...

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AT&T adds new Passport international roaming plans

AT&T Wireless customers planning on traveling out of the country soon should take a look at the company's new international roaming plans. Called Passport, the plans offer unlimited messaging and Wi-Fi, "affordable" calling rates, and data for a 30-day period. The packages start at just US$...

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Gold: The secret shame of my late night iPhone order

If you were one of the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, all staying up late last night to pre-order an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you probably noticed that the roll-out didn't proceed as smoothly as it might have, especially at the US store. With store-down notices going on signifi...

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Will you be able to use the new VoLTE service on your new iPhone 6?

VoLTE is coming to Apple iPhones for the first time with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus -- maybe not right away, but the service will roll out as time passes. VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, and it brings together voice and data together in the same spectrum. For Verizon subscribers it mean...

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How to tell if you're eligible for an iPhone 6 and how much you'll pay

For those of us in the tech blogging business, yesterday started up yet another round of the "should I or shouldn't I?" questions -- as in "Should I get a new iPhone 6 to replace my iPhone 5s that I bought last year, or wait?" The answer is that everyone can pretty much get a new phone if they rea...

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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 d...

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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 cold. C...

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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 percen...

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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 ove...

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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 it...

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