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A few lucky cities will get AT&T’s 5G network by the end of the year

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I still can't get a good LTE signal in my kitchen, but that's not stopping the wireless networks fearlessly powering into the future. AT&T has announced plans for rolling out "5G Evolution," a beta version of the 5G standard, to 20 metro areas by the end of 2017.

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Chris Mills

April 26th

Mobile

AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative

Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not actually a new 5G network, the much hyped successor to 4G that’s supposed to change the way we connect to the internet. It’s just a re-branded 4G offering, and AT&T’s sad attempt at…

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Adam Clark Estes

April 25th

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Nearly blind runner competes in Boston Marathon with help of digital eyes

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Marathon runner Erich Manser competed in his eighth Boston Marathon this year, but with each passing year he's able to see less and less of the actual event. Manser has a degenerative eye disease that has caused him to slowly go blind since he was a child. It makes the prospect of running through crowded streets even more of a challenge than it already is, but this year Manser had a bit of high-tech help to guide him. It's a visual interpretation service called Aira and the app, in partnership with AT&T, were able to give the nearly blind marathoner real-time guidance as he cruised to the finish line.

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Mike Wehner

April 21st

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T-Mobile got an amazing deal on its $8 billion spectrum haul

T-Mobile spectrum vs AT&T, Verizon

Last week, the results of a hugely important Federal Communications Commission auction came out. The Commission was selling the rights to use re-purposed TV spectrum to wireless carriers, and T-Mobile spent $8 billion to buy far more spectrum than anyone else.

The spectrum being auctioned is particularly valuable low-band airwaves that work better in rural areas and indoors -- two areas that T-Mobile has struggled with, compared to Verizon, which has long held the licenses to a large amount of low-band spectrum.

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Chris Mills

April 17th

Mobile

AT&T just made a $1.25 billion bet on 5G

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5G connectivity is coming, which is good news for anyone who's ever wanted to stream multiple things in 4K while sitting in a treehouse. All the major mobile companies are currently jockeying for position as to who gets to post "First!" in the comments section, and AT&T just put the stakes up.

AT&T spent $1.25 billion to acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds significant wireless spectrum that could be used for 5G. AT&T made the deal using all stock, meaning it hasn't had to deplete cash reserves, but don't let that fool you: this is a significant investment in wireless technology for the company.

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Chris Mills

April 11th

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How to disable the new streaming video throttling feature AT&T is rolling out

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Late last year, AT&T announced that it was working on a new feature called "Stream Saver." Seemingly inspired by T-Mobile's "Binge On" initiative, Stream Saver would throttle video streams over cellular data connections to AT&T mobile devices, thus limiting the amount of bandwidth used by these video streams. The key difference between Stream Saver and Binge On is the very nature of each product — the data used up by throttled video streamed to T-Mobile devices doesn't apply toward the subscriber's monthly data bucket, while that isn't the case with AT&T. Instead, stream saver is only meant to give subscribers the opportunity to conserve data.

Stream Saver is a nice option to have in your pocket if you're nearing your data cap but you still want to stream videos, but there is one problem: it's enabled by default. This isn't exactly a surprise since AT&T said it would be the case, but the majority of users likely have no idea that their video is about to be throttled now that this feature has begun to roll out. Luckily, disabling Stream Saver is very easy, and we'll show you exactly how to do it in this post.

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Zach Epstein

March 7th

Mobile

AT&T’s first buy one, get one free deal of 2017 features the iPhone 7

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With Mobile World Congress just around the corner, new smartphones are about to start launching in droves. LG, Motorola, HTC and even Nokia are all expected to bring unreleased handsets to the show in Spain this weekend, but if you don't care about having the latest tech or just want to save a few hundred dollars, you might want to check out AT&T's brand new buy one, get one free deal instead.

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Jacob Siegal

February 25th

Mobile

AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

AT&T Unlimited Plan hotspot details

As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as "unlimited" to all their customers. But while I'm reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), AT&T's plan could better be described as a "22GB data plan but you can't actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop" plan.

Admittedly, it's not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

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Chris Mills

February 17th

Mobile

AT&T just tested a flying cell tower, and it could change everything

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Regardless of where you live, you probably have a really good idea of what sections of your city, neighborhood, or rolling rural hills offer good cellular reception. Driving through a well-known "dead spot" is like venturing through an invisible barrier into a dangerous land, and unless your carrier upgrades their hardware in the area — which is often a rarity — a bad coverage area isn't going to suddenly become awesome overnight. AT&T just tested something that could change that, and it has four arms and propellers.

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Mike Wehner

February 16th

Mobile

T-Mobile gives AT&T switchers a year of Hulu instead of DirecTV Now, which it calls a ‘disaster’

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If you’re a T-Mobile subscriber who switched from AT&T for a free year of DirecTV Now, the carrier announced on Wednesday that you’re going to receive a free year of Hulu instead. T-Mobile launched a special DirecTV promotion in mid-December targeting AT&T customers looking to switch, but it's now looking to "fix" their streaming experience by removing DirecTV Now from the equation.

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Chris Smith

January 25th

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