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

AT&T 5G release date

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

AT&T Stream Saver

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’

T-Mobile Free Hulu Offer

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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AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast

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AT&T is steaming ahead at full speed with its plan to merge with media company Time Warner. That's probably a good thing for the company's bottom line, as the wireless business is losing customers at speed.

According to an analyst note from Cowen and Company Equity Research, seen by Fierce Wireless, AT&T is leading other carriers in customers departing every quarter. "“When asking postpaid subscribers that have been with their carrier (less than) two years which carrier did they previously have, the top answer for current Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon respondents was ‘previously AT&T,’ whereas in previous surveys it’s been more mixed," the note reportedly said.

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Chris Mills

January 22nd

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T-Mobile’s new promo lets customers send gifts to AT&T, Verizon subscribers

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Last summer, T-Mobile introduced a new rewards program called T-Mobile Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers are able to take advantage of a new offer, from free pizzas to free Lyft rides. But next week is different. Next Tuesday, T-Mobile users will not only receive two free FandangoNOW movie rentals, two gas discounts from Shell and a free $15 Lyft ride — they'll also be able to give those rewards away.

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Jacob Siegal

January 21st

Mobile

AT&T just raised activation and upgrade fees for the second time in 9 months

AT&T Activation Fee

January 20th is Inauguration Day, and AT&T is making America great again by increasing the fees it charges customers to activate or upgrade their smartphones. Again.

Less than two weeks after Verizon increased its upgrade fee from $20 to $30, AT&T has confirmed that its upgrade fee and its activation fee will rise from $20 to $25 each. The fees apply to new customers when they activate a smartphone, or to existing customers when they upgrade to a new smartphone. This marks the second time in just nine months that AT&T has increased these fees, seizing the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of its top rival, Verizon, which also just increased its upgrade fee for the second time since last April.

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Zach Epstein

January 20th

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DirecTV Now is seriously broken

DirecTV Now problems

AT&T's streaming service is off to a rough start. After the initial launch giddiness, the service has had major service problems including crashing apps, apps not loading, the wrong channels being shown in regions, and the much-vaunted 72-hour rewind service not functioning at all.

To top things off, an Apple TV update last night that was supposed to fix bugs seems to have broken the Apple TV service for everyone.

As you'd expect, AT&T's customer service is dealing with this super well.

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Chris Mills

January 13th

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