AT&T Lights Up Six New 4G LTE Markets

AT&T is making a few more customers happy this morning, launching six new 4G LTE markets across this great country of ours. The markets, spanning from Oregon to North Carolina, bring AT&T’s grand total of LTE market offerings, at least to my calculations, to 600+.

With that, AT&T is easily ahead of the other top three carriers in the US, including Verizon. However, Verizon has already stated they intend to launch an LTE-only device in the first half of 2016, which should be an interesting time for US consumers in the smartphone ecosystem.

For a look at the newest LTE markets from AT&T, look below.  (more…)

FCC Still Concerned About Throttling, Asks All Carriers About Throttling Practices

Over the last couple of weeks, the FCC has decided that it wants to know more about the throttling or “Network Optimization” practices of wireless carriers in the US. Their initial probing began with Verizon, after the company announced plans to start throttling the top 5% of its data users who have unlimited data plans and a 4G LTE phone come October 1. Today, Reuters is reporting that the FCC is actually looking into all of the major carriers, asking for them to explain how they decide when to slow down speeds for customers, because they are still very “concerned” that the reasoning could be a business rather than engineering issue. (more…)

GoPhone Customers can Now Access MyAT&T to Make Quick Account Changes

AT&T announced this morning that GoPhone customers finally have access to myAT&T, so that they can easily change rate plans, add data packages, see usage info, and even check out account history.

For whatever reason, AT&T always redirected GoPhone customers out of myAT&T and onto an account management site that looked as if it was built in 1999. For GoPhone customers, this is actually a pretty big deal. If you are on GoPhone and have ever tried to add data to your plan via mobile, you will know how difficult it is.

I checked out the new myAT&T digs and came away by giving AT&T a thumbs-up. Finally.  (more…)

Report: T-Mobile Phones Last Longer on Battery Than AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Counterparts

T-Mobile has added more customers in the past 15 months than the three other major carriers combined, but the cellular provider may be distinguished in at least one other, more important way. According to tests conducted by Laptop Mag, T-Mobile phones last consistently longer on battery than their AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon counterparts.  (more…)