Android phones start lying about offering 5G

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There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and marketing.
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Some Android phones already claim they’re connected to a 5G network. This is the result of some fairly shady rebranding on the part of AT&T, which is pretending that improvements to its LTE network make it no longer 4G.

This is raising protests, especially from the other Big 4 wireless carriers.

All you need to track any phone’s location is a small bribe

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Your phone company constantly tracks your location, and that information is for sale.
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It’s not hard to get learn the location of almost any phone, according to a new report. All that’s required is some cash and the right contacts in a web of companies with access to the geolocation data collected by mobile phone companies.

AT&T Time Warner jumps on streaming bandwagon

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AT&T wants a piece of the TV streaming market.
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Netflix is about to get some new competition in the streaming wars from the same company that owns one of its biggest rivals, HBO.

AT&T Time Warner revealed today that the company is planning to build and launch a new video streaming service that will offer TV shows, films, libraries, documentaries and animation.

Apple seeds iOS 12.1 beta 3 to developers

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iOS 12.1 brings back group FaceTime.
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Developers received a brand new beta for iOS 12.1 this morning, bringing a host of new tweaks and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

iOS 12.1 beta 3 comes one week after Apple seeded the last beta build to developers. The company also released the third beta builds of watchOS 5.1 and tvOS 12.1 to developers today.

Why AT&T customers could have a first shot at a 5G iPhone

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AT&T is way, way ahead of the competition in rolling out mobile 5G.
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Anyone eagerly awaiting a 5G iPhone probably should be an AT&T subscriber. This wireless service provider will have mobile 5G service in a dozen cities before any of its rivals have it in even one.

Still, rival Verizon hit a milestone today by making the world’s first 5G NR call from a smartphone-size device.

iPhone Upgrade Program welcomes T-Mobile customers online

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Just in time for new iPhone upgrades this fall!
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T-Mobile customers can now sign up to the iPhone Upgrade Program online — just in time for Apple’s big 2018 upgrades.

Online enrollment was previously available to those on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, while T-Mobile subscribers were forced to visit their local Apple Store. The process will be a little easier for those looking to buy a new iPhone this fall.

AT&T’s 5G coverage dominates competition (for now)

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Verizon is behind arch-rival AT&T in deploying mobile 5G. Sprint and T-Mobile are trailing.
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Verizon just reveled that Houston will be the third city getting its super-speedy 5G service before the end of this year. But there’s huge caveat: this is fixed service, only for homes and businesses.

In contrast, AT&T will launch mobile 5G service in six cities this year. This shows how far ahead it is than the competition.

Three more cities will get super-fast AT&T 5G this year

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AT&T and arch-rival Verizon will be among the first U.S. carriers to offer 5G.
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AT&T promised to bring the next generation of cellular wireless technology to a dozen cities before the end of this year. It just hasn’t revealed which ones yet.

The carrier started the teasing process a few months ago, announcing that Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, will get mobile 5G.

AT&T finds sneaky way to squeeze extra $800 million out of customers

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AT&T is making customers pay for its Time Warner merger.
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AT&T customers might start noticing that their monthly bills just got a little bit more expensive.

In a move to raise some more cash after spending $85.4 billion to buy Time Warner, AT&T has increased the price of its customer service fees. The increase itself is pretty small, but when applied to AT&T’s entire customer base, it could help the telecommunications carrier bring in an extra $800 million in revenue this year.

AT&T’s WatchTV service adds 30 TV channels to unlimited data

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AT&T's WatchTV combines streaming TV channels with unlimited data.
AT&T's WatchTV service combines entertainment with unlimited data.
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AT&T wants to stand out in the wireless market by combining streaming TV with unlimited data. Two newly-announced WatchTV options add dozens of TV channels and thousands of on-demand TV shows to the carrier’s unlimited data plans.

This move comes in the wake of the $85B AT&T/Time Warner merger, giving the carrier far greater access to video content that can be streamed to your iPhone or iPad almost anywhere.