AT&T and T-Mobile join forces to fight robocalls and scammers

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Suck it, spammers!
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AT&T and T-Mobile today confirmed an unlikely partnership for a wonderful cause. The rival carriers are joining forces to fight robocalls and scammers.

Both will deliver the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN standards to digitally validate calls across their networks. It will make it easier for customers to filter out unwanted calls.

AT&T gives free Spotify Premium to unlimited subscribers

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This should help Spotify grow its subscriber base.
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AT&T is ready to sweeten the deal for some of its monthly subscribers by offering free Spotify premium as of its new entertainment perks.

The carrier revealed its new entertainment perks today that also gives customers the option to choose HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Starz or Pandora as their free entertainment options. Even if you don’t have a qualifying wireless plan, you can still get some other Spotify perks.

Most Americans are excited about 5G

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There’s pent-up demand for a 5G iPhone.
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A large percentage of Americans are happy that 4G wireless networks are being supplanted by faster 5G ones, according to a recent survey by a respected market-research firm. And a majority of US consumers are very interested in getting a phone that supports these speedier networks.

AT&T is America’s fastest LTE mobile network

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AT&T came out on top.
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AT&T has beaten out its rival networks to claim the title of fastest LTE carrier in the United States.

That’s according to a new rundown of mobile networks by PCMag. The publication issues its report every year, with Verizon and AT&T typically battling back and forth for first place. This year was AT&T’s turn — marking the first time in six years that it’s managed to overthrow Verizon.

Galaxy Fold suffers another blow as AT&T finally cancels preorders

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Are you ready to splash your cash?
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AT&T has finally followed Best Buy and Samsung itself in canceling all Galaxy Fold preorders.

The carrier has begun emailing customers to inform them that it is unable to ship their shiny new handset. It promises a prompt refund, and a $100 gift card for the inconvenience.

It is looking increasingly unclear whether the Galaxy Fold will ever make it to market.

AT&T’s rival for Apple TV+ might cost just $17 per month

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AT&T has a war chest of great content.
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AT&T’s upcoming video streaming service is taking different shape after the company reportedly abandoned plans to create a three-tiered service.

The service allegedly has a launch date slated for later this year and will compete directly with Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+ and others. Instead of selling HBO, Cinemax and the Warner Bros. TV and movie library separately, AT&T’s will package them altogether. And the price point could be the best feature.

U.S. carriers are no longer sharing customer location data

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Your location data is no longer up for grabs.
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U.S. carriers have (mostly) put an end to the practice of selling customer location data to third-parties, a new report reveals.

This dodgy practice was previously carried out by giants including T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. They passed on this data to middlemen, which then sold the information to other companies without getting the necessary permission from users.

Disney takes over Hulu as Apple TV+ competition builds

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Live sports could be Hulu’s biggest selling point.
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The Walt Disney Company now owns not one, but two TV streaming services.

After partnering with various media companies on Hulu for years, Disney has slowly been buying up its partners’ stake in the streaming service. Its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox gave it 60% ownership, but Disney just revealed that it struck a deal with Comcast that will give it complete ownership of Hulu.

FCC tries to confirm carriers stopped selling phone location data

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You can’t escape your phone company tracking you, but the FCC can make them stop selling the information.
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The CEOs of the big four US wireless carriers were asked by an FCC commissioner whether they’ve stopped selling their customers’ real-time location data, as they had promised to do.

Published reports in recent months indicated that the locations of Americans were being sold without their permission of even knowledge.