Deal: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now $200 off

Folks planning to purchase an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ can now save $200 on either phone, but only with activation of an eligible monthly plan. This new deal is offered by Best Buy and requires you to get your Galaxy S8 on AT&T Next, or on AT&T Next Every Year.
Savings are reflected in reduced monthly payments. When buying a Galaxy S8, you’ll pay $15.16 per month (instead of $21.84) for 30 months, or $18.95 per month (instead of $27.30) for 24 months. A Galaxy S8+ will cost you $18.49 per month (instead of $25.17) for 30 months, or $23.12 …

While under oath, AT&T's CEO reveals $15/month TV streaming service for mobile devices

Plenty of strange things have been revealed by people testifying under oath. But what came out of Randall Stephenson’s testimony yesterday might have been a first. The CEO of AT&T, while on the witness stand and under oath in a courtroom, revealed a new AT&T streaming service called AT&T Watch. Designed for those who like to watch streaming television on their mobile devices, this will be a low-cost service priced at $15/month. Unlike the carrier’s DirecTV Now streaming app, which is priced at $35/month, AT&T Watch will not carry any sporting events in order to keep the price down.

Stephenson …

Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …

AT&T's CEO says the company is committed to an open internet following FCC repeal of net neutrality

Last month, the Trump FCC repealed net neutrality. Why? Well, the president seems to favor big business and what could help the carriers/ISPs more than giving them the ability to charge more for certain online content. Or it just could be Trump’s obsession with reversing every regulation put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was the Obama FCC that put net neutrality in place.

While the Senate is just one vote away from passing a resolution to restore net neutrality, the Congressional Review Act gives the Senate only 60 days to vote on reversing a decision made by an independent …

DOJ sues to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner; is this Trump's payback for his CNN vendetta?

In October of last year, AT&T announced an $85.4 billion bid to purchase Time Warner. At the time, Donald Trump was the GOP candidate for the presidency, and he vowed to block the transaction if he was to become president. “It’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few,” Trump said at the time. The day after the election, we revisited the matter and wondered whether President Trump would follow though on his pledge. Trump’s personal animosity toward Time Warner’s CNN has recently led to reports that his administration would allow the deal to go through only if AT&T divests …

AT&T's sales numbers for the quarter suggest iPhone 8 sales are not beating any records

AT&T has reported slower sales and 900,000 fewer smartphone upgrades for the past quarter, which includes more than a week of iPhone availability.
Historically, iPhone sales are strongest in the first days of availability and in the Holiday quarter, so this is clearly a troubling sign. While AT&T does not break down unit sales by model, the iPhone has been the dominant phone on all US carriers in the past few years, so this clearly has a lot to do with lower demand for the iPhone 8.
This can be explained in …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out for AT&T's LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition

Great news for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition owners who purchase their smartwatches through AT&T, as the carrier has just announced Android Wear 2.0 is now being pushed to the wearable device.

AT&T’s LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the last version of the smartwatch received this update after Verizon released it about a month ago. Not to mention the first generation model got Android Wear 2.0 back in April.

It’s been almost seven months since Google launched Android Wear 2.0, but it looks like carriers have been delaying the release of the update for quite a long time.

Anyway, …

AT&T's refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is recalled due to counterfeit batteries

Memories of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalls will resurface once you hear the story about the AT&T refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 4. 10,200 units of this refurbished phone had to be voluntarily recalled through the FedEx Supply Chain. These units were shipped to consumers by Federal Express from December 2016 through April of this year to replace units that the carrier’s device replacement insurance agreed to replace.

The problem with these units is that the third party battery used to power up these refurbished Galaxy Note 4 models are counterfeit. If one of these phones were …

Consumer advocacy groups ask Attorney General Sessions to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

Several consumer advocacy groups have written U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to block AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner. The groups worry that AT&T would lose the incentive to widely distribute Time Warner programming after closing on the $85.4 billion transaction. The seven groups asking Sessions to block the deal include Common Cause, Consumer Federation of America, Consumers Union, Public Knowledge and other groups.

In a letter written to the Attorney General, executives of the seven firms said that approving the deal could lead to a stifling of innovation in the …

The Cingular Flip 2 is AT&T's newest clamshell phone

AT&T recently released a brand new clamshell phone (aka flip phone) aimed at users who simply don’t need a smartphone. 

Called Cingular Flip 2, the handset is a rebranded Alcatel Go Flip (which was launched last month by T-Mobile), and succeeds a Cingular Flip introduced by AT&T back in 2016.

The AT&T Cingular Flip 2 features a large physical keypad, a 2.8-inch internal display with 240 x 320 pixels, and a smaller external screen of unknown resolution – good for peeking at notifications without flipping the phone open.

The new clamshell is powered …