In the past year, the state of 4G connectivity in the U.S seems to have improved a lot. Opensignal has published its latest Mobile Network Experience Report for the U.S. As expected the battle between Verizon and T-Mobile was very close and both the telecom operators garnered good ratings.
AT&T has finally launched its real 5G network in the US today. The service is currently available in ten cities – Birmingham, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. Users with a compatible device using AT&T’s Extra or Unlimited plans will be able to access the latest network service from the brand.
AT&T has agreed to pay $60 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle a case in which it misled customers about its unlimited data plans.
In a bid to thwart robocalls, AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out call authentication service for their subscribers on both networks. What this means is that companies will be able to notify customers that the calls they are getting from the other carrier are not spoofed and are from their own number.
Earlier this year, Verizon partnered with Apple Music and the former started offering free Apple Music with unlimited plans. Now AT&T has announced that they are bundling Spotify subscription with “Unlimited&More” plan. Meanwhile, those who don’t subscribe to the plan will still be able to get 6-month of Spotify Trial.
AT&T has emerged as the fastest U.S. mobile network in the United States in PCMag’s annual showdown between U.S. carriers. AT&T scored 97 in PCMag’s testing ahead of Verizon’s 94 and T-Mobile’s 91.
FCC Demanding More Information From AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Regarding Phone Location Data
Location data can be a contentious subject, especially when it comes to who has access to it. Where that data goes beyond, say, a wireless carrier, is important. And now the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is demanding more information regarding that data from the biggest wireless carriers in the U.S.
Right now, wireless carriers offer a set price and customers expect the best possible network speeds when available. If a plan is tiered, it’s usually based on the amount of high-speed data you get on a monthly basis (with reduced speeds after that set allotment). But if AT&T’s CEO has any say in the matter, there might be even more tiers for phone plans in the future thanks to 5G.
AT&T officially welcomed what it calls “5G Evolution”, which is showcased with a “5G E” label on some smartphones, not too long ago. And it immediately led many to call out nonsense.
Sprint has taken out a full-page open letter ad in the Sunday’s edition of The New York Times calling out AT&T for its misleading “5GE” network indicator. With the iOS 12.2 beta update, iPhones on AT&T network have started showing the ‘5GE’ indicator instead of LTE. Some Galaxy phones will also receive a software update to make this change.