AT&T is joining the expanding field of home security and automation, introducing a wireless service that will let homeowners use their mobile devices to remotely set alarms, turn on lights or even shut off water.
The end appears near for LightSquared, one of the wireless industry's grandest and riskiest gambles.
Ben Bernanke might as well have sent a text to investors Monday that said: "OMG. Fed and QE are BFF!" Stocks surged on the hopes of more easing in the future. But maybe Verizon didn't get Bernanke's message?
AT&T increased the limits on smartphone data usage on Thursday, in an announcement that offered more clarity to customers who have been angry about throttled speeds.
This is part three of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch.
What's the cost of a $4 billion gamble gone wrong?
This is part two of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch.
This is part one of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch.
AT&T handily beat Verizon in the battle for iPhone customers last quarter, but the company lost $6.7 billion in large part due to its failed merger with T-Mobile.
The mobile data our smartphones love to suck up is once again going up in price.
The International Consumer Electronics Show, the giant gadget convention that wrapped up on Friday, has brought some frustrating news for AT&T or Sprint customers who bought a cutting-edge 4G smartphone last year.
Dropped calls and spotty service, particularly for iPhone owners, made AT&T the most hated wireless carrier in America. Here's the surprise twist: widespread, under-the-radar improvements to the company's network have quietly helped AT&T move past its infamous struggles.
For Americans who own cell phones or other mobile devices (at least 85% of the adult population, according to a new survey), 2011 ushered in a whirlwind of news.
Facing heavy resistance from the U.S. government to its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile, AT&T on Monday officially killed off the deal that would have created by far the nation's largest wireless company.
Verizon pulled a rabbit out of its corporate hat earlier this month. The wireless giant announced a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase rights to largely unused spectrum, which is like an open lane on the congested wireless Internet highway. Verizon purchased these rights from Comcast and Time Warner, two large cable-TV companies, and the smaller Bright House Networks.
AT&T remains the worst carrier in the United States, according to an annual customer satisfaction survey compiled by Consumer Reports and released on Tuesday.
In a rebuttal that didn't mince words, AT&T fired back at the Federal Communications Commission, calling its report on the company's proposed merger with T-Mobile unfair, biased, one-sided, speculative, and cherry-picked for facts.
Ma Bell's plan to buy T-Mobile may still technically be on life support. But make no mistake, AT&T's stock looks pretty dead.
The iPhone 4S is available on three major carriers, leaving potential buyers to wonder whether AT&T, Verizon or Sprint is the better network choice.
Forget the 4G marketing hype. Which U.S. carriers really offer the fastest mobile-data networks? According to a new report from RootMetrics (a company which conducts its own field tests of wireless networks), Verizon Wireless currently offers the nation's fastest 4G -- by far.
The three largest U.S. cellular carriers by subscribers sell the latest iPhone, and next week, eighth-place C Spire Wireless will join the group.
Your phone company knows where you live, what websites you visit, what apps you download, what videos you like to watch, and even where you are. Now, some have begun selling that valuable information to the highest bidder.
You want it. You want it desperately. You want it desperately, but you don't even know what it is.
AT&T's wireless customer base topped 100 million for the first time this quarter, even as iPhone sales slowed while customers waited for the new model.
Smartphones have made it more difficult to separate work from personal lives.
If you're getting the new iPhone 4S, you now have three options for wireless service: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Unfortunately, there's no app for choosing the right plan.
Technology advances quickly in the wireless industry, but animosity can fester.
Sprint hopes the iPhone is just what the doctor ordered. But it might just make Sprint even sicker.
Following a trend set by other carriers, AT&T has begun sending SMS warning messages to the top 5% of data users on its network. The message alerts consumers that they are among AT&T's top 5% that billing period, and suggests they use Wi-Fi to avoid reduced data speeds in the future.
From the ninth floor of an office building here, Verizon Wireless executives peered out of a window at the breathtaking view of the East Bay.
AT&T Mobility is saddling up for the initial launch of its faster fourth-generation data services.
In a response to the government's antitrust suit against its proposed merger with T-Mobile, AT&T issued a glowing report on the wireless industry's health -- with the sole exception of the carrier it is trying to buy.
The government's antitrust lawsuit is bad news for AT&T, but it's potentially disastrous for T-Mobile.
Someone with a standard smartphone might look with envy at the emerging breed of 3-D handsets with displays that don't require special glasses.
"I'm so happy that I don't have to be an AT&T customer."
The U.S. Department of Justice wants to roadblock AT&T's merger with T-Mobile. But does that mean the deal is off?
The U.S. government is seeking to stop AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, claiming that the deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the wireless industry.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T on Wednesday seeking to block its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.
The smartphone boom is a mixed blessing for wireless companies. While the devices have boosted data plan sales considerably, they are threatening to kill another revenue stream dead in its tracks: text messaging.
AT&T confirmed today that it will slim down its text-messaging service plans, offering customers either unlimited messages for a flat monthly fee, or a pay-per-text service.
If you're a longtime AT&T iPhone user whose unlimited data plan was grandfathered in when AT&T stopped offering unlimited plans last year, a brand new twist on your plan might seem like a pretty significant limitation after all.
MetroPCS Communications suffered a dramatic stock plunge on Tuesday after the wireless provider issued an earnings report that fell short of expectations.
A key Senate chairman says Congress needs to pass legislation to protect customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because the telephone industry has failed to prevent the practice.
There was a surprising news tidbit buried in the fine print of Apple's splashy iTunes in the Cloud announcement on Monday: You can't get it right now if you have a Verizon iPhone.
AT&T's data network won't be on par with Verizon Wireless' until 2013 or 2014, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said on Thursday.
Cell phone users -- a group that, these days, means practically everybody -- are no doubt concerned about Tuesday's news that the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
This proposed takeover puts our mobile broadband future at a crossroads. We can choose the open, competitive road best traveled, and protect American consumers, innovation and our economy, or we can choose the dead end that merely protects only AT&T and leads the rest of us back down the dirt road to Ma Bell.
AT&T on Wednesday shed more light on the long-awaited 4G network it will launch this summer, naming the first cities that will get access: Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio.
After years of restrictions, AT&T will now allow Android smartphone customers to install applications downloaded outside the official Android Market.
The federal government famously smashed up AT&T in a landmark antitrust action that completely revamped the telecom market. Almost 30 years later, is AT&T once again poised to grow so big it eclipses all rivals?
The days of all-you-can-surf broadband are vanishing.
A divided Supreme Court gave a big victory Wednesday to business interests, ruling that a cell phone carrier's arbitration clause in contracts that ban larger class-action lawsuits is permissible.
Once a year, public companies have to throw open their boardroom doors and meet with their investors. Those annual meetings give small stockholders a chance to bend the ear of corporate bigwigs, and put their own proposals up for a shareholder vote.
Verizon announced Thursday that it activated 2.2 million iPhones during the quarter, helping the company more than triple its profit from a year ago.
The latest mobile phone user survey from market research firm ChangeWave reveals similar levels of overall satisfaction between iPhone 4 users on Verizon versus those on AT&T.
It's been a tough decade for Ma Bell.
When news broke of AT&T's proposed mega-deal with T-Mobile earlier this week, investors sold Sprint stock as fast as they could get it off their hands. Shares of the country's third-largest wireless carrier dropped 13% as pundits foretold a future in which bigger carriers would batter Sprint more than they already have.
Looking for a loan? If you're a company with a decent investment grade rating, you're in luck.
Don't expect T-Mobile USA to air a commercial showing its stunning signature lady passionately accepting a marriage proposal from the AT&T guy.
With AT&T dealing for prized asset T-Mobile, Sprint's options may be down to two: buy everything smaller than it or get bought by Verizon.
AT&T's wireless network will face major challenges "in the short term" unless the carrier is able to begin integrating T-Mobile USA's infrastructure, said AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega.
A merger of AT&T and T-Mobile could transform the U.S. cellular phone landscape. CNN's Maggie Lake reports.
Among many consumer and tech bloggers, the initial reaction to AT&T's proposal to acquire T-Mobile USA was venomous -- and skeptical that such a marriage between two giants would be allowed by federal regulators.
If you're skeptical about AT&T's claims that its purchase of T-Mobile will benefit consumers, you're not alone.
Have you been wondering if that new 4G smartphone you purchased is really getting 4G speeds? Wonder no longer.
U.S. stocks rallied for a third day on Monday, as fears about Japan's damaged nuclear plants eased and investors cheered a huge merger in the telecommunications industry.
AT&T, criticized and even despised for its inability to keep up with growing mobile data usage, thinks it has found the solution to its network woes. And all it will cost the telecom giant is $39 billion and months (or even years) of regulatory hurdles.
AT&T is set to become the largest U.S. mobile network when its deal to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion is finalized.
U.S. stocks were poised to open higher Monday, as investors felt encouraged by progress in Japan's nuclear crisis and AT&T's $39 billion deal to acquire T-Mobile USA.
AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom for an estimated $39 billion in cash and stock, the companies said in a joint release Sunday.
AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom for an estimated $39 billion in cash and stocks, the companies said in a joint release Sunday.
AT&T broadband users will soon face a cap on the amount of internet data they can download a month.
If you are getting the iPad 2, are you confused about what data plan is right for you?
For downloading data, the Verizon iPhone is slower than the AT&T iPhone, and it's also slower than most other Verizon smartphones, according to a study published Monday.
Consumer Reports' made waves last week with its decision not to recommend the Verizon iPhone 4 because of the same "death grip" antenna problem that plagues AT&T's iPhone 4. But the magazine may have made the wrong call: Tests show that Verizon's version is significantly improved over its rival's.
Addicted to discounts? They're about to leap out of your e-mail and onto your mobile phone -- right as you're walking past the shop that wants to lure you in with a deal.
What if you could buy your iPhone and wireless service directly from Apple, without having to sign a contract with AT&T or Verizon? Imagine going to Google.com and buying an Android phone that comes with Google Wireless.
The Verizon iPhone and AT&T iPhone have gone head-to-head in thousands of broadband tests, and the numbers tell the story you'd expect: AT&T's network is much faster.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson called Amazon's Kindle e-reader app the "gutsiest and savviest business decision of the past decade" during a keynote address on Tuesday.
With Thursday's release of the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless, now is a pretty good time to buy a cell phone.
After years of anticipation, relatively few people waited in line Thursday morning to buy the new Verizon Wireless iPhone 4, according to anecdotal reports.
After years of rumor and speculation, the Verizon iPhone is finally on sale to the general public.
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are fighting a losing battle.
A complicated love triangle is playing out on television.
The Verizon iPhone train started rolling this week, but Apple's main smartphone competitors aren't about to be left at the station.
Lately, Verizon and AT&T have been sending confusing signals to current and would-be iPhone users about how much data service for this trendy device will cost.
AT&T locked in 4.1 million iPhone customers last quarter ahead of a looming battle royale with Verizon over Apple's iconic smartphone, the carrier reported Thursday.
Take that, AT&T! Well, sort of.
Well, it's not like we didn't see this coming.
Brennan Stehling's phone looks just like an iPhone, but his bill is nothing like the ones most smartphone customers get in the mail each month.
The interpretation of complex legal verbiage is the Supreme Court's bailiwick, but sometimes the outcome of a case falls upon the meaning of single word. The magic word in an appeal argued Wednesday was "personal," and whether it extends beyond humans to "artificial" entities like corporations.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they have filed charges against two people accused of hacking AT&T's website and harvesting the e-mail addresses of 120,000 iPad owners.
AT&T has been slow to adopt a feature that lets customers share a smartphone data signal wirelessly to other gadgets and computers.
Verizon is about to deliver a blow to AT&T when it ends the network's exclusive hold on the iPhone, but it definitely won't be the end of the world for the second largest carrier in the U.S.
If you thought Apple would be absent from the news during CES (which it traditionally doesn't attend), you were wrong.
AT&T, which has been late to the 4G race, announced detailed plans for its faster, fourth-generation network on Wednesday while showing its first 4G smartphones.
Ahead of the annual New Year's Eve celebration, wireless provider AT&T says it will expand a Wi-Fi hotspot in New York City's Times Square.
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