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US awards huge contract, spurns

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded America’s biggest ever telecommunications contract – a ten year deal worth $48bn – to AT&T, Qwest and Verizon. Sprint Nextel was not chosen. Each of the winners will split $525m and pitch against one another with different federal agencies for varying contracts. Each of those government agencies […]

Mobile banking takes tentative steps

In the US, AT&T is to introduce mobile banking services through its Cingular Wireless business, in association with four banks. The deal is thought to be the biggest of its kind in the US. AT&T customers will be able to use their mobiles for basic banking services such as checking balances and transfers with any […]

AT&T offers free Napster access

US operator AT&T this week struck a deal with music download site Napster, giving customers free unlimited access to more than 3 million songs for one year. The offer starts Sunday, April 1, and is available across the company’s nationwide wireless network on select tariffs as well as via the operator’s triple lay bundles. Napster […]

Cingular wrestles with customers

AT&T’s Cingular Wireless, is expected to announce a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment on Thursday, to sell a variety of content over mobile. Cingular customers will be able to sell ringtones – including wrestlers’ voices – graphics, videos and footage from bouts. Cingular said some of the videos would be made available as part of […]

AT&T converts mobile into TV remote

Starting Tuesday, customers of AT&T in the US will be able to control their televisions using their mobile phones. Homezone, a $9.99 (£5.20) a-month service the company hopes will win back much needed cable customers, allows customers to program or delete recordings from their set-top boxes using dual-mode handsets. The service also allows users to […]

AT&T sells spectrum to Clearwire

US operator AT&T sold $300m worth of spectrum to WiMAX player Clearwire, earlier this week. The deal involved all 2.5GHz spectrum currently licensed to, or leased by, BellSouth which has now merged with AT&T and formed part of the conditions of the merger. The sale includes EBS (Education Broadband Service) spectrum, which is reserved for […]

Cingular in $31,000 billing fiasco

Cingular – soon to be AT&T Wireless once more – has celebrated the re-creation of Ma Bell by billing an 81-year old man $31,000 for calls he could not physically have made. Oliver DeSofi had been expecting a bill for some $150 when he received one for $21,042 instead. Having called the operator, he was […]

AT&T breaks out big subsidies for 3G

US operator AT&T is hoping to stir some demand in the 3G market as well as push its bundled offerings by heavily subsidising devices. On Tuesday the operator began offering up to $200 in mail-in rebates to customers who bought a 3G handset and bundled it with one of the providers ADSL broadband services. Handsets […]

AT&T offers free ca

US telco AT&T late Thursday announced unlimited free calls between its wireless and wireline subscribers. The AT&T Unity plan, which is available from Sunday, allows customers to make or receive calls for free from any AT&T wireless and wireline phone numbers nationwide without incurring additional wireline usage fees or using their wireless Anytime minutes. The […]

AT&T hails wireless era

The assimilation of BellSouth into AT&T heralds a new wireless era that will see the latter attempt to capitalise on its newly acquired wireless heritage and make advertising a key revenue stream. In a report for the Wall Street Journal, AT&T said its control of Cingular – part of the $86bn BellSouth acquisition – was […]

AT&T, BellSouth deal stalls for a third time

The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday delayed, for the third time, a vote on AT&T’s purchase of BellSouth. The deal is the subject of a fierce clash between Republicans and Democrats with the former’s FCC Chairman Kevin Martin struggling to find a compromise with his Democratic opponents. Thus far, he has failed. The parties […]

AT&T intros another IPTV service

US carrier AT&T launched its Homezone service on Wednesday, going toe to toe with the country’s cable TV providers. The Homezone bundle combines Yahoo! broadband, AT&T’s DISH satellite television and wireless home networking services in a single device. The offering is available across the company’s broadband footprint as of today. The package delivers IPTV video […]

AT&T launches America’s first internet TV service

America’s largest telecoms company, AT&T, will today launch an internet TV service that will stream content to viewers over their wireless or fixed-line broadband connections. The service will cost $20 (£10.70) per month, on top of broadband connection charges of $12.99.. The telecommunications giant said the service is being offered in the US in partnership […]

Hackers steal credit card details from AT&T

US telecoms giant AT&T said Tuesday that hackers have stolen personal data, including credit card information, from as many as 19,000 of its customers. The security breach came to light over the weekend and affects only AT&T customers who bought purchased DSL equipment through the company’s online web store. “The unauthorised electronic access took place […]

Judge dismisses ACLU spy suit

The campaign seeking to force AT&T to respond to allegations that it illegally tapped customers’ phones was struck a blow late yesterday when a US judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU suit was filed in Illinois on behalf of Chicago author Studs Terkel and other local residents, […]

AT & T sees strong Q2

Strong growth in wireless and broadband pushed AT&T’s quarterly profits, the company announced on Tuesday. The firm’s earnings, including its 60 per cent stake in Cingular Wireless, were up 35 per cent from a year earlier to 53 cents a share. AT&T said in a statement that strong subscriber growth from Cingular, boosted earnings. AT&T […]

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