AT&T’s secret, cheap web service

It emerged this week that US carrier AT&T has been forced to offer a basic DSL internet service at $10 a month, compared to its current pricing of $20. The cheap DSL plan apparently forms part of the concessions AT&T agreed to, to get the FCC to sign off its merger with BellSouth. Unsurprisingly, the […]

AT&T admits to spy room

Finally, months after the shock revelation that AT&T had secretly installed a ‘spy room’, which allowed it to monitor a chunk of all domestic internet traffic, and the resultant legal pushback, out came the truth. On Wednesday, AT&T ceased attempts to seal the documents that technician Mark Klein took away when he retired from the […]

iPhone will be locked to partner networks

Apple has dashed the hopes of consumers everywhere planning to pick up an iPhone without signing up for an AT&T subscription. A revelation by Charles Dunstone, chief executive of UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse, shows that Apple’s reach extends far beyond the handset and deep into the network itself. During Carphone’s results announcement Wednesday, Dunstone […]

Prepay iPhone on the cards

It looks like any US consumer will be able to get their hands on the Apple iPhone when it launches next month, not just those on AT&T contracts. Leaked screen shots that purport to be of AT&T’s internal accounts system have appeared on the internet, apparently showing the price plans on which the US carrier […]

Whitacre to leave AT&T in June

Edward Whitacre, chief executive of AT&T and a 43 year veteran of the US telco is to step down from his post in June. Chief operating officer, Randall Stephenson, will replace him as both chief executive and chairman. Whitacre, who earned over $31m in pay last year, is expected to receive a $158m retirement package […]

AT&T zaps Cingular for business

US telco AT&T’s separate mobile and fixed brands are at an end, at least as far as businesses are concerned. Since the mega-merger late last year, it has been the company’s policy to mash its assorted logos into the AT&T name, with the Cingular Wireless mobile brand being first on the list. Now, the first […]

Prodi gets wish as AT&T pulls out of TI deal

AT&T announced Monday that it was pulling out of its proposed purchase of Telecom Italia (TI) which has faced strong opposition from the country’s centre-left government. The American telecoms giant was hoping to buy a stake in Olimpia which controls TI but Pirelli, which owns Olimpia, said AT&T had withdrawn from the purchase citing possible […]

AT&T will partner Italian to achieve TI goal – report

AT&T has told a newspaper that it is open to Italian partners, in its proposed purchase of Telecom Italia. The American giant has, thus far, partnered Mexico’s America Movil but has stirred deeply protectionist views on the future of the Italian incumbent. Earlier this week, Italian ministers rounded on the proposal claiming it was bad […]

Europe’s biggest circle Telecom Italia

Two of Europe’s biggest telecoms firms are understood to be circling Telecom Italia (TI) in a bid to counteroffer AT&T/America Movile’s £2bn play for the Italian incumbent. France Telecom and Spanish operator, Telefonica, have contacted Italian banks and insurers in an attempt to create a consortium that is acceptable to the Italian government, according to […]

Ministers vow to keep TI Italian

Italy’s desire to keep its largest telecoms group from slipping into foreign control saw ministers and government leaders pledging to block a Eur 4.5bn (£3.04bn) bid from two North American companies Monday. No sooner had AT&T and America Movil stepped up to buy Telecom Italia (TI) when communications minister Paolo Gentiloni said Italy had to […]

Pirelli in talks to sell TI stake

Pirelli said it held exclusive talks with AT&T and Mexico’s America Movil late Sunday to sell off two-thirds of its stake in Telecom Italia (TI). Pirelli controls an 18 pct stake in Telecom Italia through the holding company Olimpia SpA. In the last few months various suitors have been associated with TI, including Spanish incumbent, […]

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 […]


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