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AT&T has detailed its plans for "5G" testing. The telecom giant plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer. Field trials of 5G technologies in Austin, TX will begin before the end of this year. AT&T expects the new technology to deliver wireless speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than 4G LTE offerings, with lower latency in the range of one to five milliseconds.
Current non-practicing entity, and the holder of defunct Digifonica's patent portfolio, Voip-Pal has filed patent infringment lawsuits against Apple, Verizon, and AT&T over an assortment of law enforcement surveillance, emergency calling, and VOIP routing patents. The suits, filed in the Federal District Court in Las Vegas, are seeking over $7 billion dollars in royalty payments from the three companies.
Wireless carrier AT&T appears to be completely retiring two-year contract subsidized phone plans. According to leaked employee documents, effective January 8, 2016 the only purchase plans that will remain are full-price purchases, or installment plans through the AT&T Next program. This casts a pallor over existing unlimited data-plan holdouts, as any transition to AT&T Next invalidates the older contract with the unlimited data, leaving only full-price purchases of devices as an option.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking into how telecommunications providers offer free allocations of data to their subscribers. AT&T, Comcast, and T-Mobile have all been sent requests by the FCC for more information about these programs operate, with the possibility that the carriers and cable companies providing them to customers may be doing so against net neutrality principles.
AT&T is planning to make its gigabit-speed Internet service available in more cities, by aiming to bring it to 38 new metropolitan areas by the end of next year. The expansion, which aims to head off the expansion plans of competitors such as Google Fiber, will bring the total number of AT&T GigaPower locations up to 56 areas, if the proposed network upgrades and construction in all of the new locations go ahead.
T-Mobile is offering big bonuses to AT&T subscribers in an attempt to make them switch services, the carrier has revealed in its latest Un-carrier Unwrapped announcement. The latest deal to poach customers is leveled solely at AT&T, with the offer of an iPhone 6s with 128GB of storage for the same price as the 16GB model, representing a saving of $200 off the normal price of the smartphone, among other offers.
AT&T is increasing the rate of its unlimited data plans by $5, bringing the cost of the now-discontinued plan to $35. Blaming higher amounts of data usage by consumer and business customers, the carrier will be making the change from February next year, affecting all customers grandfathered into the plan since it ended, and will in fact be the first increase in price for the unlimited data plan in a seven-year period.
Pebble has added the ability to respond to text messages on an iPhone via the Pebble Time smartwatch range, but only to a limited number of users. US-based owners with a post-paid AT&T account are able to beta test iOS Text Reply, a feature that lets users either select a pre-defined text reply to incoming messages appearing within the iOS Messages app, or respond with a voice reply by speaking directly into the smartwatch.
AT&T is offering its subscribers a way to increase their data allowance, in exchange for their opinions and other actions. The carrier's Data Perks app allows users to earn data by filling out surveys or taking up certain shopping offers, with provided data added to a bank that can be transferred to the main allowance of a data plan whenever the user wishes.
AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling for some of its customers, shortly after receiving a waiver from the FCC concerning some regulatory aspects of the service. Confirmed in a blog post, users on iOS 9 devices with a postpaid wireless account set up for HD Voice are now able to make their calls over Wi-Fi if cellular connections are unavailable. Users will be able to make and receive calls through their existing number over Wi-Fi, with no additional charges being applied on calls to US numbers.