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Citigroup is suing AT&T in response to the telecommunication company's "thanks" program it rolled out earlier this month. In a court filing made earlier this week, the banking giant claims that the program is too close to its "thankyou" program thematically and linguistically, and will cause market confusion if AT&T is allowed to continue the program's branding.
AT&T is developing special "iPhone 7" promotions that it plans to announce in time for the expected September launch of the next-generation smartphone flagship from Apple, according to Nomura Securites analyst Jeffrey Kvaal. AT&T's total annual subscriber churn is currently running at 1.42 percent. This is a figure that AT&T is hoping to minimize, by trying to retain subscribers who could potentially leave the network for another when the next iPhone launches, while also attracting new subscribers to its network.
AT&T is streamlining its device payment plans, switching from four different options for customers to pay for their smartphones to a selection of just two. Starting from June 9, the AT&T Next with Down Payment, Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans will be replaced by a pair of plans, one confusingly called AT&T Next, and another which will offer an accelerated upgrade rate compared to Next called Next Every Year.
Accusations from T-Mobile CEO John Legere that its major rivals were throttling Netflix streams have been answered, by Netflix itself. The streaming video service admitted that videos viewed by AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers were capped, but Netflix is the company behind the decision to limit video bandwidth per customer, rather than the carriers accused by Legere, and it has throttled connection speeds to the majority of carriers around the world for the last five years.
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.