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Nokia 3310 hands-on: not the retro featurephone you’re looking for

On Sunday afternoon, Nokia’s new Finnish overlord, HMD Global, confirmed what many rumors said before the kickstart of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The iconic Nokia 3310 is being revived this year, under HMD Global’s version of Nokia. Unfortunately, it looks less like Nokia’s big comeback, and more like a phone that just plain sucks.

Yes, it’s true, there’s a new Nokia 3310 in town, one that’s so special to HMD Global that it was unveiled only at the end of an otherwise great press conference that showed us a brand new, bold version of Nokia.

Nokia’s “one more thing” moment on Sunday was, for better or worse, a great albeit unoriginal marketing trick. What better way to fire up the dormant Nokia fans out there than by reviving an iconic phone that became the go-to device for instant communications for millions of people around the world?

AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as “unlimited” to all their customers. But while I’m reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), ATT’s plan could better be described as a “22GB data plan but you can’t actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop” plan.

Admittedly, it’s not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

When ATT announced the plan yesterday, it didn’t give us all of the pricing details or restrictions on that unlimited data. But now that the plan is available, we can see specifics, and it suddenly looks like less of a good deal.

Let’s start with the fine print. There’s a lot of it, which you can examine in detail here, but two

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AT&T GoPhone Now Offers $60 “Unlimited” Plan, 6GB Plan for $40 (Updated)

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ATT introduced two new prepaid GoPhone plans today, one with unlimited data and another with 6GB of data. The unlimited plan is very much like the Unlimited Choice plan that was offered to regular ATT customers a couple of week back, which is the nice way of me saying you’ll want no part of it if you like downloading things in a hurry. 

The unlimited plan runs $60 per month as long as you sign-up for autopay. According to an ATT press release, the plan includes unlimited data usage, but all of the data is slowed to just 3Mbps at all times. On top of that, your video streams will always stream at no higher than 480p and you’ll potentially be slowed further should you use more than 22GB of data in a month.

On a related note, ATT added a

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Best and worst cities for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon … – CNET

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Think “speed” and Indianapolis, and there’s a good chance you’ll conjure up the Indiana city’s famous speedway, which has

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AT&T announces new DirecTV Now promo with free HBO for a year or $5 off per month

ATT today announced a pair of new promotions for existing DirecTV Now subscribers. Starting this month, subscribers will receive either a $5 off credit for 6 months or free HBO for 12 months. The company made the announcement on its Community Forums website this afternoon.

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Here’s it works: If you subscribe to DirecTV Now’s “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” plans, you will receive free HBO for 12 months. If you already pay for HBO, however, the $5 per month charge will automatically be credited at the end of each payment period.

You’re getting HBO included with your existing service for one full year starting at the end of your prepayment period. You literally don’t need to do a single thing other than enjoy all of HBO with unlimited access to the most entertaining movies,

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AT&T: Google is an evil empire that must be stopped

Following up on the Federal Communications Commission’s continuing investigation into the legality and regulatory positioning of Google Voice, telecommunications giant ATT addressed the FCC with a document entitled, “The Truth About Google Voice and the Open Internet Principles.” (PDF available here, hosted by the Washington Post.) It reads quite like any other publication with a title like “The Truth About…” complete with all the shock and vitriol of a propaganda pamphlet.

ATT claims that Google needs to stop blocking certain outbound Google Voice calls. Google claims that it blocks certain connections which are too expensive for a free service to connect to; and furthermore, as an Internet-based service, the issue is out of the FCC’s jurisdiction anyway.

ATT’s problem with Google Voice is that it, as well as the other national telephone companies, cannot block these access numbers, and have to pay the high fees that Google Voice has been

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FCC: DirecTV Now Plan Appears to Violate Net Neutrality Order

A new report out of the FCC’s Wireless Bureau advises that ATT’s DirecTV Now sponsored data plan appears to violate the Open Internet order per its general conduct standard. But a new, Republican-led FCC, is unlikely to second that opinion.


The Wheeler FCC concluded its long-standing review of zero rating business plans Wednesday (Jan. 11) expressing “no concern with zero-rating per se,” but plenty of concerns with ATT’s sponsored data plan and Verizon’s FreeBee Data 360.


The Wireless Bureau report concluded that: “The limited information we have obtained to date…tends to support a conclusion opposite from ATT’s contentions – namely, that ATT offers Sponsored Data to third party content providers at terms and conditions that are effectively less favorable than those it offers to its affiliate,” and said that “the structure of Verizon Wireless’s FreeBee Data 360 sponsored data program offering may pose concerns for the same reasons as ATT’s Sponsored Data

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Why Google Is the New Evil Empire

“We don’t need you to type at all because we know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less guess what you’re thinking about … Is that over the line?” – Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away there was a Galactic Empire, a beady-eyed Emperor and his heavy-breathing sidekick, Darth Vader. Ever since, we’ve identified the corporate villains we love to hate. We had ATT (T) in the 70s, IBM (IBM) in the 80s, and the evil empire of the 90s was of course Microsoft (MSFT)and Bill “The Conqueror” Gates.  

Today we have Google (GOOGL). Don’t let the geeky façade, whimsical multicolored logo and “don’t be evil” mantra fool you. Google may very well be the most sinister threat and wicked incarnation of them all.

In an interview with the Atlantic almost five years ago,

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You: “AT&T = Evil Empire” AT&T CSR: “No Problem, Have A Great Day!”

Rhett was trying to order $10 DSL for his mom when he got the fabled “$10 DSL Runaround.”

Rhett writes:

My mother recently moved to a new home and was trying to decide which provider she should choose to provide internet service. I told her that because of ATT’s recent merger, they had to provide $10 DSL to new subscribers. I warned her it would be a little difficult because despite the low price offer, ATT often tries to get people to pay more. She called them this afternoon and they told her that she was eligible for the offer, but should would have to sign up for it online. My mother brought up the point that she was not able to get online, and in fact, that was the reason she was calling them in the first place. The rep basically told her that

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T-Mobile Takes Aim at AT&T with Death Star for Google Chrome – Android Headlines

As any Star Wars fan would let you know, today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. The Internet will once again be filled with “May the Fourth be with you” wishes and memes, and a lot of popcorn will be popped by fans of the series who may plan a new Star Wars viewing marathon by the end of the day. Funnily enough, this year it looks like T-Mobile also decided to use this opportunity to target ATT with another wacky joke. As you may already know, T-Mobile CEO, John Legere, previously referred to ATT as the Death Star due to the carrier’s logo, but now the company went one extra creative step forward and launched an extension for Google Chrome which, when active, replaces the “ATT” text on nearly any webpage with the text “The DeATTh Star”.

The Chrome extension can be downloaded on the desktop version

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