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AT&T Unite Explore (Netgear AC815S) Review & Rating | PCMag.com

The ATT Unite Explore ($199.99) shows why you need a mobile hotspot. In an era of smartphones with hotspot mode, the Unite Explorealso known as the Netgear AC815Sshows the battery, range, network, and signal advantages that justify getting a separate hotspot when you really need Internet access for a family or group. It’s not only the best hotspot for ATT, but the best hotspot in terms of hardware you can get right now. This earns it our Editors’ Choice recommendation.

Design and Features
The Unite Explore is a rugged little brick at 4.5 by 2.8 by 0.8 inches and 6.3 ounces. It’s covered in rubber bumpers and is splash resistant, though not dunkable. On the

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iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus New Complaints Cite Disconnected Calls, Bluetooth Connectivity Issues And More

While the demand for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets is skyrocketing, several owners of Apple’s newest smartphones are already experiencing issues with their devices, ranging from data usage interruptions, disconnected calls and even Bluetooth connectivity issues. 

According to MacRumors, Verizon subscribers who own either the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus are experiencing major problems with their handsets’ LTE connectivity. Disgruntled owners are reportedly sharing the issues on Reddit, Apple Support Communities and MacRumors’ own online forum.

One of the complaints MacRumors cited was from Reddit user Kangalex who claimed that an annoying problem with the new iPhone is it fails to automatically connect to LTE when the device is out of WiFi range. The Reddit user mentioned that though Verizon replaced the device’s SIM, the issue still persists as though the defect lies with the iPhone’s

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Google gets trolled by AT&T over Google Fiber

Google is a whiny, ignorant, wet-behind-the-ears prima donna headed for a reckoning at the hands of the heroic ATT.

At least that’s the story the telecommunications behemoth is telling, in a humorous but pointed poke in the eye to Google, delivered via a blog post.

Google and ATT have been battling over Google’s attempts to access, for its Google Fiber ultra-high-speed internet service, utility poles ATT and other Google competitors control.

It is amid this high-stakes fight over super-speedy internet that ATT’s blog post comes. “Between 2011 and 2015, while Google Fiber was cutting its teeth on fiber, ATT invested over $140 billion in its network, building to over one million route miles of fiber globally and deploying ultra-high-speed fiber-fed GigaPower broadband services, reaching over a hundred cities,” said the post by ATT vice-president of federal regulatory issues Joan Marsh. “Google Fiber will no doubt continue its broadband experiments, while coming

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AT&T: FCC’s Flawed BDS Analysis Prompts Irrational Results …

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Fethullah Gülen: Turkey coup may have been ‘staged’ by Erdoğan regime

Fethullah Gülen, the reclusive cleric blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the failed coup in Turkey, has said the uprising by members of the country’s military could have been “staged” by the government.

In a rare and brief interview on Saturday with a small group of journalists at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gülen rejected all accusations that he was behind the coup attempt.

“I don’t believe that the world believes the accusations made by President Erdoğan,” Gülen said. “There is a possibility that it could be a staged coup and it could be meant for further accusations [against Gülen and his followers].”

Gülen, who leads from exile a popular movement called Hizmet and split from Erdoğan over a corruption scandal in 2013, spoke in a small prayer room, lined with woven rugs and decorated with Islamic calligraphy and leather-bound religious books.

... read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/16/fethullah-gulen-turkey-coup-erdogan

T-Mobile responds to AT&T’s upcoming 2G shutdown with free service for IoT customers

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T-Mobile is no stranger to poking fun at the other major U.S. competitors and the moves that they make, and today T-Mo is putting ATT in its sights.

T-Mobile says that it’s “throwing a lifeline” to ATT Internet of Things (IoT) customers but offering them free 2G service through the end of 2016. This includes up to 50MB per device per month and free SIM cards.

If you’re an ATT customer that’s interested in migrating your IoT devices to T-Mobile’s 2G network, you can fill out this form.

ATT ... read more at: http://www.tmonews.com/2016/09/t-mobile-att-2g-network-shutdown-free-service-iot-customers/

5 upcoming Android phones that are worth waiting for

It’s an interesting time to be an Android acolyte. The iPhone 7 is perhaps the most divisive iPhone ever, thanks to its infuriating decision to remove the headphone jack, causing more people to consider the alternative operating system. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one of the flagship Android phones, is literally bursting into flames. Seems like a no-win situation.

However, while the glut of different Android phones has its drawbacks (fragmentation mostly) the upside is you’re not limited to one questionable piece of hardware if you want a phone powered by that little green robot. So, with Android Nougat out and the holidays closer than you think, here are five upcoming Android phones worth waiting for.

Google Pixel Phone

The last time we updated this list we highlighted Google Project Ara, a completely modular smartphone that would allow users to customize nearly all aspects of

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Scripps Added to DirecTV Now Lineup in New Carriage Deal With AT&T


The agreement “will deliver more value as an important part” of upcoming streaming services, says the telecom giant.

Telecom giant ATT and Scripps Networks Interactive said Thursday that they have reached a new multiyear carriage agreement for continued distribution of Scripps channels on ATT U-verse and DirecTV, including the upcoming DirecTV Now and DirecTV Freeview streaming services.

ATT has said it will launch three streaming services in the fourth quarter. DirecTV Now is scheduled to offer more than 100 channels for an aggressive price, ATT boss Randall Stephenson said Wednesday.

ATT has positioned DirecTV Now as much more than a “skinny” pay TV bundle, such as Dish Network’s Sling TV.

“This agreement forwards the goal of Scripps Networks Interactive to make our valued content available to consumers at the time and on the device of their choosing,” Henry Ahn,

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B&H Photo Will Let You Pre-Order the Unlocked LG V20 on October 2 (UPDATED)

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LG and its carrier partners in the US don’t seem to want to tell us when the V20 will be available for you and I to buy, but we are starting to get the feeling that October 2 may be the opening pre-order date. We say that because BH Photo has a new listing for the unlocked LG V20 that will go live as a pre-order on that date.

The listing doesn’t include a price or shipping date, but does mention the expected 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM. It also talks about this being GSM and CDMA equipped as the “North American Variant.” Assuming that’s true, that could mean a fully unlocked phone that works on all major carriers.

We’ll let you know if more information pops up. 

BH Photo Link

UPDATE:  BH Photo either got yelled at by LG

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AT&T CEO: Consumers Don’t Want to Pay “Multiple Times for the Same Content”


Randall Stephenson talked Wednesday at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York about the “very aggressive” price plans for upcoming streaming service DirecTV Now and cannibalization risk.

ATT chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson on Wednesday told an investor conference that the company’s DirecTV Now OTT service, set to launch in the fourth quarter, will come with a “very, very aggressive” consumer price tag but low-cost subscriber acquisition and will help the telecom giant and content companies solve key consumer frustrations in the digital age.

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York in a session that was webcast, the exec said the new service will first focus on the about 20 million homes without pay TV subscriptions in the U.S. and roll out in the next “couple” of months, but he didn’t disclose exact price

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