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AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans (a.k.a. I hate you AT&T)

1 Mar

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans.

AT&T Will Throttle Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T on Thursday put limits on its Unlimited Data plans, slowing speeds for 3G and 4G customers who exceed 3 GB in a billing cycle and capping 4G LTE customers at 5 GB.

On a support page explaining the move, the carrier stressed that “you’ll still be able to use as much data as you want. That won’t change.”

Previously, AT&T had only slowed the speeds of customers who were in the top 5% of their respective markets, a practice known as throttling. Despite the changes, AT&T insists that 95% of smartphone users won’t be throttled. The change came about because “customers had told us that more clarity would be helpful,” an AT&T rep says.

Those that are affected will receive a text message explaining that their usage is near 3 GB (or 5GB for LTE users). Exceeding that threshold “will result in reduced data speeds, though you’ll still be able to email and surf the web.”

AT&T isn’t disclosing how fast speeds will run for users who have been throttled.

SEE ALSO: Your Bandwidth Will Be Throttled. Here’s Why.

Citing the strain on its network wrought by data-hungry iPhones, AT&T began throttling data for its top 5% of users last month, a practice also followed by Verizon. (Sprint, meanwhile, throttles just the top 1% of data hogs.)

Predictably, many AT&T customers have been riled by the move, citing the plan’s claim to “unlimited data.”

Though AT&T’s contract forbids such users from joining in a class-action suit, a California man last week successfully sued AT&T in small claims court, receiving a judgment worth $850.

Verizon just gobbled up $3.6 billion in wireless spectrum. Could it get any better for Verizon customers or any worse for AT&T customers?

2 Dec

Verizon Gobbles Up $3.6 Billion in Wireless Spectrum.

Fortunately, Verizon will continue to fuel its 4G LTE network with this new spectrum addition. That means stronger signal, wider coverage, and fewer dropped calls or failed data communication.

As an AT&T customer, I envy Verizon customers and really hope my wireless provider does something on its end to compete with VerizonWireless. Otherwise, I may be taking myself and my iPhone over to Verizon after my contract ends.

Calling it now: Bendable OLED screens by Samsung are the future. Maybe even more than Apple. Who needs wallpaper or dining cloths? In 2012, bend your Samsung phone into your pocket.

6 Nov

 

 

 

 

Over the years, consumers have demanded two things from their gadgets: that they be smaller, and that they be more flexible. While companies such as LG are already developing things like flexible e-newspapersSamsung is looking to move ahead of the pack by developing a kinetic, bendable, OLED phone that can fold over without any risk of cracking the screen or damaging the components within.

The idea was first presented at the CES 2011 tech show, where Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Skin concept phone. While it is unlikely that the flexible phones of the future will look like it, the Skin gives us a good idea of what to expect. But when can we expect these bendy phones? Turns out as early 2012!

During a company results conference, investor relations chief Robert Yi said of the flexible phone, “We are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part.”

While finding anything concrete on what flexible phones will feature is hard — particularly considering that they are still in the development stage — most tech sites seem to agree that flexi-phones will likely be around 8 mm thick and could come with a new Android OS, 16 to 32 GB of memory, an 8-Mega-pixel camera and a screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Samsung’s earlier demonstrations have shown off OLED screens that can be folded over, and they have been bent into just about any position the wearer wants — including as a bracelet or as a media stand.

Nokia is also working on a similar concept, indicating that not only is the technology of the future wireless, but it will also be flexible.

  • OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) have revolutionized screens and displays of all sorts – including televisions and telephones. Up until recently, the most efficient way to produce, bright, long-lasting OLEDs was to use glass – but researchers have been hard at work putting that technology on flexible, lightweight plastics. Researchers at the University of Toronto just announced that they have developed a new way to produce flexible, plastic-based OLEDs that are inexpensive and as efficient as OLEDs made with glass. Watch an interview with the researcher after the jump.
  • Read more: Researchers Develop the World’s Most Efficient Flexible OLED | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Read more: Samsung to Launch Flexible OLED Cell Phone in 2012 | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World 

Samsung to Launch Flexible OLED Cell Phone in 2012 | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.

Google Wallet Will Give You $10 Just For Trying It

1 Nov

Google Wallet, the company’s NFC solution that lets people use phones to make payments, is going on tour and offering people $10 just to try it out.

Unfortunately, you’re only in luck if you live in NY, D.C., LA, Chicago, or San Fran.

But they’ll be at Jamba Juices, Walgreens, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Duane Reade, Foot Locker, Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market and more… so demo Google Wallet and GET $10!

Try Out Google Wallet in Your City | Google Commerce.

Calendar of Events:
All event times, regardless of location, are in Eastern time, and events are subject to change. We’ll be in each city during the following dates:

  • New York: Oct. 17 – Nov. 13
  • Chicago: Oct. 17 – Nov. 13
  • Washington, DC: Nov. 15 – Dec. 12
  • San Francisco: Nov. 15 – Dec. 12
  • Los Angeles: Dec. 14 – Jan. 12
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