Mobile World Congress may be an international event, but second-place U.S. carrier is certainly making its presence known in Barcelona this week as it unveils two new initiatives for global travelers and stateside customers alike.
The nation's second-place wireless carrier proves that it can still shock and awe by introducing new contact-free family plans that are actually cheaper than rivals while offering more data in some cases.
Americans have become accustomed to getting cheap smartphones by signing their souls away to a carrier for two years, but the times, they are a-changing -- and AT&T foresees a time when subsidies will no longer be so lucrative.
Say what you want about T-Mobile's "Uncarrier" initiative, but it's starting to produce a ripple effect cross the entire wireless industry -- with the latest benefitting AT&T customers looking to free themselves from contracts.
The world of wireless devices is changing rapidly, and carriers have to move quickly with it or face extinction. But rather than making big, bold moves like scrappy T-Mobile, AT&T is phasing out traditional plans and forcing new customers onto Mobile Share.
The very concept of in-app purchases is a great one, assuming you're interested in buying what the seller has to offer that way in the first place. But almost every month, it seems like some little kid gets their hands on mom or dad's iPad and goes on a spending spree, and more often than not, Apple winds up on the hook for the charges. Haven't these people ever heard of parental controls?
The tech world had a rather amusing reaction to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins calling the iPhone's user interface dated on Monday, especially considering how long the smartphone maker formerly known as Research in Motion had let its own mobile OS languish. But there was plenty of other interesting news to start off the week, so let's fly through a recap of five more stories right now...
iOS 6 has yet to even be released and already, AT&T is finding the update controversial with its plans to only allow FaceTime over cellular connections from the carrier's new Mobile Share data plans, which launch on Thursday.
It's not much of a surprise, especially now that rival Verizon Wireless has already introduced their own service, but AT&T has finally made good on its promise to introduce shared data plans -- and won't be forcing current customers to use them if they don't want to.