AT&T Offering Free Wi-Fi to Smartphones in Times Square
AT&T has announced plans to launch free Wi-Fi throughout the Time Square area of New York City to its smartphone customers. AT&T said the move is to help alleviate network congestion. "It's a very large data off-load in a venue where traditionally data would go over our old voice and data network," says Mike Maus, who manages AT&T's New York network. The hotspot is located near 7th Avenue between 45th and 47th Streets. According to AT&T, smartphones that have the Wi-Fi radio turned on will automatically switch to the Wi-Fi network for data sessions. There is no charge associated with using the Wi-Fi network.
AT&T Says 'Unlimited' Customers Can Use 22GB Before Throttling
AT&T has revised its network management policies in a way that benefits select customers. Moving forward, subscribers with legacy unlimited data plans can safely consume 22GB of data before encountering potential throttling.
Verizon Offering Bonus Data to Family Plan Subscribers
Verizon Wireless says families of four can get 16 GB of mobile data for $150 per month thanks to a new bonus data promotion. Verizon charges $70 per month for its 8 GB (or, L) plan.
Virgin Mobile Offering Unlimited Cellular Music Streaming
Virgin Mobile USA today announced Data Free Music, a program that lets customers stream an unlimited amount of music over the cellular network with no impact on their data plan. The idea is similar to one from T-Mobile.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
AT&T Tweaks Throttling Policy for Unlimited Customers
AT&T today altered the wording of its network management policies such that customers with grandfathered-in "unlimited" plans won't be throttled as aggressively. Under the old policy, AT&T throttled the speeds of unlimited LTE 4G customers once they exceeded 5 GB of data in a single month.