Tag Archives: AT&T

AT&T to buy T-Mobile: not a good sign

In the tech news here this week is the announcement that US telecom giant AT&T is buying smaller mobile carrier T-Mobile, which will reduce the number of nationwide major carriers to three (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, though Sprint is smaller than the “big two”). Ars Technica reports all the ugly details of this, and why such a merger is a bad idea: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/analysis-higher-prices-fewer-choices-once-att-swallows-t-mobile.ars As the article (and a million other people online) have noted by now, this is definitely a bad thing for the already-sorry…

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AT&T dropping Usenet

According to what I’ve read online (no email from AT&T on the subject), AT&T (my ISP) is dropping Usenet service as of July 15th. While Usenet’s popularity has dropped in recent years, imagine it couldn’t be costing that much to keep the text-only, non-binaries groups going. Suspect it’s probably just another money-grubbing tactic by ISPs (a la not offering personal web page space for users anymore) or the assumption that the Internet = the Web. Granted, if AT&T didn’t have any regrets (or shame) about…

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Apple announces new iPhone (now with GPS)

At a keynote speech today, Steve Jobs of Apple Computer announced a new version of the iPhone will be coming out, featuring various new features (including GPS), as well as a plastic (vs. brushed-metal) back. First generation iPhones will be allowed to upgrade to the new iPhones’ software for free; the upgrade is also being offered for the iPod Touch, albeit for a $10 fee. The new iPhones will also be offered at a lower price, $199 for an 8 GB model and $299 for…

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