With T-Mobile's newly unveiled global data roaming plan, the carrier is hoping to turn a weakness into an advantage.
That weakness -- the lack of business users and heavy travelers wealthy enough to pay those hefty roaming fees -- is exactly what allowed T-Mobile to offer free, unlimited data outside of the US, according to CEO John Legere.
T-Mobile on Wednesday night announced the global data roaming feature at a splashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park, which was decked out in magenta lights and featured performances from DJ Swizz Beats and singer Shakira. The park was packed with … Read more
If you thought airlines and hotels were sneaky and stingy about the fees they impose on their customers, just take a close look at your next wireless bill.
What you'll find in addition to the taxes and fees the government requires you pay on top of your cell phone bill are charges that your wireless operator has also tacked onto the bottom of the bill. All four of the major U.S. operators now add some sort of "below the line" charge to their customers' phone bills.
These fees are not considered part of the service fee … Read more
AT&T is trying to do its part to help victims of the Oklahoma's massive tornado.
The carrier will bring in extra telecommunications resources to the affected area and will waive overage charges for affected customers through June 30.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado," the company said Tuesday. "We are coordinating with local authorities and bringing in additional resources. We recommend text messaging for communications with family, friends, and loved ones given heavy call volumes."
AT&T subscribers who want to aid the Red Cross in its … Read more
Live-television streaming service Aereo is revving up its fight against major U.S. broadcasters.
The company took out a full-page ad in the front section of The New York Times on Tuesday, making a case as to why its business isn't breaking copyright law.
"People have enjoyed the right to access over-the-air broadcast television using an antenna for over 70 years," the ad says. "About 54 million Americans use some sort of antenna to watch TV. This is not piracy. This has been part of the American way since the beginning of broadcasting."
Aereo is … Read more
In an effort to make billions of dollars by suing Facebook, Paul Ceglia is actually putting a large dent in his own wallet.
Federal Magistrate Leslie Foschio ordered Ceglia to pay the social network almost $90,000 in attorney fees today, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The order comes because of Ceglia's last-minute cancellation of legal depositions that Facebook had already paid its lawyers to do. Foschio also ordered Ceglia to reimburse an additional $7,000 in travel and lodging expenses for the social network's experts that were to be deposed.
Ceglia is suing Facebook with the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Fat fingers to blame for upping mobile ad clicks.
- Andreessen Horowitz invests $15 million in Web site Rap Genius.
- San Francisco's Weiner tries to ban exposed genitals.
- How New Yorkers can beat Time Warner's bullish modem rental fee.
Just how much did both Apple and Samsung spend in their massive U.S. trial against each other? A new filing provides just a peek at Apple's going rates, and spoiler alert: it's a chunk of change.
As part of a procedural filing about how much Apple's law firm in the case, Morrison & Foerster, spent working on just a single motion requesting sanctions against Samsung, the firm detailed what 10 of its staff did by task. That includes hours worked, and how much everyone was paid for that time.
All told, the bill for just that … Read more