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AT&T’s Plan for NYC Data Congestion: Free Wi-Fi

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AT&T is rolling out a stopgap solution to its ongoing service woes in at least one major market: they hope to alleviate data congestion issues by blanketing New York City’s Times Square with free Wi-Fi.

Any current AT&T customers with 3G smartphones or mobile broadband cards, or who have AT&T as their high speed Internet provider, will be able to hop on to what is essentially a giant hotspot being installed in the north central area of Times Square. Smartphone users should even automatically be switched over from 3G service and connected to the hotspot when they come within acceptable range.

For now it’s just a pilot project, but if all goes well the company has said it will be considering free Wi-Fi implementations in other congested major markets in the U.S. It’s an interesting solution that shows the carrier is more than well aware of the service issues faced by customers in crowded locations, but it does leave other parts of the city (and country) out of luck for now.

What do you think of the idea of alleviating cell bandwidth woes by providing free Wi-Fi? And would it be enough to prevent mass exodus if AT&T were to lose iPhone exclusivity?

[via Boy Genius Report]

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AT&T agrees to provide unlocks for all devices minus iPhone

new-att-logo2Thanks to a settlement of a pre-trial class action lawsuit, AT&T today agreed that it will provide unlocks to pre- and post-paid customers provided a specific set of criteria are met. Pre-paid customers must provide proof of purchase of their locked handset, while post-paid subscribers are required to have their accounts in good standing and have “completed a minimum of 90 days of active service.” That’s all fine and well, right? Well, there’s one sticky issue that’s sure to cheese off more than a few people. According to the settlement, “handsets for which AT&T has an exclusive sales arrangement with a manufacturer of less than 10 months will have to wait until the 10-month period expires before they can receive an unlocking code.” This means that if AT&T has an exclusivity period which extends beyond 10 months — as is the case with the iPhone and the BlackBerry Bold 9000 — then AT&T is not obligated to issue an unlock. Sucks, but not exactly surprising, now is it?[Via Consumerist] ReadTkDuNImOi48

Internet Tethering for AT&T Customers to Finally Arrive with iPhone OS 4.0?

One item spotted in the latest iPhone 4.0 Beta is a new configuration page for Internet Tethering. The page alerts AT&T customers that in order to set up internet tethering, you need to contact AT&T at 611 or visit AT&T’s website. The new message seems to indicate that AT&T may finally be ready to deliver […]


AT&T gets serious about HSPA+, vows it will reach 250m people by end of 2010


We’ve known for quite some time that AT&T was planning to step up its 3G network in a big way over the coming months, but we didn’t exactly think it would be as big of an improvement as Engadget and Gizmodo are reporting. Apparently AT&T’s Operations CEO John Stankey was at a Reuters event in New York City and mentioned AT&T is going to more than double the speeds of its current 7.2Mbps 3G network by the time we’re all chucking out our 2010 calendars. AT&T’s made great strides in fixing its network in the past few months, and while we don’t expect it to be anything like T-Mobile’s 21Mbps network, but we’d be pretty happy if it meant that all of the 250 million people Stankey had a network with theoretical speeds hovering around 14.4Mbps.

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LG Aloha spotted at the FCC, on its way to AT&T?

When we first learned Verizon was launching an Android phone made by LG, many assumed it was the LG “Aloha”, but it actually turned out to be the LG Ally. There is still another high-end LG Android coming which has gone by many names including Aloha, Eclipse, C710, and LU2300. No matter what you call it, LG’s high-end phone is said to feature Android 2.1, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and sliding QWERTY keyboard.

A new phone spotted on the FCC’s site with the model number LG-C710h appears to headed for AT&T. The LG C710 supports WCDMA bands II and V (1900/850) which are the same frequencies used for AT&T’s 3G network.

LG has told us they wanted to greatly expand their Android lineup across all the major U.S. carriers, so this phone fits in with their plan. AT&T currently offers six LG phones through their online store, so we know the companies have a strong working relationship.

AT&T only has one Android phone on the market (the Motorola Backflip), but we are starting to lose count of all the rumored launches that are coming. Between the Samsung Galaxy S, Dell Streak 5, and future exclusive HTC Phone, AT&T customers should have a lot of options to choose from later this year.

Rumored specs include of the LG Aloha C710 include:

  • Android 2.1
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3.5-inch AMOLED 800×480 touch display
  • Sliding 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 720p HD DivX compatible playback
  • WiFi, GPS, DMB tuner

LG LU2300

Is another Snapdragon slider coming?