AT&T claims FTC has no jurisdiction over data throttling, identifies itself as a common carrier

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

In a bit of legal tap-dancing, AT&T has filed a motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) lawsuit against AT&T over data throttling on the grounds that the regulatory body lacks authority to do so. The legal grounds AT&T is basing this on is Section 5 of the FTC Act, in which a portion of that section helps draw distinction between the FTC’s jurisdiction and the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) jurisdiction.

AT&T argues that because of its company’s status as a common carrier in mobile voice communication, then its data service should as well. Mobile data has not traditionally fallen under the purview of the FCC, but AT&T is claiming that data should be under FCC authority.
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Cricket Wireless ditches Muve Music in favor of Deezer

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Music streaming service Deezer, which acquired Stitcher in October, is continuing to devour competitors. It has purchased Muve Music, the in-house music streaming service for Cricket Wireless. Muve Music became popular largely due to its bundling with Cricket Wireless plans. The carrier was able to add value for customers and this made Muve Music, believe it or not, one of the top music streaming services in the United States. With Deezer now in control, Muve Music will fade. Deezer is offering Muve Music subscribers a free 15-day trial of its service and then they can upgrade to a $6 per month subscription.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Verizon launches Galaxy Note Edge for $399.99 on a 2-year contract

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Hot on the heals of US Cellular, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon has now joined the party to launch the curved variant of Samsung’s flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note Edge, in the United States.

The handset will set you back $399.99 on any of Big Red’s two-year plans or $799.99 unlocked. You can also bag yourself one for $33.33 per month if you happen to be a member of the carrier’s Edge program.


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T-Mobile gains 2.1 million customers in last quarter, 8.3 million in 2014

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We are in a new year and that means companies are disclosing 2014 performances. For T-Mobile, it was an excellent year with substantial growth. The carrier gained 2.1 million customers in the final quarter of 2014 and that means 8.3 million were added throughout the entire year. So many people could be switching to T-Mobile because its 4G LTE network now covers 265 million people.

John Legere, T-Mobile CEO, had this to say about the carrier’s 2014 performance:

“We continued to take share from our competitors and attracted 8.3 million net customers in 2014 who were looking for value, simplicity, and transparency. While my competitors are hiding behind less valuable connected device subscriber additions and managing profit expectations to the downside, T-Mobile delivered over 2.1 million customers in Q4, while managing the balance between growth and profitability. Needless to say, 2014 was a record breaking year.”

Hit the break for T-Mobile’s highlights.


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AT&T Brings Back Rollover – for Data

For years, AT&T offered rollover minutes on its mobile plans, going back all the way to the days of AirTouch and Cingular Wireless. (Remember Cingular?! They were awesome. I loved that orange jumping jack guy.) But with minutes ceasing to be valuable currency in the mobile space in recent years, Rollover disappeared.

Now AT&T, taking its cues from GSM rival T-Mobile,  is resurrecting the Rollover concept, but in a form more fitting these modern times. AT&T Mobile Share customers will now be automatically enrolled in a monthly Rollover of data, and it rolls over across an entire shared account. It’s a nice bone to throw customers concerned about overages and should assuage billing fears associated with said overages.


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Google wants regulators to free up vacant spectrum to give consumers cheaper alternatives for wireless data

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Everyone is sick of the data caps that cell phone companies have imposed on us. It’s one thing to cap data, but it’s another to over charge for services rendered. I have been saying all long that Google will fix this mess and they are already making steps toward it.

They are lobbying with regulators to free up vacant spectrum that is not only low cost, but useless to the U.S. carriers. They would like to see as much as 150 megahertz of specturm around the 3.5 gigahertz band. The idea is to leave it open to anyone without a license, but set aside some of it for companies to use exclusively.


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Vodafone will be the exclusive carrier of the LG G Flex 2 in the U.K. (for a few weeks)

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The LG G Flex 2 will have a limited release in the United Kingdom to start. Carrier Vodafone UK announced that it would exclusively offer the G Flex 2 to its customers before anyone else. The window of exclusivity will run for six weeks. Then, the G Flex 2 is fair game for other carriers in the U.K. to sell.

In the United States, both Sprint and AT&T confirmed the G Flex 2′s availability.

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Boost Mobile will carry Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE for $129.99

samsung galaxy prevailBoost Mobile will be adding Samsung’s Galaxy Prevail LTE to its lineup on January 19th for $129.99. Like other Boost Mobile devices, there’s no contract attached to the phone.

$129.99 gets you a 4.5-inch screen, a capable Snapdragon 410 CPU, 8 GB of internal storage with 1 GB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has plenty of connectivity options to access Boost Mobile’s LTE network.
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