AT&T is preparing to open up a 10,000 square foot flagship store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago this weekend. The look and the feel of the store will make you feel like that you are in an Apple retail store. The store will have a heavy focus on the customer experience. The AT&T store will even have a service that is similar to the Apple Genius Bar. The store actually opens tomorrow. Below is a video tour:
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You can now connect on Facebook through your TV screen using Facebook on TV, which is the latest inactive app available from AT&T U-Verse TV. The app lets you connect to your Facebook account while watching your favorite shows through the app. Through the TV app, you will be able to view your news feed, post status updates, share what you are watching, and interact with friends. Check out the press release below:
Yesterday Washington D.C. interest group Public Knowledge claimed that AT&T’s decision to limit FaceTime may violate FCC rules. Now AT&T has written a response to Public Knowledge saying that they are not bound to the FCC Net Neutrality laws on FaceTime since it is a pre-installed app and can be disabled at the carrier’s liking. If FaceTime was a downloadable app, then AT&T would be forced by FCC Net Neutrality laws to allow the app to work properly. Check out the excerpt from AT&T’s response below:
According to Washington D.C. interest group Public Knowledge, AT&T’s decision to limit FaceTime over 3G connections may violate the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Apple announced that FaceTime would be able to work over 3G connections when iOS 6 is released. Below is a statement from senior staff attorney John Bergmayer:
AT&T is shutting down their 2G wireless network by 2017 as they are evolving to support only newer technologies. Currently about 12% of their wireless customers (8.4 million people) are using 2G handsets as of the end up June. This is why they are slowly phasing out the network over the next 5 years. Most of AT&T’s customers are on 3G networks. AT&T first introduced the 2G network in the early 1990′s and they no longer sell 2G handsets to contract or prepaid customers.
AT&T is spending $600 million to buy NextWave Wireless. Included in the acquisition are massive amounts of Wireless Communication Service (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum. Between the spectrum and outstanding debt that NextWave has, AT&T is looking at a total cost of $600 million. This deal is contingent on approval from the FCC. Below is the press release of the deal:
There are reports about the HTC One X price being dropped to just $99 by AT&T. The price drop has been confirmed by AT&T and RadioShack. HTC and AT&T wants people to buy the phone for $99 with a new two-year contract. The HTC One X has a 4.7-inch SLCD2 display, 1.5GHz dual-core S4 processor, and 8-megapixel camera. [Slashgear]