AT&T plans to ditch two-year contracts starting in January, according to a leaked internal memo obtained by Engadget. Beginning on January 8, 2016 all new and existing customers will only have two options when buying a new mobile phone from AT&T. Customers can choose to either pay in full or make monthly payments. The new payment options will apply to all mobile phones including smartphones and flip-phones.
Believe it or not, there are still AT&T Mobility subscribers enjoying unlimited data plans on their iPhones. These grandfathered plans were officially discontinued in 2010. While the cost has been $30 per month for seven years, AT&T has announced plans for a rate increase to take effect in February.
AT&T has launched Data Perks to the Apple App Store. The new app allows iPhone users to earn free mobile data in exchange for filling out surveys and buying popular products.
AT&T has started rolling out Wi-Fi calling to iOS devices two-days after the company was granted a waiver from the FCC. AT&T used the opportunity to call out T-Mobile and Sprint who have already been offering the service without permission.
"We’re grateful the FCC has granted AT&T’s waiver request so we can begin providing Wi-Fi calling. At the same time we are left scratching our heads as to why the FCC still seems intent on excusing the behavior of T-Mobile and Sprint, who have been offering these services without a waiver for quite some time. Instead of initiating enforcement action against them, or at least opening an investigation, the agency has effectively invited them to now apply for similar waivers and implied that their prior flaunting of FCC rules will be ignored."
The beta release of iOS 9 includes a Wi-Fi Calling feature specifically for AT&T Mobility customers. Until now, only T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers have had access to the service, which was added to iOS 8. According to MacRumors, AT&T has begun rolling out the service to a "limited number" of subscribers with iOS 9 installed on their iPhones.