Smaller Providers of No-contract and Prepaid Service Continue to Rate High; Seven Ways to cut Phone Costs
Yonkers, NY – Sprint is now the lowest-Rated carrier in Consumer Reports’ latest annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 58,399 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
While it trailed only Verizon in overall customer satisfaction among the major carriers in last year’s ratings, Sprint received dismal marks this year for value, voice, text and 4G reliability. «Read the rest of this article»
New Cell Sites Activated as Part of Ongoing AT&T Investment in Local Wireless Network
Cunningham and Woodlawn, TN – The nation’s largest 4G network just got larger for customers in Cunningham and Woodlawn. AT&T has activated two new 4G mobile Internet cell sites in Cunningham, TN and Woodlawn, TN that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses and provide speeds up to four times faster than 3G.**
“As more and more residents of Cunningham and Woodlawn rely on their mobile devices for information and connectivity, they must have faster connections,” said Senator Mark Green. “Investments in mobile Internet will have an immediate impact for our consumers and businesses.”
Nikon S800c, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are among those on CR’s Short List of Standouts
Yonkers, NY – While Consumer Reports tested more than six hundred smart phones, tablets, TVs and more for its December Annual Electronics Issue, only ten standout products made the short list for performance and innovation.
The Consumer Reports Top Ten Electronics list calls out an Android smart phone champion, a tip-top 58-inch LCD HDTV, a loaded lightweight digital camera, and a superb stereo speaker system that’s a Wi-Fi winner, among other distinguished products. The full list can be found online at www.ConsumerReports.org and in the December 2012 issue of Consumer Reports, which is on newsstands now. «Read the rest of this article»
Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics to Enhance Networks
Nashville, TN – AT&T* invested nearly $1.3 billion in its Tennessee wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile Internet coverage and overall performance of its networks.
During 2011, AT&T made more than 1,650 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Tennessee. These enhancements include:
Activating approximately 35 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – In time for Veterans Day, Veterans Advantage announced that “VetRewards” Cards are now recognized in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide in honor and appreciation of the nations’ veterans, offering discounts on monthly wireless data and calling plans, as well as accessories.
The Veterans Advantage card is a universal military and veteran ID program established to recognize service to the country with benefits and savings from top corporations. «Read the rest of this article»
Promotion allows customers to dabble with data for only $20 monthly access
Clarksville, TN – Starting August 18th, Verizon Wireless customers in Clarksville Tennessee will be able to add a 300 MB data plan to their smartphone or basic phone for just $20.00 monthly access when added to a voice plan.
All new and existing customers are eligible for the promotional data plan that will be available from August 18th through September 30th. «Read the rest of this article»
May report also features tips on how to cut telecom bills
Yonkers, NY – Service providers Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse were top recommendations for bundled telecom services, based on a survey of 70,000 Consumer Reports readers.
The next best choice for many households for bundled services is a highly rated cable company including Cox, Cablevision, or Bright House Networks if they are in your area. If television service is a priority and Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse aren’t available in your area, satellite providers DirecTV or Dish Network received above average survey scores. Their TV service is offered in hybrid bundles with DSL and phone service from some telephone providers. «Read the rest of this article»
Top-rated tablet faces stiff competition from Motorola Xoom in lab tests
Yonkers, NY ? After almost a year in which the Apple iPad has been virtually the only game in town in tablet computers, some serious competitors are finally hitting the market. Yet in Consumer Reports latest tests of the 10 most-promising tablet computers, the Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G topped the Ratings. The full report including Ratings of tablets is available at www.ConsumerReports.org.
Written by Paul Reynolds
Yonkers, NY – AT&T, one of the biggest national wireless carriers, is proposing to buy T-Mobile, one of the smallest. It’s a $39 billion deal that, if approved by regulators, will see AT&T’s 95 million and T-Mobile’s 33 million subscribers served by a united company, probably beginning sometime next year.
What’s at stake for consumers? It’s early days, obviously, but our advocacy colleagues at Consumers Union (the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports) have already voiced concern, saying: “From a consumer’s perspective, it’s difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors.” «Read the rest of this article»
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