A mystery source at AT&T is allegedly reporting that AT&T is informing regional executives on an individual basis of upcoming changes to AT&T's data network. The changes are supposedly to increase the networks ability to handle large increases in traffic that they expect to see following the release of some "unannounced" devices and future ones that will use "heavy data".
Talk of a Verizon iPhone settled down in recent months, but Peter Misek is re-igniting the fire, predicting that it is a likely announcement for the coming Apple media event. The Canaccord Adams analyst says that it will likely be alongside an introduction to iPhone OS 4.0 at the event scheduled to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Steve is known for his signature "One more thing..." announcements, often saving some of the most impressive or surprising announcements for last, and Misek believes his next one will be a Verizon iPhone, according to intel from "industry sources".
AT&T has announced they are dropping the price of their unlimited voice and data plan for smartphones by $30. The new pricing becomes available on Monday, January 18, for all new customers. Best of all, current customers subscribed to that plan can switch to the new pricing without any additional cost or time added to their contract.
AT&T has announced that they have completed the upgrades to their 3G cell sites that will bring all of their sites nationwide up to date with the faster 7.2 Mbps data speeds, double that of the current standard for most networks. Users won't see a change in speeds just yet, however, as they still need to upgrade their backhaul connections for the speed improvements to take effect.
AT&T isn't the only wireless carrier to see its network strained by iPhone traffic. Over the course of 2009, UK-based carrier O2 reportedly faced the same technical challenges for the past six months. Since the iPhone's release, O2's London network has seen an 18-fold increase in traffic from the iPhone, the network itself crashing numerous times since the summer.
The carrier has stated that a $48 million investment in its London network has eased the problems and allowed for deployment of 200 extra mobile stations.
AT&T has halted all online sales of new iPhone handsets for all persons registered as residing in New York City. Anyone with a zip code registered in New York has not been able to purchase an iPhone online. It has been confirmed in various calls, and attempts to make an online purchase with a NY zip code have failed. An AT&T representative has said over the phone that it was to avoid increasing the strain on AT&T's network in that area, but further comments point to the possibility of online sales fraud as the culprit.
AT&T has made a second attempt to back off the statement made by Ralph de la Vega that the company was considering employing "financial incentives" to discourage heavy data usage in some areas. Now Mr. de la Vega says we've misinterpreted his statement, and that it was blown greatly out of proportion by the media.
Gizmodo has compiled the data collected from their large-scale crowd-source test of 3G networks in and around 12 areas, including 11 major cities in the continental United States. Surprisingly, despite all of the bad press they've been getting, AT&T's network proved the best of the bunch.
AT&T has issued a public statement in response to criticisms that they have been skimping on capital expenditure spending to improve network infrastructure since the launch of the iPhone. In an attempt to fend off the barrage of bad press in recent weeks surrounding their questionable network coverage, AT&T says that their overall corporate expenditures don't reflect relative changes in spending on their wireless network infrastructure, but are the cumulative spending on all of their ventures, including wireline networks and other areas.
Verizon, the largest wireless provider in the U.S., is reportedly investing in its network to make it capable of handling extra traffic from Apple's iPhone, a company official said. Recently, Anthony Melone, Verizon Wireless' chief technology officer, said his company is prepared if Apple decides to end its exclusive agreement with AT&T in 2010.
"We have put things in place already," Melone reportedly said. "We are prepared to support that traffic." The company official did not, however, comment on the prospect of the iPhone becoming available on Verizon.