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T-Mobile’s Another Game Changer: The New ONE Unlimited 55+ Plan

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T-Mobile is said to be responsible for eating up a whole chunk of subscribers from the leading mobile and local phone service providers like Verizon and AT&T. The reason behind this is seen to be T-Mobile’s innovative approach to reach new customers.

A recent example for this is seen with the new ONE Unlimited 55+ plan introduced by T-Mobile. And, we’re considering this to be a game changer!

The new plan by T-Mobile has been introduced for American citizens aged 55 or above. As per the giant prepaid phone service provider, the generation lying in the age group of 55+ has been that of the rule breakers. And since the inception of mobile phones, these people have not been provided with the mobile services that they’ve always deserved.

So, dragging almost every other leading mobile and local phone service provider into the matter, T-Mobile has given some great insights on why their plan is better.

T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ Plan

For just $60 (including fees and taxes), the plan launches for T-Mobile’s wireless services, starting 9th August. The plan includes unlimited texting, talk, 4G LTE data, and many other benefits from the T-Mobile ONE plan. The $60 unlimited plan is available with Autopay.

As per T-Mobile, the plan is one of the best deals offered by the third largest prepaid phone service provider of the US.

For the plan, the subscribers have to pay $50 for the first line of the T-Mobile ONE and for the second line, then $10 is to be paid to get unlimited benefits. The $5 discount is for the Autopay usage by the subscribers. Along with this, the subscribers of this plan offered by the giant prepaid phone service provider are going to get the T-Mobile ONE benefits that include Gogo Inflight, Simple Global, DIGITS, Mobile Without Borders, and more!

For buying the plan, subscribers will have to show their IDs for age confirmation.

With all these features, T-Mobile claims this plan to be the best for the generation that created the mobile technology.

The announcement of the plan drew forth a great deal of criticism that T-Mobile had for other giant mobile and local phone service providers, especially Verizon and AT&T – the duopoly!

John Legere, the president and CEO of T-Mobile, said, “For years, the carriers have been patronizing the generation that invented wireless. They thank these mobile pioneers by selling dumbed down ‘senior’ plans with exactly zero data and — get this — night and weekend minutes! That’s not just idiotic — it’s insulting!”

“Today, the Un-carrier ends this ridiculousness with T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ — an offer that recognizes how Boomers and beyond actually use their smartphones”, he added.

In a Nutshell

The new unlimited plan for the seniors by T-Mobile is clearly the prepaid phone service provider’s next move towards attracting the subscribers of other giant carriers. And for this, the company has aimed at just the right spot.

Targeting seniors by talking in their benefit and providing them with a bunch of cheap and convenient plans can actually work out for T-Mobile. Besides, in recent times, the company is playing very smart, crawling its way to the top three US-based mobile carriers. So, this could possibly work out too!

Sources Say Sprint Is Looking For Alternatives on Merger Deal

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In an attempt to seek alternatives for the merger deal with T-Mobile, Sprint has proposed a deal to Charter Communications Inc.

According to sources, talks about the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, the third and fourth largest mobile and cheap phone service providers, respectively, have been going on for a long time.

Since the merger deal isn’t coming to a conclusion, Sprint is on a lookout for alternative companies that it can tie up with.

The Proposal

The reports from leading publishers say that the proposal wasn’t about an entire merger, but for a minority stake.

As the news about the T-Mobile and Sprint merger has been making rounds for a long time, this move of the well-known low-income phone service provider has put a question mark on the talks.

It is evident now that Sprint wants to try its luck with the other renowned names before getting into a merger with T-Mobile.

However, it has been reported that Charter Communications has refused the deal proposed by Sprint.

The proposal was made by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp that has control over Sprint. The company proposed to run a whole new company that would still be controlled by Softbank but asked Charter Communications for a merger.

The deal proposed by the mobile and cheap phone service provider is said to be quite complex and so, Charter had to refuse it. Sprint has proposed to sell a minority stake to ISPs and provide access to its network in return.

The agreement evidently didn’t seem quite convincing to Charter. However, another reason behind Charter’s refusal can be the agreement between Charter and Comcast that was signed around the month of May.

As per the agreement, no one from either company can land a deal or agreement without each other’s permission. So, even if Charter had to agree to land the deal with Sprint, it would need the nod from Comcast.

With all this, it has been proven that Sprint is seeking alternatives for a merger deal. Besides the hot talks of a merger with T-Mobile, the low-income phone service provider is still seeking other companies for merger deals.

The sources from Sprint clarified that the deal proposed by the company to Charter doesn’t mean that it isn’t willing to merge with T-Mobile. It can be said that the company is trying to expand its horizons and services so as to survive in the competitive wireless market.

As we know, the talks for the T-Mobile-Sprint merger have been going on for quite some time now, and T-Mobile doesn’t seem to be in a rush for merger. Besides, the deal of the merger of both the cheap phone service providers has been pending legal approval.

In A Nutshell

With the talks of deals going on with the cable and telecom giants, Sprint has been in the news for a long time now. Now, it is to be seen whether these talks generate something fruitful for the mobile and low-income phone service provider or not.

T-Mobile to Increase Monthly Customer Fees from 10th June

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With another round of news, the growing mobile and home phone service provider – T-Mobile – has made it to the headlines, again.

According to the T-Mobile, the company has incurred certain losses in the past and is carrying them forward till the present day. Thus, to recover from these losses, T-Mobile has decided to increase some monthly customer fees, the next month.

The Announcement

The mobile and prepaid phone service provider made an announcement recently, to increase certain monthly fee charges for its customers. The increase in the fees is going to affect a number of T-Mobile customers.

With effect from 10th June 2017, a few select T-Mobile accounts will face an increase in the Regulatory Programs & Telco Recovery Fee.

The increase in the fee would be from $2.71 to $3.18 for the voice lines and from $0.98 t0 $1.16 for the data lines.

The customers using the T-Mobile ONE Taxes & Fees Included plan are, however, unaffected by this change. But all other customers of the prepaid phone service provider, come in the loop.

As per T-Mobile, the former customers of the SunCom Wireless were exempted from this fee but now, with the increase in the fee, these customers are also going to pay it. It is only if they’re not using the T-Mobile ONE Taxes & Fees Included plan.

SunCom is a wireless carrier based in Pennsylvania that was acquired by T-Mobile in 2008 for an amount of $1.6 billion.

According to T-Mobile, a growing mobile and home phone service provider, the changes in the fee structure for its services are based on the cost structure of its third-party services and that of the government program compliance. The changes are said to be a part of T-Mobile’s standard price adjustments.

The company said that it regularly reviews the related compliance costs of its services and adjusts the customer fees in accordance with these changes, charging the customers accurately as per their choice of plan.

The T-Mobile officials said, “This is not a government tax, rather a fee collected and retained by T-Mobile to help recover certain costs we have already incurred and continue to incur. It includes: 1) Funding and complying with government mandates, programs, and obligations, like E911 or local number portability ($0.60 of the total charge for voice lines and $0.15 for data only lines), and 2) Charges imposed on T-Mobile by other carriers for the delivery of calls from our customers to theirs, and by third parties for certain network facilities and services we purchase to provide you with service (Up until 6/10/2017, it will be $2.11 of the total charge for voice lines or $0.83 for data only lines; From 6/10/2017 on it will be $2.58 of the total charge for voice lines or $1.01 for data only lines).”

Thus, the increase in the customer fee by the home phone and prepaid phone service provider must not be mistaken for the government taxes or fees as the money is to be retained by the service provider, itself.

In a Nutshell

T-Mobile has planned to increase certain monthly fees for its customers, implementing from June 10. The idea behind such increase in the customer fees is to make up for the losses being continuously incurred by the mobile and home phone service provider.

A number of customers will be affected by this change, except for the ones that have opted for the T-Mobile ONE Taxes & Fees Included plan. So, we’re to see if T-Mobile has made its way to healing from the previous losses or to incur more of them.

Verizon to Begin 5G User Trials in 11 US Markets

Verizon 5G

The nation’s largest wireless and home telephone service provider, Verizon Communications Inc. has made another noteworthy move to stay in the lead!

With this move, the telephone service provider aims to front-run the 5G race going on among all the wireless telecommunication leaders.

The company has made a recent announcement of delivering its fifth-generation, pre-commercial 5G services to select markets in the USA.

Verizon’s Growing Network

The largest prepaid home phone service provider – Verizon, has proven out to be the world’s largest phone and internet services network with thousands of customer locations.

Along with its best and cheapest home phone service, the telecommunications giant has been serving in the mobile communications space, broadband services, home television, IoT, and even in drone management.

Thus, with an increasing customer base, Verizon has been growing at a tremendous pace.

Picked from this vast network of Verizon, the 11 US cities tapped for the 5G user trials are listed as – Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

What’s to expect

The vast home telephone service provider is planning on delivering 5G broadband services to the mentioned 11 US cities, via a wireless connection. The service is to be provided to the homes and offices using Verizon’s broadband connection.

Verizon has described it as another step to commercialize their gigabit broadband service to homes and offices through their new 5G network.

The 5G home service provided by Verizon is expected to feature an outdoor antenna that provides a Wi-Fi connection and helps connect devices present within the house.

According to a research, Verizon has a total of 112.1 million subscribers including the customer base of its home telephone service, long distance services, broadband connection and mobile network.

The company is making the best use of such a huge user base to introduce its fifth-generation (5G) services.

“5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving,” said Adam Koeppe, the Vice President of Network Planning at Verizon.

“Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC’s aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G”, he added.

Collaborations

The latest 5G technology by Verizon is to be implemented with a close collaboration of Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum Partners.

“Ericsson’s partnership with Verizon in rolling out 5G customer trials is accelerating the global 5G ecosystem,” mentioned Rima Qureshi, the Head of Region North America at Ericsson.

“These end-to-end solutions are a key step for preparing Verizon’s network for commercial deployment with different 5G scenarios and use cases”, she added.

As the 5G network requires some modern modems for building connections, the companies like Qualcomm and Samsung have announced the delivery of some high-tech and more useful modem devices.

Final Thoughts

With an increasing spectrum of services, Verizon has been growing much beyond its basic home telephone service.

Though the 5G network is supposed to be commercialized by the year 2019 or 2020, the user trial is to be carried on by Verizon by mid-2017.

This 5G user trial might prove out to be greatly profitable for Verizon. With these services, the company will be able to deliver a faster internet speed to the consumer, making it competitive with their cable-TV service.

Through a partnership with companies like Ericsson and Qualcomm, Verizon is planning on hitting it big in the domain of 5G technology, before its leading competitors.

Speculation about the Possibility of Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Worries Customers

Sprint and T-Mobile Merger

Something fishy seems to be going on in the US wireless market. The internet has suddenly become home to speculations about the possibility of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile. These rumours making the rounds on the internet are causing butterflies in the stomach of phone service users and consumer advocates.  Some industry experts are declaring it as the only way for both Sprint and T-Mobile to be able to compete against Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

How This Deal Could be Possible

It’s the second attempt of Sprint to buy its rival after failing in 2014. The credit goes to the immense pressure from the FCC (Federal Communication Commissions). However, this deal now could easily be possible under the Trump Administration as per Wall Street and Consumer Advocate.

Trump’s Meeting with Masayoshi Son Fueled Such Speculations:

President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with Masayoshi Son, the Chief Executive Officer of Sprint’s parent company, fueled these speculations. Both of them were looking satisfied after the meeting as they made the announcement of a $50 billion deal by SoftBank in the United States. SoftBank had paid the amount of more than $20 billion for Sprint INC. in the year 2012. Sprint ran after T-Mobile. The FCC had to intervene and block this deal. Now Masayoshi Son has again expressed his interest in T-Mobile in 2016. Albeit, nothing has been officially said/announced in this regard.

Phone Service Subscribers Also Say Something:

Consumer advocates are totally skeptical at the consolidation. This is very much true about the market that is full with phone service providers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T trying to outcompete their rivals fiercely on market front.

Former FCC Chairman Calls it Against the Interests of Consumers

“Having four providers has been a boon for investment, consumers, and the public interest,” says Mr. Michael Copps, Former FCC Chairman from 2001 to 2011. According to him, allowing two of the topmost phone service providers in United States combine is like moving in the wrong direction. This is only going to increase the burden of cost on consumers and leave them less choice. He is not in favor of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger.

Most of Users Also Agree:

Even customers are of the same view. Many of them were asked in regard to a potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint on Facebook. Most of the customers openly praised T-Mobile for their excellent quality of phone service. On the other hand, customers lambasted Sprint’s services. Some of them even talked about leaving T-Mobile if it is bought by Sprint INC.

Final Words:

T-Mobile is about to secure first place ahead of industry leaders like Verizon Wireless and AT&T, leaving them behind convincingly. However, not all of the things or industry experts are negative about this potential merger between T-Mobile and Sprint INC. It is too early to say for sure how this will turn out as the Trump administration takes over the reins from the Obama administration.

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Charleston Area Administrative Bigwigs Welcome AT&T’s Ultra-Fast Internet Service Expansion

AT&T’s Ultra-Fast Internet Service Expansion

 

Good News:

There is a good news for AT&T South Carolina Phone Service Subscribers.  The company has recently launched ultra-fast internet services in some parts of the Charleston area. The one Gigabyte connection is available for Charleston area houses, apartments and a number of locations known for small businesses on a 100% fiber network.  AT&T’s plans to expand access to super fast internet to a number of locations in Goose Creek and North Charleston are in progress. The company has selected the Charleston area from one of its selected 44 metros across the USA. AT&T’s super fast internet service is currently available for its customers in all of these 44 nationwide metros.

Mr. John Mitchell Has Something to Say in This Regard

The number of customers interacting with their connections through increasingly data intensive ways is going up by each day, says Mr. John Mitchell, Regional Director of External Affairs at AT&T’s South Carolina office. AT&T’s South Carolina phone service users are beginning to stream content directly from the comfort of their devices. They are enjoying interactions with their personal and professional connections using live videos. Taking this into account, the company has chosen the Charleston Area for its super fast internet service.

Mr. John Tecklenburg was Excited

We are super excited at AT&T’s decision to expand its ultra-fast internet speed service to the Charleston area. This is very good news for the local business community of Charleston, said Mr. John Tecklenburg, Mayor of Charleston. He further added that the expansion of AT&T’s ultra-fast internet services in Charleston will be a solid platform for our local businesses to seek the much needed ultra-modern technology for success in 21st century economy.

Linda Page echoed the Views of Mr. John Tecklenburg and Mr. John Mitchell:

Expansion of AT&T’s super fast internet service will definitely ensure a significant increase in the number of economic opportunities for the growth of our small local businesses and home phone service users in South Carolina, said Linda Page, The Mayor of Mt. Pleasant. More importantly, this decision taken by the company will play a huge role in order to ensure the delivery of high speed internet services in rural areas across South Carolina.  She further added that the use of the latest technology will help drive a lot of technical innovation and Job creation on every front.

This seems to be one of the best technical initiatives taken by the company for ensuring ultra-fast internet services for home phone service subscribers in the South Carolina, Charleston area. All the internet customers on 100% fiber will have full access to the latest Wi-Fi technology. This will help them relish faster Wi-Fi speed as well as broad coverage of everything from the comfort of their home, says AT&T.

Summary:

All of the Charleston Area administrative big-wigs have welcomed this decision of AT&T wholeheartedly. The service has been launched by the company in the Charleston area, South Carolina. Now it will be very interesting to see which way the expansion progresses.

Verizon Wireless Evolves Its Offers for Customers in Hurricane Matthew Impacted Areas

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The recovery process has started on the east coast after hurricane Matthew devastated the area.  The catastrophe has spurred Verizon Wireless to take a unique initiative of its own. The company has evolved its offer in order to help its valuable local phone service customers recover from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Verizon Wireless Says:

Wireless communication is an indispensable facility that helps customers stay in touch with their loved ones at such a critical time and make contact with emergency resources. Furthermore, it also helps people lend a helping hand with effective recovery efforts needed to help people recover from the impact of catastrophes such as hurricane Matthew.

“The hard work of recovery after this massive storm has begun up and down the east coast and we will be there for our communities to help with the process,” says Mr. Roger Tang, the president of South East Market, Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Arrives With Help:

People on the east coast have started returning to their homes for initiating the recovery process after the havoc played by hurricane Matthew. Verizon Wireless has come forward to help its valuable local phone service customers stay in touch with their family and friends. The company has identified the areas with the greatest impact from hurricane Mathew.

Taking the devastation caused by hurricane Matthew into consideration, the company has expanded its offers for all of its customers hailing from the qualified areas in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Moreover, Verizon Wireless has expanded the counties. The company has also expanded the number of days such that the company will take care of charges related to the text, data and calling plans for local residential phone service users.

That’s Not All!

The company has also announced the beginning of texting medium. Using this texting medium, those who aspire to help in terms of hurricane relief will be able to lend a helping hand financially. For this purpose, they will just need to type the word “Matthew” in their message box and send it to 81000. After this, the customer will receive a text message requesting them to confirm their $10 donation. The company has also advised customers to text their billing Zip Code in this regard. Remember, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions by texting your billing Zip Code.

Verizon Wireless’s Purpose of Collecting Donation:

The company is collecting all of these donations in order to benefit the Global Giving Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

 At last:

It is a very good initiative taken by the company in order to help its local residential phone service users get connected with their loved ones and increase the speed of the recovery process. This will help the company get in the good graces of their customers. Moreover, this initiative will also send a message to the users that the company is always committed to helping its customers under all sorts of circumstances. Most importantly, this may help the company increase its customer base in the time to come.

AT&T Charges Poor Customers Heavily for Super Slow Internet Services

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AT&T, one of the premiere lifeline phone service providers in the USA, does not seem to be having good press in the market recently. On one side, T-Mobile is leaving no stone unturned to put AT&T in its sight, has strongly responded to AT&T’s decision to shut down its 2G services for IoT customers. Now the company seems to have decided to shoot itself in the foot by deciding to charge money to its lifeline phone service (low income) users for slow broadband services.

Let’s See What Issue Actually Is!

The Federal Communications Commission has clearly directed AT&T to ensure discounted high speed internet for lifeline phone service subscribers in Texas. The FCC mainly wants discounted high speed internet service for those users or families who are legally eligible for seeking food stamps.  In contrast to abiding by the directions issued by FCC (The Federal Communications Commission), AT&T is exploiting a loophole in the federal directive to perfection for refusing to deliver discounted high speed internet service to any qualified lifeline phone service subscriber.

What Else?

AT&T, a lifeline phone service provider for low income households in the USA, seems to be landing itself in hot water because the company had agreed to the discounts in order to receive the FCC’s approval for its DirectTV Purchase. In accordance to NDIA (National Digital Inclusion Alliance), a public interest group, this move has forced the company to ensure it would provide a $5 a month offer for customers to receive internet with speeds up to 3MBPS. The subscribers residing in low income neighborhoods have to pay for full service that also includes $30 introductory fees per month for using slow internet speed.

Now the company is not showing willingness to do so. AT&T has clarified its intention of not expanding its lifeline phone service beyond the terms of FCC directive, confirms NDIA.

AT&T Has Its Own Share of Solid Reasons:

The lifeline phone service provider has its own share of reasons in this regard. Let’s take a good look at all of them below:

  • Their broadband service in low income areas is much slower than one can ever imagine.
  • The program known as “Access from AT&T” hardly charges the amount of $5 or $10 fee on monthly basis. This fee entirely depends on AT&T’s network speed.
  • The lifeline phone services subscribers receiving 3 and 5 MBPS speed are charged $5 whereas those getting more than 5 MBPS speed are charged the amount of $10.

The Story Does Not Just End Here

To add more to it, the company has also confirmed that discounted high speed internet services are not available for the family’s residing in the areas with slow internet speed. This has certainly angered both cities and rural communities where the company has certainly failed very badly to upgrade its residential internet service with more speed. Moreover, the alliance finds AT&T’s response very negative for the users.

Summary:

Data filed with the FCC proves that AT&T is hardly providing more than 1.5 MBPS service in over 21% of the lifeline service blocks in Texas and Florida. Now it will be very interesting to see how the company deals with this self-created fiasco. It will also be interesting to find out whether the company provides discounted high speed internet services to the low income lifeline phone service subscribers or continues to exploit the loophole in an agreement signed with FCC.

AT&T Expands Coverage of GigaPower by Beginning Deployment in Louisville, Kentucky

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AT&T leaps another step forward in its gigabit services by initiating deployment of GigaPower in Louisville, Kentucky. Local news sources reported that AT&T confirmed installation of fibers by its technicians in the neighboring areas.

AT&T seems to be going toe-to-toe with the giant network and search engine Google Fiber, which is also planning to bring its 1 Gbps service to Louisville very soon. AT&T is moving in a pattern it established in other cities, starting from Austin, Texas and recently in California around the San Francisco metro area.

At present, the carrier’s technicians are concentrating on passing homes, rolling out fiber via pole attachments, or underground, reports WDRB. With AT&T GigaPower, users are able to experience considerably faster internet speeds over a 100% fiber optic network and play games online without any lag time for buffering. Additionally, customers can enjoy entertainment on any screen with AT&T and DIRECTV, with much faster internet speeds than ever.

As per the previous announcement made by the company, AT&T disclosed its intention to take GigaPower to Louisville back in March, after Google Fiber announced Louisville as its choice to be the next fiber recipient. But the move triggered a row over pole access. An ordinance was passed in favor of Google Fiber, approving attachment of its fiber optic cable to utility poles. As expected, AT&T reacted to the approval and filed suit against the city. As per the carrier, the city does not hold any authority to give approval to attachments to poles that are owned by the AT&T.

Hood Harris, AT&T’s Kentucky President shared with WDRB that the move is to meet consumer requirements for faster internet services.

The US carrier is planning to sail 1 Gbps services to a minimum of 56 metros in the nation this year. In this league, AT&T moves on to add GigaPower cities to its list while the Louisville project will advance in phases.

AT&T Pushing Bill to Discontinue Traditional Landline Service

No doubt the present age is the era of cellphones, but lovers of traditional landline phones are not yet extinct. A number of people are using traditional landlines for homes and businesses in California. But state lawmakers are going to pull plug on these old telephone services.

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“It is my connection to the world,” said Ruthanne Shpinner for whom her landline is her lifeline. But, in the near future, she might lose it.
A bill is being pushed by Shpinner’s phone company, AT&T, to let phone companies in California put an end to traditional landline service.
Customers could keep landlines if they want, but they may use alternate technologies such as voice over internet protocol, or VOIP, says AT&T.
Bill sponsor and San Jose Assemblyman Evan Low put forward that the old copper wires and switching stations used to route land line calls are quite exorbitant in terms of maintenance for a diminishing number of customers. He is of the view that money would rather be spent investing in new telecommunications technology.
“The plain old telephone system known as pots is rapidly approaching irrelevance,” said Low. “We’re modernizing with the times. We liken this from going to analog to digital.”
Mark Toney of the Utility Reform Network is of the view that the change would cause many to lose a trustworthy service in times of emergencies.
“We think it would be an absolute catastrophe. Our first concern is public safety,” said Toney. “The old landline telephone service will operate two weeks without electricity.” He is of the opinion that the substitutes such as cell services or VOIP are not so reliable in times of emergency.
But Ken McNeeley of AT&T holds a different opinion. As per him “The best phone in case of emergency is the phone you have in your hand”
There are state regulators who are against the bill, citing public safety and reliability. Some opponents believe that the real purpose is money.
As per records, AT&T has invested above $750,000 in lobbying at the capitol on a series of recent bills, including Lows AB 2395.
Among all this, the real challenge still remains in convincing people to stop using the traditional landline.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Shpinner.