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AT&T giving users on select plans a bump to data caps and overage speeds

AT&T subscribers on the company's Mobile Share Advantage Plus plans will be getting a bit more data for the same price soon. Messages are being sent out to "select" qualifying subscribers notifying them of the change. Eligible customers with one of the 32 or 50GB plans will be bumped up to 40 or 65GB, respectively, at no additional charge.

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AT&T starts rolling out updates with fake '5G Evolution' icon, just as promised

Most of you are probably familiar with AT&T's very misleading initiative to dub an enhanced version of 4G LTE "5G Evolution." As the top comment on that post predicted, the "5G E" icon has begun to roll out very quickly, already hitting both the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 active less than two weeks after the announcement.

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[Update: Even more pics] AT&T is testing a DirecTV Android TV set-top device, trials expected early next year

Last year, Variety reported that AT&T was working on an Android TV-powered device for so-called "over-the-top" streaming of its DirecTV service, based on the contents of an FCC filing. Based on the contents of a recent AT&T earnings call (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), development has advanced to the point of internal beta testing, with trials expected "in the first half of next year."

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AT&T's first 5G speed tests are here, and they're not great

While 5G has massive potential, the only major effect it has achieved so far in the US is confusing the general public. That's due in large part to ill-advised marketing strategies and questionable 5G "launches" by the four major wireless carriers. In the latest addition to this frustrating saga, we're finally seeing speed tests of AT&T's fledgling 5G network, and the results are far from impressive.

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AT&T to start using a fake 5G indicator on LTE phones

Technology is complicated enough for the average consumer, but carriers have a long and storied history of manipulating terminology to make it even harder to follow. Years ago, carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T jumped the gun on 4G by rebranding their 3G HSPA+ networks as "4G." Now, AT&T is doing the same thing as we move on toward 5G. After announcing 5G Evolution branding earlier this year, it's going to use a fake 5G icon on LTE phones.

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AT&T launches its 5G network this week with the $499 Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot

The era of 5G is upon us, and you know what that means. That's right: 5G holograms. At least, that's what I'm gathering from the demo video that accompanies AT&T's 5G rollout announcement. In just a few days on December 21st, you'll be able to pick up a 5G hotspot for use in AT&T's first 5G markets. Get ready to spend big on the hardware, though.

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AT&T's DIRECTV Android TV box begins shipping to testers with reskinned launcher

Android TV came out in 2014, and we all expected it would be further along by now. It's not dead, but the number of available boxes is still small, and there's really only one that's worth buying (the Shield). Android TV uptake might be on the upswing with TV providers showing more interest. AT&T is rolling out test units of its Android-powered DIRECTV box, and the interface looks quite different than what we've seen on Android TV before.

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The Razer Phone 2 comes to AT&T on November 16th

You can run out right now and order the Razer Phone 2 unlocked and use it on AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon. However, then you're on the hook for the full $800 purchase price up front. Starting this Friday, you can get your hands on the AT&T variant and pay a comparatively low monthly price. AT&T will apparently be the only official carrier partner for the new Razer Phone, too.

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[Update: Orders open] RED Hydrogen One coming to AT&T and Verizon, for the low price of $1,300

The Red Hydrogen One might be one of the most unique phones we've seen in a while. The world-renowned camera company is making an entry into the smartphone market, and today it announced a partnership with A&T. Starting this Friday (November 2nd), you'll be able to buy the Hydrogen One on AT&T for $43.17/month across 30 months — about $1,300.

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RED Hydrogen One review: The best 3D phone you shouldn't buy

For as long as there have been smartphones, there have also been weird smartphones. While mainstream models tend to keep things basic, giving you slightly faster and more feature-rich versions of devices that have come before, there are always those outliers that seem to remind us that there's room for variety in this industry yet: phones that fold, have sliding hardware, or take similar steps to set them apart from the rest of the pack.

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