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November 02, 2012

AT&T and T-Mobile Temporarily Drop Roaming Fees in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Both AT&T and T-Mobile are doing their part in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, allowing customers to stay in touch by entering into an agreement that enables roaming on their networks to customers of either service provider in areas that were heavily affected, namely New York and New Jersey, and where capacity is available for subscribers with a compatible device.

As such, AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to continue to make calls as normal, with calls being placed over whichever network is most operational in the area. This will be seamless for customers of either provider, and customers will see no change from their regular rate plans or service agreements, regardless of which carrier a subscriber's phone says is being used.

Fortunately, both T-Mobile and AT&T have their networks based on GSM and UMTS standards, which allows for the sharing of voice and data traffic.

Last month, T-Mobile launched two new smartphones on its network, one being the Nokia Lumia 810, which runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, the other an LG device sporting a 4.5-inch display, running on Google's Android OS.

The former device features a 4.3-inch display and runs on a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor. It sports an eight megapixel rear-facing camera and an HD front-facing camera, as well as wireless charging capabilities and 8 GB of storage.

The latter device, called the LG Optimus L9, features a 1 GHz dual-core processor and version 4.0 of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has a five megapixel rear camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera and 4 GB of onboard storage, expandable via microSD.

In September, AT&T was ranked the most popular private cloud networking provider in a study conducted by research firm Frost & Sullivan. Apparently, 48 percent of the survey's participants used AT&T to connect their private clouds.

Edited by Braden Becker

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