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Ariella
Ariella
2/26/2016 12:21:03 PM
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80% in the cloud
That really is quite an advancement on that front. Do you think they will live up to that prediction?

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afwriter
afwriter
2/26/2016 11:46:02 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
If they don't I bet they will get close.  AT&T seems to be really serious about being the leader in the future of mobile technologies. 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/27/2016 11:08:28 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@afwriter: To be fair, AT&T's not alone in that regard!  ;)

There is a billboard on Rte. 1, just north of Boston, for Verizon with a slogan something along the lines of "Better Matters" -- the idea being that Verizon's network is allegedly so much better than its competitors that no other consideration in selecting a carrier (e.g., cost) should play that significant a factor.

So I'm sure they see themselves as a leader too.  ;)

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Ariella
Ariella
2/29/2016 8:33:16 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Joe I'm sure they do. Certainly, in my area, Verizon does offer the fastest speeds for internet. But it also is the most expensive option and not so much better than its one competition to warrant the higher price plus undiscloed regular month equipment rent/maintenance fees.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/29/2016 11:21:37 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
This is an interesting point.

I also agree in my area Verizon has the fastest seed connection, I would say, by far. It can be pretty costly, as you stated however. I think that's why AT&T is going with the cloud because it really will save a lot of money for AT&T.

I think AT&T realizes that Verizon is becoming the leading carrier in the country because of it's faster connection. AT&T are trying to beat them to the punch when it comes to the cloud.

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batye
batye
3/1/2016 3:06:48 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@dlr5288  yes, but I do hope as result we gonna see better prices at the end :) but who knows ???

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dlr5288
dlr5288
3/21/2016 8:16:18 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
Yes, good point!

Hopefully because they're saving some money with the cloud the prices will lower. That would be great because as of now cell phone prices are through the roof. I don't have AT&T. I have Verizon and those prices are crazy too, but my friends and family talk about AT&T prices.

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 7:18:39 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@dlr5288  in Canada we have the same problem prices of cellphones and airtime keep going up... and consumers could not do anything... only to pay it ... sad reality...

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/26/2016 7:07:13 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
Yeah it's ridiculous sometimes!

The prices of cell phones are so crazy..they can run for as much as $600 and that's not even inlcuding your monthly bill. There are ways of getting it cheaper. You can trade your old phone in for a new one, but you can only get money back on that if there are no scratches etc.

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batye
batye
4/26/2016 9:35:15 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@dlr5288  with the cell phones in Canada it get from bad to worst... as prices up but trade value is down to $10 per used 2 years old phone...

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dlr5288
dlr5288
4/27/2016 8:30:37 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
Really??

I couldn't imagine! Yeah I have Verizon in the US and if you're able to keep the same phone for two years, which is a hard task to accomplish in itself, they give you some money back for an upgrade. But yeah, cell phone prices are insane today!

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batye
batye
4/27/2016 9:24:07 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@dlr5288  I still have old Nokia from 2000 and I use it when I travel...

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/18/2016 8:51:52 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
Of course, I tend to think that Verizon hardly holds the telco monopoly on undisclosed fees.  ;)

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Ariella
Ariella
3/18/2016 9:28:54 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Joe I don't know if it's theirs exclusively, but they certainly do apply it. Allt he promotional ads have some fine print about plus fees, rental equipment charges, etc. that means the price listed is less than what you will actually pay. 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
3/19/2016 6:57:03 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella: Just goes to show... Everyone loves added regulation of those big, mean, evil carriers -- until they realize that the regulatory costs get passed directly on to them as consumers.

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Ariella
Ariella
3/19/2016 8:52:05 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Joe I couldn't agree more. It encapsulates a great deal about attitudes, expectations, and the shock of reality.

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 7:21:44 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella  on the other hand I miss good old day when we have only landline and payphones... Now yeach year I have to figure it out who have a better deal... not an easy task....

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Ariella
Ariella
4/1/2016 9:16:22 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Batye yes, I believe overall calling costs have fallen, particularly for long distance. 

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 1:04:10 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella yes they did  on my land line I pay 5c a min for my calls across USA/Canada....

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Ariella
Ariella
4/1/2016 1:10:56 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Batye and that's for any time of day, I take it. I still remember when I was a kid that the lower rates that kicked in at night for phones (that was way before anyone woul dhave called them landlines).

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 1:18:27 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella  I do remember this days best time to call was during 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM... to my relatives in Poland :) lol ah good old days :) ...  I dearly miss them... as I have more hair and all my teeths :) 

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Ariella
Ariella
4/1/2016 1:31:49 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
LOL @Batye pluses and minuses to every stage, I guess. Now you can call them any time for free if you use Skype or one of those type services.

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 1:52:45 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella  yes I could not agree more... technology did bring me close much more close to my relatives in Poland... 

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Ariella
Ariella
4/1/2016 4:07:59 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Batye yes, Telco Trasnformation is all about connection, and that goes for people and their relatives as well as entrprises. 

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batye
batye
4/2/2016 4:31:07 PM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Ariella  yes, I could not agree more.... :) 

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batye
batye
4/1/2016 7:16:12 AM
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Re: 80% in the cloud
@Joe Stanganelli  I could not agree more as consumers always end up paying at the end one way or other....

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afwriter
afwriter
2/26/2016 11:49:30 PM
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Is AT&T the Real Deal?
I have not always been a fan of the company even though I am a subscriber.  Since joining this site I have gained a new respect for their ideas and proactivity for the future of mobile.  Now if only I could figure out how to lower my bill. 

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freehe
freehe
2/27/2016 12:43:59 PM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
AT&T is the front runner in terms of virtualization and other companies large and small can take a lesson from them. If virtualization either full or partial will save your company money over time it makes sense to switch. However, this requires skilled employees that can successful convert the environment as well as maintain it. Many companies are afraid of change and don't want to spend the money upfront that thinking may cost them in the future.

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Ariella
Ariella
2/27/2016 6:48:46 PM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
@afwriter I use At&T for my cell service. Its service is much better than TMobile's, I've found. I'm sure there are cheaper services, but I'd rather have something reliable even if it costs a bit more.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
3/1/2016 11:36:25 AM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
@Ariella:

I can't agree more with you.

I use AT&T's mobile services at present. I was using TMobile in 2014 for a very brief period. I must say that there is no comparison between the service. In my experience I always had service and connectivity issues with TMobile. I believe their coverage was pretty limited to specific areas back then. There could have been improvement by now i would hope. But certainly it wasn't working for me. Then I switched to AT&T and have been with them ever since. I would say it is going pretty smooth. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/1/2016 11:38:48 AM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
@ms.Akkineni yes, back then, if my cell phone rang indoors, I had to go outside or at least stand in a doorway to hear anything -- most inconvenient when it was raining.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/27/2016 11:06:29 PM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
I know how you can lower your bill: switch.  ;)

That's what I did.  But now sometimes I regret it because now my service is worse.  Saving a bunch of money, but you get what you pay for.

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vnewman
vnewman
2/29/2016 1:07:41 PM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
@afwriter - I've also been a long-time subscriber - since like 1994 or so when I got my first cell phone.  I've always been with ATT - the motivating factor?  Fear.  Like the saying goes, "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't..."

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batye
batye
2/29/2016 3:26:33 PM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
@vnewman interesting, but I would say it reality of day to day technology...

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Ariella
Ariella
3/1/2016 8:55:46 AM
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Re: Is AT&T the Real Deal?
LOL @vnewman All I can say from experience is that it is much, much better than T-Mobile. I don't have any problems with the service in general and find the customer service people very nice -- again a contrast to that other company. 

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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/27/2016 12:57:41 PM
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Survival
Even though I am not a cutomer of AT&T, I admire what they are trying to do here. I like the fact that they are being open and honest about their aggressiveness and that is simply because of survival. AT&T needs to keep up with the other carriers and this is the way to do it!

I also like the fact tat AT&T are moving more and more things to the cloud and they're doing it in a fast fashion. They seem to be very inspired and want to take this company to the next level.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/27/2016 11:05:32 PM
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Re: Survival
Indeed, it just doesn't make sense these days for carriers to keep a lot of their data on prem or stick with legacy hardware without virtualization.  The costs can be very problematic considering the volume and quality and ubiquity of the data they're dealing with.  Cloud and virtualization only make sense.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
2/28/2016 8:16:04 PM
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Re: Survival
Yes, great point.

The cost alone is a great insentive to switch over to the cloud and is why the markets are becoming more and more cloud based. I think it's the only reasonable thing to do, for now anyway.

Security is always a problem when dealing with the cloud. However, I think that in the future the security of the cloud will be greatly improved (hopefully).

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clrmoney
clrmoney
2/28/2016 10:25:59 AM
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AT&T Survival
I think it is wonderful that AT&T lasted this long being a company offering great customer service and products to their clients/customers.

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