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Encyclopedia > Cingular Wireless
AT&T Mobility, LLC
Formerly Cingular Wireless, LLC
Type Subsidiary of AT&T
Founded Merger of BellSouth/SBC Wireless Operations in 2000
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Key people Stanley T. Sigman – President
Thaddeus Arroyo – CIO
Industry Wireless Services
Products HSDPA, UMTS, W-CDMA, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, TDMA, AMPS, Wireless Data Services (MEdia Net), Two way messaging, Push to Talk
Revenue $37.5 billion (2006) USD[1][2]
Employees 70,300 (2006)
Slogan "Raising the bar"
"Marcando el estándar" (Spanish)
""Adelante" (Puerto Rico)
"Cingular is now the new AT&T" (Brand transition)
Website att.com/wireless / cingular.com

AT&T Mobility, LLC d/b/a Cingular Wireless is the wholly owned wireless subsidiary of AT&T Inc.[3] AT&T Mobility is the largest mobile phone company in the United States and the second largest in Puerto Rico behind Verizon Wireless PR (now becoming Claro, after Puerto Rico Telephone's adquisition by América Móvil). Image File history File links Cingular-att_logo. ... AT&T (NYSE: T) is the largest provider of both local and long distance telephone services, wireless service under the brand Cingular Wireless, and DSL Internet access in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... SBC Communications NYSE: SBC is an American telecommunications company based in San Antonio, Texas. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... The Chief Information Officer or CIO is a job title for a manager responsible for information technology within an organization, such as a listed company or an educational institution. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) (Sometimes known as High-Speed Downlink Protocol Access) is a 3G mobile telephony protocol in the HSPA family, which provides a smooth evolutionary path for UMTS-based networks allowing for higher data transfer speeds. ... Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is one of the third-generation (3G) mobile phone technologies. ... W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) is a type of 3G cellular network. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows for increased data transmission rate and improved data transmission reliability. ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM and IS-136 mobile phones. ... The Global System for Mobile Communications, GSM (original acronym: Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. ... IS-54 and IS-136 are second-generation (2G) mobile phone systems, known as Digital AMPS (D-AMPS). ... Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) is the analog mobile phone system standard developed by Bell Labs, and officially introduced in the Americas in 1983[1][2] It was the primary analog mobile phone system in North America (and other locales) through the 1980s and into the 2000s, and is still... “SMS” redirects here. ... Push-to-Talk (PTT), also known as Press-to-Transmit, is a method of conversing on half-duplex communication lines, including two-way radio, using a momentary button to switch from voice reception mode to transmit mode. ... Revenue is a U.S. business term for the amount of money that a company earns from its activities in a given period, mostly from sales of products and/or services to customers. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ... The phrase doing business as (abbreviated DBA or d/b/a) is a legal term, meaning that the name of the business or operation does not include the legal name of its proprietor, the names of all partners, or the official registered name of the limited partnership or corporation that... Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States and the largest wireless telecommunications in Puerto Rico along with Puerto Rico Telephone (PRT), based on total wireless customers. ... Claro is a mobile phone network in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Dominican Republic,owned by América Móvil. ... External links Official Site Verizon Official Site Categories: | ... América Móvil AMX is a publicly traded wireless communications company that provides services to over 108 million wireless subscribers in Latin America as of December 31st 2006. ...


Cingular currently has 61 million subscribers as of 2007, and claims to operate the largest digital voice and data network in the United States.[4] Formerly a joint venture between AT&T and BellSouth, the company has been wholly owned by AT&T since December 2006 as a result of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth. AT&T (NYSE: T) is the largest provider of both local and long distance telephone services, wireless service under the brand Cingular Wireless, and DSL Internet access in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Merger redirects here. ...


The division is currently in the process of being rebranded to match its new parentage. Renaming on a corporate level occurred immediately, and consumer branding will change to "AT&T," or a variant thereof, by the end of 2007. Until all regulatory filings are approved, however, and public awareness is fostered, the "Cingular" brand will continue to be used in store signage and media advertisements during a dual-branded transition, expected to last several months. This process began January 15, 2007.[5] January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Among the services that AT&T aggressively promotes is its "Rollover" service, allowing customers to keep unused minutes from month to month on a twelve-month rolling cycle on its popular "Nation" nationwide plans.

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History

Southwestern Bell Wireless logo
Southwestern Bell Wireless logo
Pacific Bell Wireless logo

Cingular Wireless was founded in 2001 as a joint venture of SBC Communications (now AT&T, Inc.), and BellSouth (which AT&T, Inc. acquired in 2006). The joint venture created the nation's second largest carrier. Cingular grew out of a conglomeration of 12 regional companies with Bell roots. The 12 companies included: Image File history File links SWBW.JPG Summary Southwestern Bell Wireless logo, used until 2001, www. ... Image File history File links SWBW.JPG Summary Southwestern Bell Wireless logo, used until 2001, www. ... Image File history File links Pacific_bell. ... Image File history File links Pacific_bell. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... AT&T (NYSE: T) is the largest provider of both local and long distance telephone services, wireless service under the brand Cingular Wireless, and DSL Internet access in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... AT&T (NYSE: T) is the largest provider of both local and long distance telephone services, wireless service under the brand Cingular Wireless, and DSL Internet access in the United States. ... The Regional Bell operating companies (RBOC) are the result of the United States antitrust action against AT&T in 1983. ...

Also included were some Cellular One markets, and Houston Cellular. Cingular's lineage can be traced back to Advanced Mobile Phone Service, Inc. (companies spun off from this denoted with a *), which was a subsidiary of AT&T created in 1978 to provide cellular service nationwide. AMPS, Inc. was divided among the RBOCs as part of the Bell System Divestiture. Ameritech Cellular was the first company in the United States to provide cellular mobile phone service to the general public. ... Cingular Wireless is the largest United States mobile phone company, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... BellSouth Mobility DCS was a mobile phone network operated by the American landline telephone company BellSouth. ... Cingular Wireless LLC is the largest United States mobile phone company, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... Cellular One is the trade name of the cellular service offered by Western Wireless. ... Houston Cellular was a Houston-based cell phone company which was bought and operated by BellSouth, before merging operations with Cingular Wireless. ... Advanced Mobile Phone Service, Inc. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Regional Bell operating companies (RBOC) are the result of the United States antitrust action against AT&T in 1983. ... The break up of AT&T was initiated in 1974 by the U.S. Department of Justice anti-trust suit against the telephone monopoly. ...


With the exception of Pacific Bell and BellSouth Mobility DCS, the digital network consisted of D-AMPS technology. The Pacific Bell and BellSouth Mobility DCS networks used GSM technology on the PCS frequency band (1900 MHz). IS-54 and IS-136 are second-generation (2G) mobile phone systems, known as Digital AMPS (D-AMPS). ...


AT&T Wireless merger

After a bidding war with Britain's Vodafone PLC, Cingular announced in February 2004 that it would purchase AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., for $41 billion. Vodafone Group plc is a mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ...

AT&T Wireless logo
AT&T Wireless logo
Cingular Wireless logo

The merger was completed on October 26, 2004. The combined company had a customer base of 46 million people at the time, making Cingular the largest wireless provider in the United States. AT&T Wireless was then legally renamed New Cingular Wireless Services, Inc. [1] AT&T Wireless logo, deeming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... AT&T Wireless logo, deeming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links Cingular. ... Image File history File links Cingular. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


First announced on June 22, 2005 Cingular Wireless announced the intention to divest its Caribbean and Bermuda operations and licenses which it acquired from the acquisition of AT&T Wireless, to Irish-owned and Jamaica-based Digicel Group under undisclosed financial terms.[6][7][8][9][10] June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Indian redirects here. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ... Digicel is the leading mobile phone network provider in the Caribbean region. ...


In 2006, one year following the deal, a high ranking source allegedly close to the sale pointed the Barbados Daily Nation Newspaper towards some SEC filings made by Cingular which were said to establish an idea of the approximate sale price of the deal. According to the SEC filings Cingular was paid around US$122 million, with much of that $122m cost to Digicel going towards the purchasing of the former AT&T Wireless assets in Barbados.[11]


GSM Facilities

In California, Nevada, Northern New Jersey and New York City, Cingular and T-Mobile USA maintained and shared a GSM-1900 network prior to the acquisition of AT&T Wireless, through a joint venture known as GSM Facilities. The network sharing agreement allowed Cingular to offer local service in northern New Jersey and New York City and T-Mobile to offer service in California and Nevada. On May 25, 2004, Cingular and T-Mobile USA announced their intention to dissolve the agreement contingent on Cingular's successful acquisition of AT&T Wireless The Cingular network was transferred to T-Mobile, with Cingular continuing work on the GSM facilities at AT&T Wireless sites. [2] Official language(s) English Capital  Sacramento Largest city  Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Metropolitan statistical areas and divisions of New Jersey; counties shaded in blue hues are in the New York City metro; counties shaded in green hues are in the Philadelphia metro. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ...


Cingular's wireless network

Cingular was formed through mergers and acquisitions, and as a result of these — as well as the rapid technological change in the wireless industry — Cingular operates wireless networks using many different wireless communication standards. The most widely used of these technologies is called Global System for Mobile Communications, or GSM. On top of its GSM network, Cingular operates a data network called GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and an upgrade for faster speeds called EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution). The Global System for Mobile Communications, GSM (original acronym: Groupe Spécial Mobile) is the most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. ... General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data service available to users of GSM mobile phones. ... Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) or Enhanced GPRS (EGPRS), is a digital mobile phone technology that allows for increased data transmission rate and improved data transmission reliability. ...


Cingular supports a legacy D-AMPS network, and analog networks; however, in March 2006 they announced that these networks would be shut down by February 2008.[12] As part of this effort, Cingular will charge a $5 monthly fee to those customers who still use D-AMPS-based phones.[13] IS-54 and IS-136 are second-generation (2G) mobile phone systems, known as Digital AMPS (D-AMPS). ... Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) is the analog mobile phone system standard developed by Bell Labs, and officially introduced in the Americas in 1983[1][2] It was the primary analog mobile phone system in North America (and other locales) through the 1980s and into the 2000s, and is still...


Former networks also include various paging services and the Cingular Interactive division, which became Velocita Wireless and was recently purchased by Sprint Nextel.[14] Velocita Wireless is a national wireless-telecommunications service provider that is based in Woodbridge, New Jersey, United States. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 2002, Cingular began an initiative called "Project Genesis" that involved a GSM/GPRS overlay of the entire wireless network. Project Genesis was completed by the end of 2004.


Cingular has launched a high-speed network known as "BroadbandConnect," based on UMTS and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), to counter Verizon Wireless and Sprint's EV-DO networks. UMTS service was launched on December 6, 2005 in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Jose, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Cingular was expected to launch UMTS in all major metropolitan markets by the end of 2006. Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) is one of the third-generation (3G) mobile phone technologies. ... High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) (Sometimes known as High-Speed Downlink Protocol Access) is a 3G mobile telephony protocol in the HSPA family, which provides a smooth evolutionary path for UMTS-based networks allowing for higher data transfer speeds. ... Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States and the largest wireless telecommunications in Puerto Rico along with Puerto Rico Telephone (PRT), based on total wireless customers. ... Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. ... Evolution-Data Optimized, abbreviated as EV-DO or EVDO and often EV, is a wireless radio broadband data standard adopted by many CDMA mobile phone service providers in United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Russia, Brazil, and Australia. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cruise Ships

Through a partnership with Maritime Telecommunications Network, Cingular operates a GSM 1900 MHz network on many cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Island Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Seabourn Cruise Line. Carnival Cruise Lines is a cruise line operating a large number of cruise ships. ... Holland America Line, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is a cruise ship line, originally an operator of passenger and cargo ships. ... Island Cruises is a cruise line with two ships which provide both Mediterranean and transatlantic cruises. ... Norwegian Dawn passes Lower Manhattan on the way to Bermuda and the Bahamas. ... Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is the world’s largest upscale cruise line. ... Princess Cruises logo Princess Cruises is an American cruise line, based out of Santa Clarita, California, that operates cruise ships also shares the same building with Cunard Lines headquarters. ... Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a cruise line, formerly known as Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ... Royal Caribbean cruise ships Ultra-Voyager class, includes Freedom of the Seas, currently in construction with a scheduled delivery of May 2006. ... Seabourn Cruise Line is an ultra luxury cruise line. ...


Near Field Communication

Cingular Wireless announced in December 2006 that it is teaming with cell phone maker Nokia and financial institutions Citigroup and MasterCard Worldwide to trial new phones that have MasterCard PayPass contactless payment capability. The participants in the trial will receive a Nokia handset with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and the MasterCard PayPass payment function built in. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Nokia Corporation (OMX: NOK1V, NYSE: NOK, FWB: NOA3) is currently the worlds largest manufacturer of mobile telephones, with a global market share of approximately 36% in Q1 of 2007. ... Citigroup Inc. ... MasterCard Worldwide (NYSE: MA) is a membership organization owned by the 25,000+ financial institutions that issue its card. ... MasterCard Worldwide (NYSE: MA) is a membership organization owned by the 25,000+ financial institutions that issue its card. ... Near Field Communication Technology or NFC jointly developed by Sony and Philips was approved as an ISO/IEC standard on December 8, 2003. ...


Business services

Cingular is known for its enterprise services, offered through its Business Markets Group, a subsidiary company of the joint venture. It acquired a considerable stable of business clients through the acquisition of AT&T Wireless in 2004, and boasts that it currently serves over 90 percent of the Fortune 100 and over 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Cingular is also the largest provider of BlackBerry service in North America. The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. ...


Marketing

Fewest dropped calls

During the first quarter of 2006, Telephia reported that during an extensive nationwide test of major wireless carriers in 350 metropolitan markets around the country, Cingular dropped the fewest number of calls across the country. Cingular in turn began aggressively advertising the "Allover Network," citing Telephia as "the leading independent research company." Telephia's report was in stark contrast to the Consumers Union publication, Consumer Reports, based on a survey of 50,000 of its members in 18 cities, which criticized Cingular for static and dropped calls.[15] Furthermore, J.D. Power and Associates consistently ranked Cingular at or near the bottom of every geographical region in its 2006 Wireless Call Quality Study, which is based on a smaller survey of 23,000 wireless users.[16] Dropped call is the common term for a wireless mobile phone call that is terminated unexpectedly as a result of technical reasons. ... Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit testing and information organization serving only consumers. ... Consumer Reports, an American magazine published monthly by Consumers Union, publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from its in-house testing laboratory. ... J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services firm founded in 1968 which provides consumer ratings on goods from cars to restaurants. ...


Telephia, which tests wireless networks by making over 6 million calls per year in what it claims is the world's largest wireless network test program, initially refused to provide details on its study, and a spokesman for the company has said, according to the Boston Globe, that "Cingular shouldn't have even mentioned the company's name to a reporter."[17] The research company later stated that Cingular did indeed have a "statistically-significant lower dropped-call rate than the competition across some market/time period groupings," but that Telephia had "no knowledge of the specific methodology... Cingular used to for its 'lowest dropped call' claim."[18] The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ...


Cingular/AT&T Mobility

Cingular Wireless logo, 2004-2007

On November 20, 2005, Ed Whitacre, CEO of the newly merged SBC/AT&T, announced plans to market Cingular's service under the AT&T brand.[19] BellSouth spokesman Jeff Battcher countered that the terms of the joint venture allow either party to sell the service under another name, and that he believes they will be using the brand to market to business customers.[20] Cingular president Stan Sigman concurred with BellSouth's position, indicating that the Cingular brand would continue but be sold under the AT&T brand where offered in packages with other AT&T services, such as data and wireline telephony. Image File history File links Cingular-Logo. ... Image File history File links Cingular-Logo. ... November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. ...


However, AT&T, Inc. announced on March 5, 2006[21] that it would acquire BellSouth. The acquisition was finalized on December 29, 2006 when the FCC gave its final approval. According to AT&T, the company will begin the rebranding of Cingular Wireless to "AT&T". [22] March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


On January 12, 2007 AT&T announced[23] a major rebranding transition campaign to transition Cingular to the new AT&T. The current Cingular stores, once rebranded to AT&T, will sell all AT&T products and services: wireless, landline, Internet, U-Verse, and more. AT&T will have all services under one brand. There will be no "AT&T Mobile" nor a rebirth of AT&T Wireless as many have speculated. This might lead to confusion by customers because of the fact that there would be no name difference between AT&T's landline and wireless services. January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... AT&T U-verse is the brand name for AT&T Inc. ... AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. ...


On January 14, 2007 AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) launched a new multi-media campaign to begin transitioning the Cingular brand to AT&T in television advertising and customer communications, throughout Web sites and nationwide retail stores, and on company buildings and vehicles. As part of the rebranding initiative, approximately 2,000 nationwide company-owned wireless retail outlets and store kiosks will be transitioned over the coming year with AT&T-branded signage. Additionally, the approximately 15,000 personnel in these stores and kiosks will begin wearing AT&T-branded apparel in the coming months. Customers will continue to see existing Cingular product and service names until all necessary legal and regulatory name-change filings are complete. The use of the AT&T and Cingular co-branded graphic will continue until customer awareness levels that Cingular has joined with AT&T are high. Once the transition ends, the color orange will continue to be associated with AT&T's wireless services, while the Cingular brand and mascot, "Jack", will be phased out. January 14 is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


On April 15, 2007 AT&T Inc. began to introduce new AT&T branded mobile phones and devices. The alpha tag (portion of phone's screen which displays the name of the network on which the phone is connected) on new phone activations will also start being "AT&T". Phones which currently display Cingular as the alpha tag will also begin to transition to "AT&T", a process expected to be completed over the next six months. April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


NASCAR lawsuit

Cingular has been the sponsor of the #31 Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series since before 2004, when NEXTEL purchased the naming rights to NASCAR's top division. Cingular and Alltel (who sponsors Ryan Newman's #12 Dodge) were allowed to stay as sponsors. NASCAR claims that the clause in their contract with Sprint Nextel does not allow Cingular and Alltel to change either the name or brand advertised (though Alltel has advertised its MyCircle plan on the #12) or the teams they sponsor. Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Jeffery Brian Burton (born June 29, 1967 in South Boston, Virginia) also sometimes referred to as JB is a NASCAR driver. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. ... Alltel (NYSE: AT) is an American telecommunications company with headquarters in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas. ... Ryan Joseph Newman (born December 8, 1977 in South Bend, Indiana) is a driver in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. ... 1917 Dodge Brothers Touring car. ... Alltel (NYSE: AT) is an American telecommunications company with headquarters in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas. ...


AT&T has repeatedly requested that NASCAR allow them to advertise the AT&T brand on the #31 car, but NASCAR refuses to allow it, citing the Sprint Nextel contract. After trying and failing to get NASCAR to approve the addition of the globe logo to the rear of the car, AT&T filed a lawsuit against NASCAR on March 16, 2007.[24] [25] March 16 is the 75th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (76th in leap years). ...


Trivia

  • On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. announced that AT&T, then named Cingular, would be the exclusive United States of America carrier for the Apple iPhone, shipping in June 2007.
  • In 2005, Communications Workers of America, the union which represents over half of the then AT&T's employees, specifically recognized AT&T for excellence as a union employer, in direct contrast to competitor Verizon, which CWA singled out as an aggressive union-buster. [3]
  • Cingular (the previous name for AT&T) is the wireless carrier of the street racers in Electronic Arts' street racing video games Need for Speed: Underground 2 and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It is used to receive SMS messages from other racers. This was one of the points of criticism in Underground 2, as the Cingular logo was featured as part of the game's driving interface in Career mode, and was thought to be a dubious method of product placement other than the cars shown in the game.
  • Although AT&T's network standard GSM is completely different from Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless, AT&T does offer Sprint and Verizon customers roaming on to their older AMPS network.
  • As of March 31st 2007 Cingular no longer supported the TDMA technology for its GoPhone (pre-paid) customers. All GoPhone customers had to migrate to the newer GSM technology.
  • AT&T offers Push to talk (PTT) service using network technology from Kodiak Networks.

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Controversy

On June 20, 2006 the California Court of Appeals voted 3-0 to uphold a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fine Cingular $12 million. [26] The CPUC found the Cingular Wireless policy from 2000-2002 of charging customers an early termination fee to cancel their wireless service without a grace period to be an unjust and unreasonable business practice. The CPUC also found that Cingular failed to tell new customers about known network problems and misled customers about the network's service and coverage.[27] The case originated in San Diego when the non-profit Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN) brought customer complaints against Cingular to the attention of the CPUC.[28]


In June 2006 tech website Engadget's mobile section posted a road map of upcoming Cingular products, this led to Cingular temporarily banning the word 'engadget' and links pointing to engadget on their customer forums. Engadget is a popular technology weblog and podcast about consumer electronics. ... A roadmap, originally a travel itinerary, is now used more often to designate a simplified policy, strategy or action plan. ...


In Q1 2006, Cingular Wireless, LLC reported in its first-quarter financial statement that regulatory complaints (complaints to the FCC, Better Business Bureaus and other regulatory or semiregulatory bodies) were reduced over 56% compared to the same quarter one year prior.


On August 25, 2005, Cingular was removed from the New York Better Business Bureau because of a large number of complaints that were not handled in a timely manner. The company is in the process of restructuring its customer care procedures and has appealed the decision.[29] It remains a member of the BBB in other states in which it operates. August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... BBB logo The Better Business Bureau (BBB), founded in 1912, is an organization based in the United States and Canada. ...


On July 20, 2005, the Utility Consumers' Action Network (UCAN), a non-profit California consumer advocacy organization, filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) against Cingular Wireless for the unauthorized billing of non-communications related charges.[30] UCAN claimed that Cingular billed its customers for Jamster! and other similar ring tone services without providing customers with the notice, opt-in, and proof of authorization requirements necessary for such charges.[31] UCAN further charged Cingular with violating numerous CPUC requirements by consistently telling customers with questions about non-communications service charges on their wireless phone bill that Cingular has no responsibility and cannot assist customers with their inquiries.[32] UCAN and Cingular reached a settlement on October 19, 2006, which resulted in stronger notification and authorization requirements for Cingular regarding non-communications charges and also required Cingular to institute a ready means to address billing issues and cancel wireless content services.[33] California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is a commision of the State of California tasked with regulating utilities which operate as monopolies. ... For other uses, see Jamba. ... California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is a commision of the State of California tasked with regulating utilities which operate as monopolies. ...


In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported logging more than 14,000 complaints (of 289 per million subscribers) against Cingular, the most common of which included number portability issues, over-billing, poor customer support and network reliability.


Competitors

AT&T is the top carrier based on United States customer totals. Its competitors are (in order of United States customer totals):

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the second-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States and the largest wireless telecommunications in Puerto Rico along with Puerto Rico Telephone (PRT), based on total wireless customers. ... Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. ... T-Mobile logo T-Mobile is a multinational mobile phone operator. ... Alltel (NYSE: AT) is an American telecommunications company with headquarters in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas. ... U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is a super-regional cellular telephone provider, serving 5. ... SunCom Wireless is a wireless telephone carrier serving the southeast United States as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ...

References

  1. ^ Cingular Wireless Reports Fourth-Quarter 2006 Results
  2. ^ AT&T Mobility LLC (formerly Cingular Wireless LLC) Income Statement
  3. ^ SEC filing notifing of Cingular Wireless to AT&T Mobility name change, January 3, 2007
  4. ^ "About us" at www.cingular.com
  5. ^ "Cingular is now the new AT&T." AT&T Press Release. January 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Cingular press release, "Cingular Sells Bermuda and Caribbean Assets to Digicel", 22 June 2005
  7. ^ Caribbean Net News "Digicel to acquire Cingular's Caribbean wireless operations", June 23, 2005
  8. ^ Caribbean Net News "Cingular denies leaving Caribbean because of losses or poor performance", June 23, 2005
  9. ^ Caribbean Net News "Digicel awaits regulatory approval from Caribbean territories", June 24 2005
  10. ^ Caribbean Net News "Digicel officially takes over Cingular in Barbados", December 21, 2005
  11. ^ Barbados Daily NationNews "Digicel/Cingular deal worth $122m", July 31, 2006
  12. ^ Cingular to impose $5 surcharge on customers with older phones
  13. ^ Cingular penalizes legacy TDMA users
  14. ^ Sprint press release
  15. ^ "Best cell service", Consumer Reports, Consumers Union of U.S., Jan 2007. Retrieved on March 13, 2007.
  16. ^ "2006 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study", J.D. Power and Associates, 7 September 2006. Retrieved on March 13, 2007.
  17. ^ Mohl, Bruce. "The fewest dropped calls", Boston Globe, The New York Times Company, 23 April 2006.
  18. ^ Belson, Ken. "Best Cellphone Company? All of Them, to Hear Them Say It", New York Times, The New York Times Company, May 03 2006. Retrieved on 2006-05-18.
  19. ^ Cauley, Leslie. "Cingular will be sold under name of AT&T", USA Today, Gannett Co. Inc., November 21 2005.
  20. ^ Redherring.com
  21. ^ AT&T Press Release
  22. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/30/business/30tele.html New York Times Article on Approved BellSouth merger
  23. ^ AT&T Prepares to ‘De-Brand’ the Cingular Wireless Name
  24. ^ http://rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070319/FREE/70319014/1017
  25. ^ http://www.ajc.com/search/content/sports/stories/2007/03/16/0316att.html
  26. ^ California Court of Appeals, Pacific Bell Wireless, LLC v. Public Utilities Commission of California June, 20 2006Retrieved March 14, 2007
  27. ^ Public Utilities Commission of California, Opinion Ordering Penalties and Reparations-Investigation 02-06-003 September 23, 2004Retrieved March 14, 2007
  28. ^ Public Utilities Commission of California, Opening Brief of Utility Consumers Action Network-Investigation 02-06-003 May 23, 2003Retrieved March 14, 2007
  29. ^ Buffalo BBB
  30. ^ Sprint and Cingular Named in Complaints, The New York Times July 21, 2005 Retrieved March 16, 2007
  31. ^ Utility Consumers' Action Network v. Cingular Wireless-Complaint and Request for Cease and Desist Order, California Public Utilities Commission July 20, 2005 Retrieved March 16, 2007
  32. ^ Ibid
  33. ^ Utility Consumers' Action Network v. Cingular Wireless-Opinion Approving Settlement, California Public Utilities Commission October 19, 2006 Retrieved March 16, 2007

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