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The Federal Trade Commission has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility alleging the company misled millions of its smartphone customers, charging them for “unlimited” data plans but cutting data speeds by up to 90% when they crossed usage thresholds.
The data throttling made common mobile phone applications – like web browsing, GPS navigation and watching streaming video – difficult or nearly impossible to use.
While the TV set is expected to be the main source of entertainment viewing through 2020, smartphone use for video viewing in expected to soar, nearly doubling the numbers of users worldwide.
A new report said the number of devices users watch also is expected to nearly double as tablets and PCs join smartphones as common viewing devices.
The data, from Digital TV Research, suggests emerging markets in APAC will have the greatest impact.
YouTube could soon offer a paid-subscription business model for some of its content, eschewing ads in an effort to be more mobile friendly.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told an audience at the Code Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif. that half of all YouTube views are now from mobile devices, and that the company wanted ot make sure those visitors had the best experience possible.
A couple of swings and misses for AT&T today after the telco reported Q3 EPS and revenue that missed expectations.
On the bright side, the company saw big gains in subscribers for both U-verse TV and U-verse Internet.
Earnings per share were 63 cents, missing Wall Street’s consensus estimate by a penny and down 3 cents from a year ago. Revenue came in at $33 billion, missing forecasts by $240 million, but up 2.5% Y/Y.