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Verizon and AT&T Deploy Trucks to Help Sandy Victims Recharge

Verizon Wireless(NEW YORK) -- As many without electricity gather in Starbucks or banks to get a little bit of power and access a Wi-Fi signal, AT&T and Verizon are stepping up their efforts to help.

Both of the cellular carriers have announced Thursday that they will be deploying stations to help provide power and connectivity for Hurricane Sandy victims. They will also offer free charging at their store locations in areas affected by the storm.

Verizon has deployed what it calls Wireless Emergency Communications Centers, or WECCs, on Staten Island, at Monmouth University, and in Toms River, N.J. The trailers provide outlets to charge phones or computers, computer workstations for victims to get online, as well as wireless phones for people to use. In addition to those WECCs, Verizon is offering free device charging and domestic calls at Verizon stores.

AT&T is doing more in the heart of New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced during his press conference Thursday that AT&T will be positioning its own charging stations or trailers at food and water stations, which are being set up in all the five boroughs of New York City. Similar to Verizon, AT&T is offering free charging at its other stores in the Northeast.

AT&T is also allowing for recovery donations to be made via text message. You can pledge $10 to the Red Cross (REDCROSS), Salvation Army (STORM) and to the American Humane Society (HUMANE).

The four major U.S. carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile -- have issued statements about their continued efforts to restore full service on the East Coast.

"The vast majority of our cell sites in the Northeast are online and working. We are making progress in areas that were especially hard-hit, including New York City and New Jersey, where flooding, power loss, transportation and debris all pose challenges," an AT&T spokesperson told ABC News.

On Wednesday, AT&T and T-Mobile announced that they were joining hands, allowing their networks to interoperate. If AT&T service is down in one area, customers will be able to use T-Mobile's service and vice versa.

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AT&T Follows Verizon, Launches Shared Data Plans

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The nation's two largest carriers are shaking up their data plans to help keep up in a world where more people and their families now own multiple smartphones and tablets.

On the heels of Verizon's announcement in late June of its "Share Everything" data plans, which lets customers share a bucket of data across phones and tablets, AT&T has announced today its very own "Mobile Share" plans.

The new offerings, which will be available in late August, will let new and existing AT&T customers buy a single "bucket" of 3G or 4G data, which they can use for web surfing, email, apps, etc., on any device included. The plans will also include unlimited voice minutes and text messages. Before this, customers had to buy specific data plans for each device.

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Apple Unveils New iPad with Higher Definition Display

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced its new iPad on Wednesday -- a powerful updated model with a new processor and a high-definition display.

The new "Retina Display" screen has 2048 x 1536 resolution, which is higher than that found on any other tablet on the market. The result, said Apple, will be much crisper pictures and video. After weeks of rumors that it might be called the "iPad 3" or "iPad HD," Apple only referred to it as "the new iPad" at Wednesday's rollout in San Francisco.

Apple senior vice president of marketing, Philip W. Schiller, touted the new screen on stage. "You are going to see sharper images," he said. "Photos are just going to look amazing."

On the outside, the new iPad looks very similar to the tablet Apple has been selling for more than a year. But with an A5x processor and quad-core graphics, Apple said images would have 44 percent greater "saturation" than one sees on the previous model. There will be 3.1 million pixels on the screen, or 264 per inch.

The new tablet will have 10 hours of battery life, Schiller said, nine hours when receiving 4G signals. It will be all of 9.5 mm thick.

Schiller said the new iPad would have a more powerful "iSight" camera built in, similar in resolution to the 8 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S. The camera, he said, can capture 1080p video. It also has image stabilization.

Apple has also added 4G LTE capabilities from Verizon and AT&T, meaning those who opt for the 3G / 4G models will get faster browsing and Internet speeds. This is the first time Apple has decided to integrate LTE into one of its products. The base model, which will start at $499, will have 16GB of memory and only Wi-Fi connectivity.

Apple said it would start taking pre-orders for the new iPad in 10 countries on Wednesday, and it will be available March 16. A version with 64GB of memory will retail for $699.

Presiding over the announcement was Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO and founder Steve Jobs' chosen successor. "You are going to see a lot more of this kind of innovation. We are just getting started.” Cook said.

Among other features, the new tablet will take dictation. Speak into a microphone, Apple said, and your words will be transcribed on the screen.

The new iPad announcement comes as the company faces stiff scrutiny over how its products are made in China. Following reports of underage labor and unsafe working conditions, the Fair Labor Association will submit a report on Apple's Foxconn production lines this month. ABC News got an exclusive look inside Apple's production line last month.

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Phone Cramming Leads to Verizon Settlement

PRNewsFoto/Pierce Promotions(NEW YORK) -- Telephone giant Verizon has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over "cramming," in which outside companies place charges on consumers' phone bills without their permission. The remarkable thing is that customers will be eligible for 100-percent refunds of the crammed charges. Most class-actions only achieve restitution for victims at a fraction of the true harm. Verizon has not admitted fault in the matter, despite agreeing to the settlement.

Even better, in the future, Verizon will only put outside charges on new customers' bills if they opt in -- meaning they have given permission for this to happen. And who would opt in? Just be on the lookout, consumers, because often choices like this are buried in fine print or stated in baffling "legalese." And it's unclear whether existing customers will be given a choice, so calling Verizon or going online to inquire may not be a bad idea.

Cramming charges are usually small billings of less than a dollar made on landline phone bills by outside companies that provide -- or pretend to provide -- services such as horoscopes, weather reports or auxiliary voicemail boxes. The key to this deception is that the charges are so small and phone bills are so complex, that many consumers never notice and the crammers make millions a few cents at a time.

Why is this settlement is such good news? With the opt-in feature, it sets a precedent that could kill off cramming all together. Plus, both current and former customers will be able to get full refunds of the unauthorized third-party charges. If you were crammed for years on end without noticing, the pennies will add up for you just as they have for the crammers. Hopefully you'll at least get a pair of shoes, a dinner out -- or a phone bill payment -- out of it. The attorneys for the class say some consumers may have claims for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

So here's how you get your money. The settlement covers phone accounts belonging to individuals, small businesses and local governments. The time period is for billings made between April 27, 2005 through Feb. 28, 2012. You will either be able to make a "full payment claim" -- presumably by providing detailed proof -- or a "flat payment claim" for $40 with fewer hoops to jump through. Once the settlement receives final approval from the judge, the forms will be available here. The deadline is Nov. 15 of this year. If you'd like more information, you can contact the settlement administrator at or call 1-877-772-6219.

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Report: iPad 3 With Verizon, AT&T LTE Expected in Early March

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The iPad 3 reports just keep flowing in. The Wall Street Journal reports that versions of the forthcoming tablet will be available with AT&T and Verizon LTE, which is capable of providing speeds as fast as Wi-Fi connections.

Like the LTE tablets and phones sold by AT&T and Verizon, the new iPad is said to fall back on the slower 3G network if there’s no LTE service in a particular area. The Wall Street Journal does not detail the service plans or agreements; but unlike the other tablets sold through the carriers, Apple doesn’t require a contract when purchasing a 3G iPad through Verizon and AT&T.  

This would mark the first time that Apple has sold a product with the higher speed 4G connection.

There’s also no word on whether there will be Sprint or T-Mobile versions. While T-Mobile is the only major U.S. carrier not to offer the iPhone with its service, Sprint is the only carrier to offer unlimited data for Apple’s phones. All four carriers would not comment on the next generation iPad rumors.

In addition to the aforementioned LTE addition, the next iPad is rumored to have a higher resolution display – double the pixel count of the current iPad – and a faster processor. A number of technology blogs have reported that Apple will hold the iPad announcement March 7.

The Journal is also reporting that Apple is working on a smaller, 8-inch version of the iPad, although that version is not expected to launch until later in the year.

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AT&T Leads ISP Market for Businesses in September

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(RESTON, Va.) -- AT&T led the U.S. business Internet Service Provider market in browser-based Internet page views in September, comScore announced Monday.

According to the report, AT&T had a 20 percent share of all business Internet traffic in September 2011, followed by Verizon at 12 percent, and CenturyLink at 7 percent.

The top five business ISPs controlled nearly 50 percent of business Internet traffic, according to the report.

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Sprint Rumored to Offer Apple Unlimited Data Service Plan

Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. may be the latest wireless carrier to team up with Apple Inc. in a unique way in an attempt to distinguish itself from rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Bloomberg News reports that Sprint is planning to offer Apple’s iPhone 5 unlimited data service plans, beginning in October.

Under the deal, Sprint—the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier—will become the country’s only operator to offer the iPhone unlimited data service for a flat fee in an effort to pull customers away from AT&T and Verizon Wireless and to Sprint instead.

Kansas-based Sprint has reported sales losses for 15 consecutive quarters as it has struggling to compete against larger rivals.

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25 CEOs Earned More than Their Companies Paid in Tax

Medioimages/Photodisc(WASHINGTON) -- Twenty-five of the biggest, best-known corporations in the U.S. paid more money to their CEOs last year than they paid to Uncle Sam in taxes, according to a report released Wednesday. The list includes Boeing, eBay, General Electric, International Paper, and Verizon. The same report, issued by the Institute of Policy Studies, a liberal think-tank, said the 25 companies enjoyed average global profits of $1.9 billion.

Chuck Collins, one of the study’s co-authors, told the Washington Post, “These individual CEOs are being rewarded for presiding over companies that dodge taxes.” Eighteen of the 25 firms operate subsidiaries in countries characterized as tax havens by the U.S. Government Accountability Office or by other tax-monitoring groups.

Some of the 25 took issue with the Institute’s approach, which focused only on what firms paid as a tax expense within calendar year 2010. A spokesman for Verizon, for example, told the Post that Verizon, “fully complies with all tax laws and pays its fair share of taxes.” Verizon said it had deferred paying the bulk of its 2010 taxes to future years.

The same report found that the gap between pay for the average U.S. worker and pay for CEOs rose to a ratio of 325-to-1 last year, up from 263-to-1 in 2009.

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Sprint to Start Selling iPhones in October?

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. will reportedly become the latest wireless provider to carry Apple's iPhones, joining the ranks of AT&T and Verizon.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal says the iPhone will be available to Sprint customers come mid-October.  The nation's third largest wireless carrier will get to sell the iPhone 4 -- Apple's current model -- and the new version of the cellphone, the iPhone 5.

AT&T and Verizon will also begin selling the iPhone 5 at the same time, two people with knowledge on the matter told the newspaper.

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Verizon Employees to Return to Work Monday

PRNewsFoto/Pierce Promotions(NEW YORK) -- Verizon Communications announced Saturday that its 45,000 employees on strike will return to work on Monday.

The strike ended without the workers earning new collective bargaining rights. The wireline employees will restart work with the same terms of their contracts that expired on Aug. 6.

Marc Reed, Verizon’s executive vice president of human resources, said, “We agreed to end the strike because we believe that is in the best interest of our customers and our employees.  We remain committed to our objectives, and we look forward to negotiating the important issues that are integral to the future health of Verizon’s wireline business.”

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