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AT&T Launches Low-Band 5G: Don't Buy It Until It's Tested - PCMag.com

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AT&T Launches Low-Band 5G: Don't Buy It Until It's Tested - PCMag.comAT&T Launches Low-Band 5G: Don't Buy It Until It's Tested - PCMag.comPosted: 13 Dec 2019 12:00 AM PSTAT&T launched its low-band 5G network today, offering up a 5G icon for residents of ten metro areas as long as they buy one new phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. But AT&T is setting them up for massive 5G confusion. This phone won't support the fast millimeter-wave 5G that AT&T has been selling to business customers in 21 cities, and because of the way spectrum allotments work, it may be slower in 5G mode than a Galaxy S10 phone on AT&T's '5G E' 4G network.All this means you shouldn't buy the new AT&T 5G phone for now. But let's celebrate AT&T before we bury it. AT&T is launching 5G in Birmingham, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, with another big set of…

Midwest Express Clinic acquires MedSpring's five Chicago locations - nwitimes.com

Midwest Express Clinic acquires MedSpring's five Chicago locations - nwitimes.com


Midwest Express Clinic acquires MedSpring's five Chicago locations - nwitimes.com

Posted: 07 Jan 2020 05:06 AM PST

Midwest Express Clinic, which opened its first urgent care clinic in Munster in 2012, is making a major expansion into Chicago.

The urgent care chain, which also has Northwest Indiana locations in Hammond, Crown Point, Dyer, Schererville and Merrillville, recently acquired MedSpring's five urgent care facilities in Chicago for an undisclosed sum.

"We're excited for our expansion into Chicago and hope to make these neighborhoods even stronger," said Kaitlyn Steinberg, Midwest Express Clinic's Director of Operations.

Midwest Express Clinic bought Baltimore-based MedSpring's facilities in Lakeview, River North, Wicker Park, West Loop and Roscoe Village in Chicago, expanding from 12 to 17 locations in Indiana and Illinois.

The company now employs 160 people, including 50 it's retaining from MedSpring, which also operates in Baltimore and Atlanta.

Midwest Express Clinic serves more than 200,000 patients a year in its coverage area, which stretches across the Chicagoland metro as far as Willowbrook and Bourbonnais in Illinois. It offers a wide array of services such as injury care, treatment for illnesses, X-rays, Vitamin B12 shots and $25 baby gender reveals.

"We offer a variety of services to accommodate our patients, whether it's for primary care or an acute illness. Our goal is to keep patients out of the ER and provide quality care at an affordable price. We have convenient hours and strive to get our patients in and out within a timely manner," Steinberg said. "By expanding our locations into Chicago, we are able to provide more access to patients in need."

Urgent care facilities nationwide have grown from 6,400 in 2014 to 8,100 in 2018 as consumers seek more affordable and convenient health care options, according to Consumer Reports. Another 600 urgent care clinics are expected to open in 2020.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile By the Gig Shared Data - Telecompetitor

Posted: 01 Aug 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Comcast today announced Xfinity Mobile By the Gig Shared Data, a new data plan designed as an alternative to existing unlimited and pay-per-gigabyte plans.

Xfinity Mobile now gives customers the option of one-click switching between Unlimited and By the Gig pricing plans, and also offers  a 'mix and match' feature that lets customers mix Unlimited and By the Gig pricing on an account based on each family or group member's individual needs. A 'switch and save' option enables customers to switch between By the Gig and Unlimited during a billing cycle.

According to the CTIA 2019 annual report, the average consumer uses 6.6 GB of cellular data per month, so most don't need an unlimited data plan, Comcast notes. A majority of Xfinity Mobile customers today prefer to pay "by the gig."

"We saw an opportunity to better serve groups of friends and families who don't need Unlimited but want more than a pay per GB plan, so we're introducing shared data options whereby the more data you purchase, the less you pay per gigabyte," said Rui Costa, vice president of product management and customer experience for Xfinity Mobile, in a prepared statement. "It's a natural evolution of our service that puts each individual in control of building the mobile data plan that works for them and then easily adjusting it with one click of the app – whether to switch data plans mid-billing cycle based on usage, or turn on HD to watch a show and then immediately turn it off to lower data consumption."

The new data options and features include:

  • By the Gig Shared Data – new customers paying per gigabyte on By the Gig can select a minimum amount of cellular data each month shared across all lines on an account. Customers can choose how much they need and share it with their family or across their group of friends – the more shared data a customer selects, the more they will save: 1 GB for $12; 3 GB for $30; and 10 GB for $60. In addition, video will stream in HD (720p on smartphones and up to 1080p on tablets) and personal hotspotting will be at LTE speeds on the new By the Gig data options.
  • Data Saver – a new feature that will give customers who pay by the gig the ability to control their video resolution with one click. Customers can turn it on at any time by line even just to watch one show in HD, and then turn it off when they want to save – all for free directly from the Xfinity Mobile app.
  • Value Passes – we're introducing two value passes based on feedback from customers to meet their unique mobile needs:

    Mexico & Canada Call Pass – $10 per month per line for unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada – ideal for those customers with friends or relatives in either country.

    HD Pass – $20 per month per line for an upgrade to HD video resolution on Unlimited lines (720p on phone and 1080p on tablets) and to access faster speeds when the network is congested, such as during concerts and sporting events.

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