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AT & T launches U-verse services in Wichita, Kan.

Mon, 08/11/2008 - 8:20am
Traci Patterson

AT&T has launched its suite of U-verse services – which include U-verse TV, U-verse High-Speed Internet and U-verse Voice – in Wichita, Kan.

Customers can currently order AT&T’s U-verse services throughout areas of Wichita, and AT&T said that it will make U-verse services available to more homes on an ongoing basis.

AT&T offers a 100 percent IP-based TV service that offers customers more than 45 high-definition (HD) channels. U-verse TV subscribers have the ability to set their digital video recorder (DVR) from any location – including any Web-connected PC or compatible AT&T mobile phone (wireless service charges apply) – and can simultaneously record up to four standard-definition (SD) programs, or two HD programs, with the DVR.

AT&T U-verse TV subscribers also have access to AT&T Online Photos from Flickr, which allows them to upload photos and watch slideshows on their TVs. Other features of U-verse TV include AT&T U-bar, which brings customizable weather, stock, sports and traffic information to the TV screen; Yellowpages.com TV; AT&T Yahoo Games, which are also available on the TV screen; Built-in Picture-in-Picture; and an ever-growing video-on-demand (VOD) library.

U-verse Voice, a managed IP-based service that is delivered over AT&T's fiber-rich network, offers the following features: combined AT&T U-verse Voice and AT&T wireless voicemail with U-verse Messaging, which provides a single voice mailbox that can be accessed from any phone line or PC; U-verse Central, an online management portal where subscribers can manage all of their voice-related services; Call History; Click to Call; an online address book; Locate Me; and other traditional calling features.

And AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet provides consumers with a maximum downstream speed of up to 10 Mbps, and a maximum upstream speed of up to 1.5 Mbps. All AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet packages include wireless home or office networking at no extra cost. Subscribers also receive virtually unlimited e-mail storage, anti-virus and anti-spam software, and access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, with free unlimited connectivity at more than 17,000 hotspot locations nationwide.

AT&T has recently launched its trio of U-verse services in South Florida; Miami Valley, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; northeast Wisconsin; Fresno, Visalia and Clovis, Calif.; and western Michigan.

In its second quarter, AT&T added 170,000 new U-verse customers for a total of 549,000 (story here), but some industry experts have predicted that the U-verse rollout will be slowed this year by the decline in new homes being built.

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