FCC Asking All Carriers to Explain Throttling Policies
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today indicated the agency has sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile with questions pertaining to their network management policies. The issue bubbled to the surface recently when Verizon announced plans to throttle its heaviest unlimited LTE subscribers. In a letter to Verizon, Wheeler called the policy management criteria "deeply troubling." Verizon responded and claimed its policies do not differ from those of its competitors. Wheeler is not convinced. "'All the kids do it' was never something that worked for me when I was growing up," said Wheeler. "My concern in this instance - and it's not just with Verizon, by the way, we've written to all the carriers - is that it is moving from a technology and engineering issue to the business issues ... such as choosing between different subscribers based on your economic relationship with them." AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have not yet responded publicly to the FCC's query.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
AT&T Follows T-Mo and Verizon, to Offer Free Olympic Roaming
AT&T today said that like its competitors T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, it will offer customers the opportunity to use their mobile devices during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at no extra cost. Specifically, AT&T will waive the $10 fee normally charged for the AT&T International Day Pass.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
Throttling is a Necessary Evil
How carriers get around this is unlimited data but at which speed is not a guarantee.
Even as a self admitted heavy user, I "get it".
Why would you not want to use WiFi where availible over your mobile provider. Even with an "unlimited" plan it saves your battery and is typically faster and more stable.
I am with Sprint and in the past I've used at times over triple digit gigabytes of wireless data in a billing cycle. It's hard on your device and the battery other than "bragging rights" or that feeling you "got one over on the man" it's really anti climatic.
Let's all grow up and use our devices responsibly.
Why is it wrong for Tmobile to throttle
Well, If my friends jumped off a bridge, So did I. It was awesome. Some of us didn't come out alive. The rest of us suffered broken bones and/or permanent memory loss. But,it was a gang thing. We were kids.
Wireless companies throttle their customers so that the families with dopey kids aren't hogging everyone else's bandwidth 24/7 playing Minecraft.