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AT&T Planning to Crackdown On Bandwidth Hogs

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Dec 10, 2009, 8:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Dec 10, 2009, 9:31 AM

AT&T Mobility CES Ralph de la Vega told investors at a UBS conference in New York that the company plans to implement measures to reduce the strain on its network. He said, "We need to educate the customer to reduce or modify their usage. We've got to get them to understand what represents a megabyte of data. We're improving all our systems to let consumers get real-time information on their data usage." Mr. de la Vega did not say exactly how it plans to enforce any sort of new policy, but the Associated Press said that a usage-based policy is inevitable. Right now, AT&T's smartphone users have no limit on how much data they can consume per month.

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americannarc

Dec 10, 2009, 11:54 AM

STILL NUMBER 2

AT&T Mobility CES Ralph de la Vega told investors at a UBS conference in New York that the company plans to implement measures to reduce the strain on its network. He said, "We need to educate the customer to reduce or modify their usage. We've got to get them to understand what represents a megabyte of data. We're improving all our systems to let consumers get real-time information on their data usage." Mr. de la Vega did not say exactly how it plans to enforce any sort of new policy, but the Associated Press said that a usage-based policy is inevitable. Right now, AT&T's smartphone users have no limit on how much data they can consume per month.



so they want you to pay your bill but not use there service. must be one of there 100,00...
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it's called "MyWireless" and you can pay your bill, only they let you use their service.
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Jonathanlc2005

Dec 10, 2009, 9:05 PM

this is why i love my pre

tethering, always uses internet, growing number of apps, and so on. and exactly how many years ive been tethering on phones? about 5!

cant wait for wimax to show up
Tethering is not supported on the Pre, never has been either. Sprint has the same policy as AT&T.

http://gizmodo.com/5290871/palm-warns-about-pre-teth ... »
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jhass

Dec 10, 2009, 8:40 AM

IPHONE USERS

Will most likely get a MB limit on a device that only works 50% of the time.. hahaha Twisted Evil
Well...can't have it both ways. Apparently SOMEONE is using AT&T's network a lot. This reminds me of when I worked for SunCom and this guy is in my store complaining that he shouldn't have to pay his $30 bill because his phone never worked. It was ...
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acculabs

Dec 10, 2009, 11:01 AM

Our Service sucks so much we are going to punish you for using it.

You just can't make this stuff up. LMFAO
that's not at all what they're saying.
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bluecoyote

Dec 10, 2009, 11:34 AM

Nothing new if you're a Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mo User...

Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already do this. You have a soft cap of around 5GB on phones (this is a hard cap on data cards). If you're consistently downloading over that your account gets flagged for excessive use.

From my Sprint contract:

Sprint: "reserves the right to limit throughput speeds or amount of data transferred and to deny, terminate, modify, or suspend service"
It's not easy to break 5 GB on a mobile phone, unless you are downloading a whole DVD image on a Windows Phone that has at least an 8 GB memory card installed.

Verizon's fine print says 200 kbps for you if you break 5GB on an Unlimited, although I ...
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I have never heard of this with Verizon. Can you provide proof please?
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JeffdaBeat

Dec 10, 2009, 8:56 AM

Okay...AT&T Makes Bad Press For Itself...

Here's the deal, I understand what AT&T is going through with the traffic of the iPhone. I honestly get it. But they aren't going to win over consumers this way. In fact, I feel like a lot of the steps they take to pull back on network problems make people hate them even more than dropped calls and uneven 3G coverage.

Already, we can't download more than a 10MB file unless we are on Wifi, we can have any video streaming apps unless on Wifi, and we can't tether. All these things make AT&T call attention to it's own faults...something they should have never started to do unless they had full intention of alleviating some of those problems. AT&T proclaims their network is strong, but in turn, does these things to protect it.

Taking actio...
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Just go to verizon and get the droid or storm 2 and you pay $30 for unlimited internet and up to 10 email accounts..no limit on 10mb pictures you can watch youtube flawlessly without any wifi needed
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Just a minor correction, the other carriers limit 5 GB on data cards, but there is no limit (at least with VZW and Sprint) on data usage on phones.
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If you jailbreak a phone, can't you get past that 10mb limit? I think that's whats going to come out of this. People who hacked their phones to get around those limits.
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flagrantmisuse

Dec 10, 2009, 10:09 AM

ARG!

Why ralph? why?! you're supposed to be the one creating confidence in the company you help run, not making people wonder why in 7 f*cks you still have this job title!?!

this is infuriating.
Disclosure: I am on Verizon with a Blackberry, but, I have tremendous iPhone envy :-)

I gotta tell you, when I read the NY Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/technology /companies/10iphone.html?_r=1) I thought that it was a joke or a s...
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island-guy

Dec 10, 2009, 4:24 PM

Wimax isn't so shabby anymore, huh?

For once I commend At&t's admission of network woes. Are they not able to handle data traffic even with the 800 mhz implementation?
that's an interesting question. if anything, i think it allows more people to use the data since the signal strength is more powerful and can penetrate buildings and the like easier. if that makes sense.
Azeron

Dec 10, 2009, 9:11 AM

I Guess

...that I have always been of the mind that unlimited is exactly that. Now here I have this unlimited data plan and you want to limit me and make me the bad guy? No thanks! Get LTE up and running as soon as possible!
My mother got a notification that said that the users on her account were using too much of their unlimited text messaging, and there was the possibility that the account would be charged. It never happened, but I'm wondering if they're saying 'oh, yo...
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ccareatatt

Dec 10, 2009, 11:26 AM

Nothing official

It was a question posed at a conference about industry wide choice on limited usage; he simply stated we are looking into it but nothing is concrete set in stone we are going to enforce it, policy. Besides, any existing user would have to be grandfathered in because of the contract.
 
 
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