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AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs

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Jul 29, 2011, 3:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jul 29, 2011, 3:30 PM

AT&T today announced that it plans to throttle back the speeds available to wireless data customers who fall in the top 5% of data users. The company explained in a press release, "Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5% of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period." AT&T didn't define what the top 5% of users means and said the actual number varies from month to month. AT&T noted that streaming video and music all day over the cellular network, as well as uploading HD video and playing multiplayer games is what typically adds up data usage the fastest. This change will not apply to customers with tiered data plans. AT&T says that the vast majority of its customers will not be effected by this change.

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So does this mean we can opt out of contract?? boggerscbshop Jul 29, 2011, 4:48 PM
Seriously people... attrep42 Aug 3, 2011, 12:55 PM
Get Over It Phoneman 721 Aug 12, 2011, 1:16 PM
ATT is on right track Ken6271 Jul 29, 2011, 7:32 PM
The Truth: Tofuchong Jul 29, 2011, 4:00 PM
Make it more expensive jhr2112 Jul 30, 2011, 4:13 PM
What a bunch of whiners aejaneczek Aug 1, 2011, 7:29 PM
What's the point of... keithfrombm Jul 30, 2011, 12:44 AM
What a deal! island-guy Jul 29, 2011, 3:48 PM
Stop the BS and this is the bottom line... Greed MadFatMan Aug 1, 2011, 4:01 PM
They force us to be Data Hogs roachman Jul 31, 2011, 12:33 PM
This may sound like I'm defending AT&T's position..... Joshmo Jul 30, 2011, 8:42 AM
***NEWSFLASH*** AT&T Hates their customers! MadFatMan Jul 29, 2011, 4:09 PM
Law suit time roachman Jul 30, 2011, 11:36 AM
Ahh... ElTriste Jul 30, 2011, 7:40 PM
Even throttled..... Joshmo Jul 29, 2011, 11:58 PM
AT&T Data Throttling Is Just a Political Stunt andy2373 Jul 30, 2011, 10:56 AM
Everything in that press release is utter bull**** keithfrombm Jul 30, 2011, 12:19 AM
Wait a minute! andy2373 Jul 29, 2011, 6:09 PM
Where is... pickles Jul 29, 2011, 9:45 PM
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