AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs
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.
So does this mean we can opt out of contract??
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Good comment. I have all my old contracts scanned in PDF format and whatb you say is there 100%, and has been since the early days of cellular service.
I think Boost mobile says it all - and in plain English. "Unlimited does not mea...
Get Over It
First of all, I am not surprised at all. When AT&T and then Verizon went tiered (and T-Mobile throttled back at a very low level) it was pretty obvious that this was coming to those who were grandfathered in with unlimited data.
Secondly, in spite of their ads, don't be surprised when Sprint takes one or the other approach as well.
Third, everyone should have known this was coming with more reliance on "the cloud" that EVERYONE (including Apple) is pushing. More and more apps will be in "the cloud" and that means more and more data use. Everyone acts surprised...but it's just a return to the past.
Those of us who have been around for a while remember when we paid $40 a month just to have voice service ...
I would also remind all of you that ALL of the contracts I have seen reserve the right of the company to modify the terms at any time. "Grandfathering In" is a great promotional tool, but let me remind all of you that it is not guarantee...
ATT is on right track
Make it more expensive
What a bunch of whiners
What's the point of...
What a deal!
Seriously what is the point in having a fast wireless network if it can't be used to view videos on a smartphone?
Stop the BS and this is the bottom line... Greed
This is a clear case where the carrier can monitor, track, & measure and inviduals useage of wireless broadband and bill accordingly it is no longer a matter of adding a service order code and having the switch turn on a valve for the subscriber they now have a personally identifyable meter running on every single subscription on the tangable comodity know...
They force us to be Data Hogs
You realize that Verizon has been throttling data for months now on the top 2% of data hogs, right?
You also realize that this is the news article for ATT following suit for the top 5%, right?
Are you paying attention or are you ...
This may sound like I'm defending AT&T's position.....
I think it's a fair statement to say that most of the U.S. smartphone users don't use their phones the way that members of phonescoop use their phones.
I'd also say it's fair that most members here because we are tech enthusists, push our phones to the limits.
It's because of people like us that data speeds have been increasing over the years.
But on that same note, it's because of people like us that "unlimited" plans are going the way of the dodo.
I've heard people on here brag about using 45 to 60 gig a month, and jay ...
I think we can all reco...
***NEWSFLASH*** AT&T Hates their customers!
Law suit time
You could easily change down to the $15 200mb plan if you're with AT&T, save yourself some money on her usage.
As far as your usage, ...
Lol what grounds would you sue them on?
Get real dude. Welcome to America. This country is controlled by greed, are you new here or something?
Unfortunately, your post will be ignored such as mine, because it is not the popular view of the high percentage of paid carrier representatives in this forum. They are n...
AT&T Data Throttling Is Just a Political Stunt
Something doesn't seem to add up, though. Either AT&T is exaggerating the impact of this five percent and making a spectacle out of the policy change as a political move to justify the case for why it "needs" the T-Mobile acquisition approved, or AT&T is not being completely honest with regard to how many users will be affected or what the impact will be.
The final statement of the AT&T press release regarding the data throttling policy supports that theory as well: "But even as we pursue this additional measure, it will not solve our spectrum shortage and network capacity issues. Nothing short of completing t
Everything in that press release is utter bull****
Wait a minute!
But wait a minute, hold on. That fancy new high speed internet that's now available to you 3% who can't actually get it from a cable or phone company. There's a catch, a 5GB/month cap. Unlike the cable and phone companies who I'm sure have caps, just allot higher than 5GB.
So basically ATT is on one hand advertising the benefits of a TMO buy out while in the other hand already sticking it to the consumer.
That was fast.
Aside from that, I think we all knew AT&T was going to do this eventually.