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AT&T Ups Throttling Threshold to 3GB

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whatwhatjbdo

Mar 1, 2012, 8:14 PM
You all seem to not understand that AT&T is a business...if you have service with AT&T or any other provider this is no different. You should all consider what you are agreeing to when you start service and sign contracts...if you dont, that is your fault, not AT&Ts. Go to their website and search for Terms and conditions (or Verizon or Tmo or your regional carrier). It is no different than any other provider of services. If there are no policies in place, then there is no consistency which is worse than having a few people not able to download torrents or stream movies. This is AT&Ts business. When it is FredT&T or AmyT&T or when you get to own a business that provides internet access for over 100 million connected devices...you make the ru...
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tether

Mar 1, 2012, 8:38 PM
Is this an utter impossibilty with A Fee & Fee? If you can't handle your 100 million connected devices, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile would be glad to help them out. How is it bandwidth at AT&T "magically" increases when an app maker would pay them to completely unlimited? What a mystery, more like what a joke.
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whatwhatjbdo

Mar 1, 2012, 8:54 PM
Its not. They are running low on spectrum at a serious rate. But they are still a business and have to make an attempt at increasing it per Shareholders agreement. I own stock in that company and want them to grow bec of that. That means keep selling and connecting everything. They cannot stop selling phones...it doesnt work like that for a company of this size. They attempted to get spectrum to meet the next 10 years of network demand and were told no by FCC and other companies and even the public. So its a hard battle for them. There is currently...and I do meant that word specifically...currently no other solution. They would love to have someone find a way to make the web available to all at a super fast speed for unlimited time...the pr...
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216dilbert

Mar 2, 2012, 11:48 AM
Limit talk and surf at the same time and make the network one so spectrum is not used for data and some for date because they did not upgrade sooner and things would look diffrent.
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Vmac39

Mar 2, 2012, 4:06 PM
You know, I've thought about that, too. As much as I love and use that feature, they may just have to give up on that feature to help deal with the high demand on the network. Currently, no other carrier offers that ability, unless it's on LTE, from my understanding. Now, I do realize that this has been a major selling point for ATT and I would be sad to see it go but, if it means increasing data cap limits to five or ten gigs for unlimited users and lessen the overall congestion on the network, I'm all for it. The question is, does this feature really affect the network in such a huge way? I'm sure this isn't a feature that everyone uses on a regular or even on an extended basis, when they do.

They could limit this feature based on base...
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JBlaze74

Mar 2, 2012, 4:23 PM
The way I understand talk and browse, the reason it works for AT&T is because the frequencies are different. The reason that Sprint and Verizon non LTE or Wimax cannot browse and talk is because the data signal comes through the same frequency as the talk signal. Not sure if talk and browse actually affects data speed for AT&T. Would have to research that further.
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whatwhatjbdo

Mar 3, 2012, 12:38 PM
Correct j. Tmo and AT&T can do both voice and data because they use GSM for voice and GPRS for data. Of course that is all the 3G network including HSPA+. CDMA carriers use the same signal for both. So for those devices to perform simul voice and data, the data has to be either be LTE or wifi. Relieving voice for AT&T is not the solution. It would require a change of using 700 MHz spectrum for their LTE buildout to the 850/1900 signals. 700 is just a better signal. Once all LTE is rolled, AT&T should be able to make things a little easier on the public, if and only if the FCC lets them get more spectrum for their network. at that point, voie will be a data function since they are going to use VoLTE. Just like Verizon. Folks, don't forget thi...
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mycool

Mar 2, 2012, 12:29 PM
whatwhatjbdo said:
Its not. They are running low on spectrum at a serious rate.


I don't know about that... I'd only be convinced by an independent engineer looking at all the data and coming up with an analysis.

All these carriers are the same ones that claimed that LNP was going to break the system, that the Exaflood was coming, and now that there isn't going to be enough spectrum to survive long term.
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whatwhatjbdo

Mar 3, 2012, 12:49 PM
Well don't read too deep into my words. I do work for a carrier and I train people on how to troubleshoot network issues and such. I know a bit about the networks and how they work. I am not an engineer, but I can tell you that device like iPhones are expanding at incredible rates (see apples 100 billion cash stock pile) and AT&T is attempting some pretty big business approaches. I forgot to mention too...most people do not realize that AT&Ts customer base is more business than consumer. They do supply coverage for state vehicles, UPS, Fed ex, ankle bracelets, picture frames, home security systems, Ford vehicles, Boeing communications (which is a massive undertaking), etc...put all that into perspective and you can understand that they are u...
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