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AT&T Ups Throttling Threshold to 3GB

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Throttled at 2gb is a lie....

Starter69

Mar 2, 2012, 6:16 PM
At least in Michigan. I consistently use 2gb-4gb a month on my unlimited plan and have never received the throttle text. On the other hand, a friend of mine consistently uses over 7gb each month and receives the message between 5gb and 6gb on average. So not sure where ATT is getting this throttle at 2gb crap but as a Michigan unlimited user, I have never seen this.
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JBlaze74

Mar 2, 2012, 6:32 PM
I think that the reason this thread has blown up so badly is because people have focused on the 2GB and not the time that it took to get to 2GB. If you use 2-4GB in a month, then you aren't using as much as someone that hits 2GB in a week, obviously. Not clear on what system AT&T uses to monitor usage and make this determination on when and how to throttle. It may be that you and your friend have been very fortunate, or not in an over saturated market. I would bet that the 2GB throttle limit ends up hitting people in major metropolitan area like New York, LA, Chicago, etc... before it hits people in smaller cities and other areas.
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Starter69

Mar 2, 2012, 6:40 PM
See, I would think the exact opposite. I would think that larger cities like New York, LA, Chicago, etc would not have the 2gb issue as they used to throttle the top 5% of users. I would imagine in larger cities there would be a lot more people using an absurd amount of data where the top 5% could be 10gb for example whereas the smaller areas (like where I am) the 5% would be an easier threshold since there are less people using the network in our area. I don't know how they obtain their 5% numbers (districts, markets, cities, states, etc) but I would assume if I use 2gb in a week in New York that I couldn't possibly be in the top 5% of people in the city doing so with that many people there with smartphones.
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psycros

Mar 2, 2012, 6:58 PM
I got hit at the 2gb mark two straight months as soon as they instituted the policy. I live in a rural area in a small state. In the past I've routinely used 5-6gb a month with no problem. Unfortunately, cell-based internet is the only kind available where I live (and usually from only a single carrier depending on where your home is).
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