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AT&T Ups Throttling Threshold to 3GB

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Sympathy for the Devil

by MadFatMan    Mar 4, 2012, 7:56 AM

I've made it all to clear in my years on Phonescoop how I feel about AT&T.

They are overpriced, that's why I don't have them as a carrier and this is my choice as with any other consumer.

Their network network coverage is insufficient for my primary places of usage and this is fine as coverage is regional as well as peoples opinions of their coverage for example if I lived in NYC I would HATE it but I would have to go Verizon even though they are the HIGHEST priced of the majors and likewise if I was in the northwestern US like Oregon or Washington state I would use AT&T. But my preference would be Sprint whenever possible. I would suck it up and muscle through a lot before I would port my number to Red or Big Blue.

With that being said, here is AT&T's dilemma...

Handset technology has out grown and out smarted their billing system.

What was intended as unlimited data for handset use only has been exploited for device tethering, phone as a modem set ups, and WiFi hot spots on rooted and jail broken devices. They do offer a chance to buy a tethering package with data limit but tech savy consumers have found work arounds to avoid that monthly charge and the data cap.

This wasn't such an issue when Smartphones held less than 12% of the market but now Smartphones are 65% of the market and growing! To add it is easier than ever to root or jailbreak devices to accomodate illegal tether set ups .

This has created network conjestion as this has been amplified by the fact more and more people are abandoning their wireline home services and going cell phone ONLY and are using these illegal tether set ups as their households primary internet connection.

So, with the limitation of their billing system to identity these abusers they have been forced to throttle the customers. Their alternative would be to hire a team of people to audit ALL the estimated 17,000,000 subscribers that have a grandfathered data plan one by one and that is not cost effective.

Yes, AT&T SHOULD HAVE invested more in their network but their terms and conditions clearly do excluded tethering or sharing you data connection with another device and the unlimited data was ONLY intended for the handset only.

I don't like what they are doing to their customers but I can see why they are doing it. So there is my "Sympathy for the Devil"

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