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AT&T: P2P Apps on Mobile Phones, Laptop Cards Not Allowed

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More baloney by the cell companies...

bones boy

Jul 30, 2008, 2:45 PM
... in this case, AT&T. I can understand the reasons why it would be bad to use P2P or stream on *any* network. What network admin wants to hear complaints all the time due to lack of bandwidth? But to spend billions of dollars on a 3G (and 4G to come) buildout so that users can access the internet in an "intermittent and bursty" manner? Ridiculous.

This is "CYA" for AT&T for when the lawsuits start - as the first person gets booted off AT&T's service for constantly using their Slingbox on their HSDPA connection.

By the way - what grown man uses the word "bursty"? Shocked

Jul 31, 2008, 1:17 PM
Good example there. The Slingbox. High bandwidth but not P2P. Let's see if that gets lumped in with this as well. Or even using Orb for that matter. Fine line to be toeing.

Aug 1, 2008, 9:47 AM
Slingbox might not get lumped into that category, but if more and more people start using it, we'll see how hard ATT will stick to their 5GB limit.

It would be hard for P2P users to file any sort of lawsuit, however, given that a lot of file sharing that happens is technically illegal.

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