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AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs

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This may sound like I'm defending AT&T's position.....

by Joshmo    Jul 30, 2011, 8:42 AM

It's not so much at&t position that I'm defending, but moreso businesses in general. If a company invests billions of dollars on infrastructure, I think they get some rights in protecting their investment.

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 (one of our more carrier hating posters here), says he refuses to pay for a home connection because he runs everything off his phone.

We as a consumer have to take some of the blame here. We can't just put it all on the carriers. AT&T put out a statement when they did tiered data that said 98% of it's customer base used less than 2 gigs a month. If we take that as actual hard data....then the guys using 60 gigs a month are using 30x the amount of data than the rest of the US. We can't honestly sit back and say that the company is completely in the wrong for wanting to put a stop to it.

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