AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs
Replying to: Seriously people... by attrep42
Re: Seriously people...
Good comment. I have all my old contracts scanned in PDF format and whatb you say is there 100%, and has been since the early days of cellular service.
I think Boost mobile says it all - and in plain English. "Unlimited does not mean unreasonable" and on their brochure it makes reference to the same clause that you mentioned above about AT&T's rights is the same in the Boost contract. Ditto Verizon, Sprint, and even going back to US West and GTE.
These people just don't get it - the cellular system is a SHARED RESOURCE, but a lot of people with unlimited plans act like it is there own personal network. Obviously they were not around in the early days when we were paying $40.00 a month for service and 40 cents a minute on top of that.
Or the days of CompuServe and AOL where it was $6.00 an hour just for the chance to be online.
People like myself who lived through that think before we make a call - even though I am on an unlimited plan I still ask myself "can I afford this?" before I make the call. And I use my data carefully, I check my email, when I am away from home I might watch a couple of youtube videos, but I am careful not to use too much because I understand that I may be taking away from another casual user.
The real problem is a combination of factors. But I see the major problem thusly: Companies like Netflix, or Apple (with iCloud) and all the others telling you about all the cool stuff you can do without telling you how much data it uses.
There was an article recently about Verizon's LTE and how (in theory) you could burn through your 5 GB in just over two hours.
Bandwidth hogs SHOULD pay proportionately more than those of us who are sensible with our bandwidth usage.
How is this for an idea? Since you guys are the only ones with Rollover Minutes, how about "Rollover Data'
The unlimited people who use LESS than 5 GB a month - lets say I use 2 GB. So I get 5 GB at full speed then I get throttled back. Now I am using the 5 GB number since on your other devices that used to be the cap.
But since this moth I only used 2 GB I get an extra 3 GB that won't get throttled back next month - or 8GB at full speed. Like your Rollover Minutes the extras could expire in a year. By rewarding people this way it would tell people "Hey, use less and asave it up for when you really need it!"
Another idea would be this...For those people still on unlimited plans - offer them a rebate every month they stay under 5 GB. Say - 10.00 a GB taken off their bill.
Finally, a third option. To get them to switch OFF of an unlimited plan (and since I hear tell iPhone customers use the most bandwidth)offer them a FREE top of the line iPhone. Make it a 32 GB device, no out of pocket, and although they would sign a contract it would only be to reduce them to one of your new data plans - with no time commitment.
As with you, just my two cents.
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