AT&T to Throttle Heaviest Data Hogs
Top message: So does this mean we can opt out of contract?? by boggerscbshop
Replying to: Can't by medic6037
I can tell you from personal experience the old line "change of terms will get you out of your contract" simply does not work.
Besides that, the terms aren't changing. Any cell contract (and btw if yours are with at&t you can view them on your online acct) of any of the major carriers always carry this clause (or similar): carrier does not guarentee service in all areas at all times, does not guarentee data speeds. So, changing your speed is not a breach of contract.
If you have unlimited data, there's a good chance you could have benefited from increased data speeds in the past years and in the future. Don't hear anyone crying foul over that.
I am an AT&T account rep and I deal directly with customers that try every day to get out of contracts for one reason or another. Throttling data is not going to affect very many people 5% of the highest users...just think about that in comparison to the number of users AT&T has. Many of the highest users are tethering their phones without tethering plans and using insane amounts of data, not what most people would actually use on their phones even if they were streaming netflix or pandora. I think this is raising some people's blood pressure over nothing really.
Bottom line is this:
If the people who use the most aren't able to bog down the network so that the majority of normal users have a better experience with their phones... then (almost) everyone wins. AT&T has to focus on what is going to be best for the majority of its users. Its simply unfair to let hundreds of thousands of people suffer with slower speeds because a very tiny portion of people are using all the bandwidth.
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