AT&T to Top 5 Percenters: We Warned You
Feb 6, 2012, 2:16 PM by Eric M. Zeman
AT&T today responded to reports of throttling from users who have unlimited data plans. The company announced in July of last year that it would throttle the data speeds of its top 5% of users — even those who have unlimited data plans. "Smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage puts them in the top 5% of our heaviest data users," said AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom in an email to Phone Scoop. "We will continue to send reminders and communicate with these customers ahead of time as their usage approaches the top 5%. For 95% of our smartphone customers this continues to present no impact." According to AT&T, the actual amount of data used by the top 5% changes each month. Customers who are throttled during a portion of their billing period due t heavy use will be restored to full-speed service at the start of the next billing cycle.
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Just Switch To Sprint...
$30 / month is ridiculous to have a cap or be told you have to use your home networks wifi or sit in a McDonalds with screaming kids.
AT&T isnt even playing FAIR with thier billing practices... If you go even one MB or less over their 2GB threshold you are charged $20 for the next tier of 2gb of data...
Would you buy a muscle car with a 2 gallon fuel tank?
Switch to Sprint, and stop this nonsensical head game or being told HOW and WHEN you can use your handset/smartphone....
If disgusted with AT&T, check out Ebay & P/U unlimited grandfathered data with Verizon
way to go atyt!
nonsensical... top 5%, there ALWAYS will be a top 5%...
How does that work exactly as there ALWAYS will be a top 5%, even if everyone just uses about 1MB/mo. So what, this is a way to continually ratchet EVERYONE's data usage down??? The top 5% will first be at 10GB, then 5GB, then 2GB, then 1GB, then 500MB... always still there will be a top 5%...
Screw you AT&T!
I'm not a fan of Sprint but at least they offer unlimited data. Whether or not they'll continue to do that once they deploy LTE remains to be seen.
Why can't AT&T and Verizon do what T-Mobile does. Instead of capping, just slow down the users speed. I much prefer that system. I personally would not care if AT&T and Verizon slowed down the user to something reasonable like 1Mbps for the reminder of their billing cycle.
The current system AT&T and Verizon use just plain sucks. 2GB is ridiculously low nowadays. This is not 2007. 2GB is unrealistic especially if you use a tablet.
Why can't AT&T and Verizon do what T-Mobile does. Instead of capping, just slow down the users speed. I much prefer that system. I personally would not care if AT&T and Verizon slowed down the user to something reasonable like 1Mbps for th...
Great PR, though...
Seriously, some folks at AT&T need to join the swelling ranks of the unemployed. Verizon is currently doing something just as shady with the cable companies, but no one bats an eye. Why? They don't publicly dismiss their customers might be a start.
De La Vega should be the first at AT&T on the unemployment line.
Sure VZW is no angel either but they do not forget where the $$$$ comes from to a point.
What the "Top 5%" translates to...
Usage per month since the iPhone 3G has been between 3 and 6 GB. None of which I'd consider to be excessive.
What kill is streaming radio and video...which, I do neither. I have an iPhone, so no need to stream music...I'll watch movies on my TV thanks.
AT&T are so full of themselves
They are trying to force people to upgrade to the 3GB plans, just to get off the unlimited plans.
I don't know why people stay with them. iPhone aside.