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[ENGADGET] AT&T announces throttling changes

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http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/01/atandt-announces-throttling-changes-now-kicks-in-at-3gb-or-5gb-fo/
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Anyone hoping for a truly unlimited "unlimited" data plan is still out of luck, but AT&T has announced some changes (or a clarification, as it puts it) to its throttling procedures today that will at least give you a bit more room to work with. For customers on an unlimited plan with a 3G or "4G" phone (i.e. HSPA+), you'll now be able to enjoy full data speeds up to 3GB, after which you'll then see your speeds decrease until the start of the next billing cycle. If you have a 4G LTE phone, however, you'll have a full 5GB to play with before the throttling kicks in. That's as opposed to the roughly 2GB of full data speeds that was available in both cases before -- and, as with the throttling that was imposed originally, these changes only apply to those still on an unlimited data plan, not those on AT&T's tiered data plans.

I guess there are a lot of "top 5% usage" users on here now...
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We are at the mercy of our masters.
 
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Throttling Procedure Changes*

Pfft, AT&T Still blows...
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And we need someone who is unlimited and has a good network frown.gif
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post #5 of 18
How about no "throttling" at all! At&t has plenty of technology and money to practice things like this. Its 2012 and we are too far advanced in technology to do things like this. #justmyopinion
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post #6 of 18
I still think it's crap that they can use their un-written rules to strong-arm people off of "unlimited" data plans, but at least they're using a solid number for where you will experience throttling, as opposed to an arbitrary value determined as a percentile of users in your area.

Regardless, high-usage subscribers do not change the access or experience of everyone else. This is just another way to make money.

On the other hand, I don't understand why any company honors "grandfather" plans at all, especially if they don't intend to honor the spirit of these plans in the first place. Why not impose rolling 1 year contracts on everyone (or 2 year contracts if you want a hardware upgrade)?
    
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So I need to get a 4G LTE phone so I can use more data (yet ATT has no Windows Phones that are LTE yet)?

I am still not happy, especially if they throttle to dialup speeds (edge is not great, but at least is usable). I use between 2.5 and 3.5 gigs a month, so I may get throttled sometimes.
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All I ever asked for... 2GB was silly when the cheaper plan is 3GB..

Does iPhone 4s considered 4G
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post #9 of 18
Bastards...
Same as their 3GB 30 dollar plan.
post #10 of 18
this is just bs, "unlimited" plans with limits? really?
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