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My head hurts, knucklehead keeps telling people how to live their lives and Eric doesn't believe an actual users experience with AT&T's "throttling". They are intentionally punishing people who have the gall to use their data plans, because they want to further monetize their data network.

Talk about people who aren't involved speaking anecdotes...
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My head hurts, knucklehead keeps telling people how to live their lives and Eric doesn't believe an actual users experience with AT&T's "throttling". They are intentionally punishing people who have the gall to use their data plans, because they want to further monetize their data network.

Talk about people who aren't involved speaking anecdotes...

lol these guys can state their opinions all they want doesn't mean i'm following it.

i just moved out for law school and tethering is my only means of having internet at home. why should i spend 50 bucks a month extra on comcast or dsl(really old bulding) when i can tether from my phone.
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My head hurts, knucklehead keeps telling people how to live their lives and Eric doesn't believe an actual users experience with AT&T's "throttling". They are intentionally punishing people who have the gall to use their data plans, because they want to further monetize their data network.

Talk about people who aren't involved speaking anecdotes...

For God's sake dude I'm just saying that I keep hearing how draconian their throttling is but nobody here has actually experienced it that I've seen. At any rate, it seems obvious to me, if you have a problem with AT&T's data policy then simply DO NOT USE THEIR SERVICE. What's the problem here? rolleyes.gif
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I have been throttled in the past by AT&T. I have the unlimited data plan. It was pretty rough, because this was back when you hit the cap and they just sent you back to EDGE from LTE. Now for some context:

I used to work in Emergency Management and spend a lot of time on the road. IT equipment can be hard to manage in "newer" departments of the government. My organization has only been around for 10 years (infant in government years). As a result, we never had enough bandwidth to get our jobs done to the satisfaction of our "parent" organization. They sat in their offices that they worked in every day with a bunch of fancy fiber connections fueling the building, and didn't understand why they couldn't Skype with us in the field. Meanwhile, we slept in the rain/mud/fire/desert and worked 16-20 hour shifts. Being the retarded government workers we all are, none of us got along (we're just lazy, they're just stupid, each side sticks to their story). We would hold out for a while, until some of our employees started getting threatened for their jobs (since it's easier to threaten normal people than leaders), then all of us managers would pull out our phones and personal hotspots to augment the government equipment to satisfy our bosses (who denied us satellite time to help alleviate this problem because it costs too much). Being the government, our bosses loved MASSIVE PPT FILES OF DOOM with huge pictures, maps with moving icons, movies, and sound files that must be approved by everyone and their Mother-in-Law with CC'd to third cousins prior to submitting twice a day for the regional boss to ignore the actual content of.

Throw one of these events in a month where I already spent 4-8 days driving around the state of California using Pandora, and I hit my cap.

Now, to AT&T's credit they appear to have learned a lesson from Verizon. When you hit the soft-cap, it sounds like you just get throttled at peak times to maintain bandwidth for everyone that didn't run their data plan for all it's worth during the first 2-3 weeks of the period. This is MUCH preferable to being relegated to the EDGE network, even at 4AM. I'm still a fan of someone enforcing better advertising language to clear this up, but until then it's "Buyer Beware" I guess.

Off-topic, but been brought up by others, is AT&T's call dropping. I have found it to be utterly dependent upon your handset. Android, your screwed. I used to not get any calls until 10PM when all my voicemails would show up on my phone of people wondering why I won't pick up. Iphone, did fairly well but will still drop calls occasionally. Windows phone, pretty good, just clarity issues on my 920. Only drops them on weak network connections. My Blackberry, has only dropped ONE CALL EVER in the 3 years I've had it. I remember vividly because the phone battery lasted over a week when not in use, could make calls in weird places on networks I'd never heard of (I think the "o" stands for original). The one time it dropped a call on me, I stared at the phone in disbelief. My coworkers thought my wife had been killed. I love that phone, and will never let it go as long as it works.
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For God's sake dude I'm just saying that I keep hearing how draconian their throttling is but nobody here has actually experienced it that I've seen. At any rate, it seems obvious to me, if you have a problem with AT&T's data policy then simply DO NOT USE THEIR SERVICE. What's the problem here? rolleyes.gif

That would be the logical conclusion, if the US didn't have such crazy government supported local monopolies in the carrier and ISP industries. As a consumer for cell service you basically have AT&T or Verizon plus a bunch of other vastly inferior networks for coverage when you move in areas between major metropolitan centers. I often go between major metropolitan areas in the tri-state area, going between new york and philadelphia often. This means the city based networks are no-go's because I'm either on edge or roaming when I leave the city. Second, Verizon is vastly inferior as a cellular provider because of its technology and the inherent restrictions of data while using the voice network. I use my cell phone often for business, and I need the ability to inspect client pages over VPN or on the internet, or have access to project timelines while i'm on the call with Verizon this is very often impossible, even with the new changes they have made to their VoLTE set up, because they don't have consistent coverage between cities.

So, no provider is able to offer network coverage along with better plans then my current unlimited data plan. For all of the reasons enumerated in this and many other threads and posts every fellow consumer should be behind consumers to fight these monopolies, not telling them how to live their lives and saying the businesses are OK to screw customers over. If this was valid network congestion issues, and people across the board were being throttled it would be one thing, but they are singling out undesirable customers and throttling them, just because they use their plan as their contract and agreement states.

I mean, what do you need from the people as proof of them facing these issues, posted pictures of their throttling text messages along with their statements???
Edited by Avonosac - 9/24/15 at 1:34pm
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Um, how about people just saying they've actually been throttled? There are like two people in this whole thread who have personally experienced throttling and even that can't really be proven (just have to take their words for it). If this was such an end-of-the-world issue, shouldn't people be clamoring all over the thread with first account stories of their massive throttling?
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The percentage of customers that experience throttling is very low. The carriers intentionally target a small group of users. Pick your argument based on your personal views to explain this (trying to avoid class action lawsuits or minimize network impact).
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Um, how about people just saying they've actually been throttled? There are like two people in this whole thread who have personally experienced throttling and even that can't really be proven (just have to take their words for it). If this was such an end-of-the-world issue, shouldn't people be clamoring all over the thread with first account stories of their massive throttling?

Its been happening for 7 years, how many people do you really expect to still be carrying the pitchfork? Its unethical, illegal but until the new net neutrality rules, nobody with the funds to take on the carriers gave a hoot. All of these changes have happened since the FCC finally got off its collective behinds and did their job (kinda..). I require cellular service for business, and as enumerated before AT&T is really the only solid option.
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