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  • AT&T to Throttle iPhone Users?

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    Speaking at the CTIA conference in San Diego, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega bemowned the disproportionate bandwidth usage of a "few" of its smartphone customers - in a clear allusion to the prodigious data appetites of iPhone owners - and hinted at possibly imposing limits on certain users in the future.

    PC World reports that in a speech to the conference earlier this week, de la Vega noted that 3 percent of AT&T Mobility's smartphone customers suck up 40 percent of the bandwidth going to all smartphones, and that each uses 13 times the data of "the average smartphone customer."

    Stating that these high-bandwidth users make up less than 1 percent of AT&T’s total customer base, de la Vega said AT&T needed to "manage the network to make sure that the few cannot crowd out the many,” without elaborating on what that "management" might mean. PC World's Mark Sullivan counted five separate uses of the phase "crowded out" in the speech, and many observers draw the fairly obvious conclusion that AT&T is preparing some form of data restriction, or "throttling," of its high-demand customers.

    Wireless spectrum is a shared resource defined by its scarcity, so it's obviously necessary - especially given the poor planning showed by AT&T in building out their network for the millions of iPhones they happily sold - that some rationing will need to occur. However, AT&T will have to be careful that in doing so they don't further alienate customers that have made the company a great deal of money in recent years.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Throttle iPhone Users? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. Kiserai's Avatar
      Kiserai -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpkirkley View Post
      Personally though, im actually impressed with performance, consider how many million of us network slaying data whores are using iphones nowadays.
      "Network slaying data whores" is pretty much the best description of iPhone users ever.

      But I think the term "bit slut" is just as applicable.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      I smell a hack coming on! Possibly a 3G unrestrictor type program that makes the network think you are eating Wifi instead of 3G.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Think about what you just said.

      Think about it hard.

      Really hard.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Yeah, I lol'd as well.

      I think he's referring to tricking the network on AT&T's end into thinking it wasn't using any data. Of course, this is impossible, but at least he wasn't as insane as he might have appeared to be upon first glance.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Free the monkeys, shave their hair, and make hair sandwiches for starving children in Malaysia! Then we can all rape the horses, ride off on the women, and prune the hedges!

      --with freedom and justice for all.

    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      maybe if AT&T was actually a good carrier they wouldnt need to throttle
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      haha! we meet again....bandwidth talks!