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  • AT&T Issues Warning to Data Speed Demons


    We've known it was coming. We've been warned about its arrival. And now we're on the eve of AT&T's throttling bloodbath.

    Okay, so maybe I'm being a little dramatic. But it's unlikely that anyone in the top 5% of heaviest data users on AT&T's network would disagree with such an assessment, as tomorrow could be the start of a painful experience. Beginning October 1st, the carrier is going to begin throttling data speeds for customers on unlimited data plans who remain voracious data hogs.

    Warning texts have once again been fired off by AT&T as a last-minute reminder to users that they can still help avoid throttling of their data speeds by relying more heavily on Wi-Fi. AT&T said it would issue warnings and provide for a brief grace period before any serious action is taken, so if you've received the "text of data death" last night or this morning, consider yourself warned.

    Subscribers who find themselves throttled will still be able to keep their unlimited data plans but they will be subjected to speed reductions until the next billing cycle commences.

    Given that overall data usage has spiked to levels roughly 8,000 times higher than they were when the iPhone was first introduced on AT&T's network in 2007, some industry watchers believe AT&T's decision to crack the whip is both logical and fair to the other 95% of users.

    Source: Minyanville
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Issues Warning to Data Speed Demons started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Doing some searching, Verizon seems to have the same plans. They define the top 5% as follows: "As of August 2011, the top 5% of data users were using 2 GB or more of data each month." They also go on to say that you will only be effected if you fall into this top 5% and if you are connected to a congested cell site. I have not found a definition for "congested", however. If AT&T is doing something similar, I am not sure it will be worth spending the extra $5 for the unlimited plan, depending on exactly how severely they plan to throttle said data.
    1. Kory569's Avatar
      Kory569 -
      They need to announce what your maximum speed is while your being throttled. I pay for unlimited 3G NOT unlimited 2G!!! I will port my number out the second I get the text. Are business unlimited data plans affected? I would mind paying $15 more for full speed if they drop me to edge speeds.
    1. PReCioSa's Avatar
      PReCioSa -
      lol I have unlimited everything with my iPhone 4 my **** is god fathered.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Has anyone yet experienced being throttled? I'm at nearly 7GB at 21 days into my billing period, and I'm not yet throttled, nor warned.
    1. Kory569's Avatar
      Kory569 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper oSam View Post
      Has anyone yet experienced being throttled? I'm at nearly 7GB at 21 days into my billing period, and I'm not yet throttled, nor warned.
      I used 60GB and AT&T didn't throttle me or warn me.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Throttled! Speed at around 90kb down/1mb up.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I have been doing ~3GB on my unlimited plan and have yet to receive an e-mail. Some of the people I activate unlimited data for have told me they got the throttling message around 10-14GB. The way I see it, if you use at least 3GB a month you are getting your money's worth compared to new plan pricing.

      Quote Originally Posted by Trooper Sam View Post
      Throttled! Speed at around 90kb down/1mb up.
      Did you get the text prior? FWIW that's not worse than standard speeds I was getting on Sprint when I had their service for a year.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Man, I feel like the boy who cried wolf. That day that I posted, I'm fairly certain I was not throttled. I rebooted my iPhone and speeds returned to normal. Today, however...I received the "is among the top 5% of users" text, saying that speeds "may be reduced" til the new billing period. They are. Right in the same neighborhood that I said on the 26th, averaging 90kbs down.

      I've tested, and I can still Netflix. I can live with that.
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      And right on time, AT&T flipped the switch back yesterday...I'm up to full speed again.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      The funny thing about everyone complaining is AT&T freely allows you to drop all the bells and whistles of your contract and go down to a simple $30/mo plan with a dumb phone. You are not signing a contract for data, you are signing a contract for service. You can drop data any day of the week.
      I was told by ATT ppl that you can not do that. Well you can but you will have to prove that you are going to the dumb phone which would mean paying a visit to your local att dealer and deactivating you micro sim for iphone 4 or regular sim for earlier iphones than activating a new sim with the dumb phone. However, if they detect that you're using the new sim with iPhone or any other smart phone for that matter they can and will retro charge data package they see fit and add it to your account.


      I was against ATT move on this way back when they started yanking unlimited plans for tethering. Matter of fact I posted here somewhere first when I got one of those warnings and let me tell you I was pissed off big time. Now I get it tho, they are running a business and honestly those guys that pull anything over 10-15 GB per month are flat out arss-holes that are ruining it for the rest of us because they believe the world owes them. Stop being cheap and pay for the service you use. But its pointless to ask them since they probably have all other free loader stuff installed on their devices ... you know like installious, or some repos that host hacked apps.

      The only thing I will say against ATT is that their pricing is retarded. 200mb 15$, that's crazy! I believe everyone will pay up $30 for 10 GB than 20 $ for every GB after and remove all unlimited data plans. Tethering is and should be separate fee, think about it... while idivice is tethering it can provide interned data to any other idevice, any!
    1. stefan.buddle's Avatar
      stefan.buddle -
      I love my Unlimited* data




      Not actually unlimited

      cracks me up