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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      For a fee of I think $80 dollars there is a guy named Manny, that i believe must work for at&t, hooking people up with unlimited data plans as many lines as you want. Or you may try the iPhone 2g hack mentioned in the same article. If it works with a iPhone 4 sim it should work with an iPad sim.

      How to Get Back on AT&T
      I've been doing the same for $40 a line with discounts for multiple lines for a while now ;-)
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I believe the throttling the speed of your data is a 'limit.' Hence the false name 'unlimited' data. That's everyone's beef.
      But it is "unlimited data" not "unlimited everything related to" data, so unlimited only applies to data. they limit the speed the data gets to you but not what you download or amount of data, so technically they are still right to say unlimited data. I personally do not care because when I need to download fast I would not use 3G, hell I barely use 3G only when I am out and need to use GPS.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I know there are hidden flukes, I still think it's wrong to label it unlimited without getting the full deal.

      Companies.. will be companies.
      TMob does the same thing. 5GB full speeds than u get trhottled down to 60k haha sad but they wont let abuse the network.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1shuttle1 View Post
      How can Apple sue for something that looks like their product and yet AT$T can get away with using the word unlimited and not get sued for not meaning it. And don't give me unlimited doesn't mean they can't throttle it back. If that's what they mean then put it in their next commercial. Join AT$T where we say one thing and mean something totally different. They don't offer unlimited anymore so they should reward people like me who have not jumped ship. Especially since I drop more call then I ever did on Verizon. I bet that the abusers averaged in with the people who use less then their plan average out to be less then if everyone used exactly what they payed for. I'm sure when 4G is out they will say stay on 3G or switch to a limited 4G plan anyway for the remaining unlimited users. So I guess what I am trying to say is AT$T shut the #@%* up already.
      Why does EVERYONE here gets confused with "unlimited data"? Did they not allow you to get certain data you wanted (legal stuff ofcourse)? Did they suddenly say you do not get to download data from modmyi.com? They are still allowing you download stuff just throttle back to edge so is it their fault that you do not have the patience to wait using the edge speed?

      BTW just save you money consulting with a lawyer trying to file lawsuit against AT&T for "unlimited data". Also I suspect people who download so much using their phone, I think they do not have wifi at home and work, maybe go as far to speculate this is their only way to get internet?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      What about us on the iPad unlimited data plan? I know I use over 2GB a month. I know I wouldn't pay for it if I only got 2GB that's for sure.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      What about us on the iPad unlimited data plan? I know I use over 2GB a month. I know I wouldn't pay for it if I only got 2GB that's for sure.
      Your data is not limited, the speed you get your data drops down to edge speed after 2GB. Download all you want, but after you pass 2GB the speed you download your data will drop down significantly.
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      It's not really being a "speed" demon more than it is a data hog. It's the amount of data that's used that comes into question... not the actual speed of the phone. Putting a data cap on an unlimited plan really is dumb. I think they should offer a 5GB plan for $25 anyways. I use around 5gb every cycle and I simply just watch YouTube vids on break at work. I don't sit there and leech files. So their opinion of what is considered "hogging" is very ambiguous considering that 5 gb ain't that much and that they are more worried about speed rather than amount of data.. yet its the amount of data that gets you punished.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Your data is not limited, the speed you get your data drops down to edge speed after 2GB. Download all you want, but after you pass 2GB the speed you download your data will drop down significantly.
      That's not true or at least I've never seen any data speeds dropped. I've used it a lot for netflix and slingbox and went over 2GB and still had 3G speeds.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Unlimited. Adjective/ˌənˈlimitid/
      1. Not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.


      Not limited in terms of number, quantity, or extent. Seems to me that AT&T has their own selective definition of "unlimited". At it's core the word means without limits, so imposing ANY sort of limit upon something labeled as unlimited is misleading at best.
    1. Kory569's Avatar
      Kory569 -
      I have used 29 GB with 22 days left in my billing cycle. I still haven't got a warning message.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Unlimited. Adjective/ˌənˈlimitid/
      1. Not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent.


      Not limited in terms of number, quantity, or extent. Seems to me that AT&T has their own selective definition of "unlimited". At it's core the word means without limits, so imposing ANY sort of limit upon something labeled as unlimited is misleading at best.
      unlimited data specify what is unlimited the data, they tell you in the words they used itself!
      Did they limit where you can go with your data? no.
      Did they limit what you can download with your data? no
      They specified what is unlimited, they did not mention unlimited speed. Why don't you complain that you bought unlimited data why am I paying for my voice, why am I paying for my lunch? Because by your definition unlimited should not be restricted to data/cellular/food/life etc
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kory569 View Post
      I have used 29 GB with 22 days left in my billing cycle.
      You get your gb's at $1 a piece. AT&T values it's gb's at $10 a piece. See the problem?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      That's not true or at least I've never seen any data speeds dropped. I've used it a lot for netflix and slingbox and went over 2GB and still had 3G speeds.
      They do not enforce this all the time. My guess is if you live out in middle of nowhere and not much people use the towers they may not limit you at all. But if you live near city center where everyone is on their phone using data, they will enforce this throttle back on speed. It is just a guess.
    1. Kory569's Avatar
      Kory569 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pepsolman View Post
      You get your gb's at $1 a piece. AT&T values it's gb's at $10 a piece. See the problem?
      A couple of months ago I used 56 GB. I used to be stuck with dial-up until a couple months. But we are moving to a different city close by and are going to choose a cable company NOT AT&T. So we don't want to waste $100 plus installation time/cost for a couple months of service.
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      I watch Netflix from my phone since I can't get it at home because of the country life. They better not do it to me!
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I've been doing the same for $40 a line with discounts for multiple lines for a while now ;-)
      I need to start charging more. I charge $30 for Unlimited Data / and 25% Discount...
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kory569 View Post
      A couple of months ago I used 56 GB. I used to be stuck with dial-up until a couple months. But we are moving to a different city close by and are going to choose a cable company NOT AT&T. So we don't want to waste $100 plus installation time/cost for a couple months of service.
      My iphone is my only internet connection as I can not get dsl or cable internet where I live. I wish I could move. Still, I only use a little above 5 gb.

      I was tethering at one time until Att cracked down on that bizz nizz.
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Soon as AT&T send me this BS I'm gone! As for the rest you, y'all are straight cowards. You do nothing!

      You give them-AT&T an inch-Tiered Data... and they'll take a mile-Throttled Data!

      2GB is pathetic in an exponentially increasing technological driven world! That's like like saying you can only fill up your gas tank once a month.

      Vote with your wallet!
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      unlimited data specify what is unlimited the data, they tell you in the words they used itself!
      Did they limit where you can go with your data? no.
      Did they limit what you can download with your data? no
      They specified what is unlimited, they did not mention unlimited speed. Why don't you complain that you bought unlimited data why am I paying for my voice, why am I paying for my lunch? Because by your definition unlimited should not be restricted to data/cellular/food/life etc
      You're missing the point: Unlimited means without restriction, whether it pertain to data, voice or text. Advertising something as unlimited and then adding ANY limit is misleading at best. Doesn't matter if it refers to speed of data or amount of data, number of calls or length of calls, number of texts or length of texts; adding any sort of limit to something labeled as unlimited is fundamentally misleading. I'm not disputing what AT&T does or doesn't have somewhere in the contract, I'm simply saying that it's a deceptive business practice to advertise something with limits as unlimited.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      You're missing the point: Unlimited means without restriction, whether it pertain to data, voice or text. Advertising something as unlimited and then adding ANY limit is misleading at best. Doesn't matter if it refers to speed of data or amount of data, number of calls or length of calls, number of texts or length of texts; adding any sort of limit to something labeled as unlimited is fundamentally misleading. I'm not disputing what AT&T does or doesn't have somewhere in the contract, I'm simply saying that it's a deceptive business practice to advertise something with limits as unlimited.
      Under this definition one should have the right to complain that at peak times a congested network is also "limited" because you are not getting the maximum download speeds you are used to.

      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.

      If the definition of limited is so cut and dry in every situation imaginable (especially this one), SUE THEM! You are certain to win. What are you waiting for? You can respond to every comment on here stating we don't understand how "unlimited" is being misused here, but until YOU actually do something about it, well, nothing is being done.