More info on throttling from AT&T.
AP/MSNBC story on AT&T throttling this morning. It's not just how much data you are using but the location as well according to them. So users in NYC may in theory get throttled at much lower usage than someone in St. Louis because of the greater network usage overall.
AT&T customers surprised by 'unlimited data' limit - Technology & science - Tech and gadgets - msnbc.com
- 02-13-2012, 09:48 AM #2
- 02-13-2012, 11:27 AM #3
It was just a coincidence that At&t offerered new data plans right before these throttling messages came. You can't get anybody to switch to 2GB tiered plan but its easier to get people to switch a 3GB. Its all BS. At&t has taken away true unlimited data.
I hadn't seen them say anything about throttling different areas at different levels based on usage.
I said that the days of unlimited would end awhile back, maybe 2 years ago. In the next year or 2 I would not be surprised if they simply do not let people keep their "unlimited" plans when they upgrade. Everyone will be required to have a tiered plan soon.
Didn't the "unlimited" plan technically have a 5GB cap that was just never enforced?
- 02-13-2012, 01:39 PM #5
- 02-13-2012, 04:48 PM #6
- 02-14-2012, 07:29 AM #7
My wife and I are still on the unlimited plan and both use WiFi 90% of the time. Since I got my iPad, I'm rarely using my iPhone for checking emails when at home or doing anything else that I mainly did on my 4GS. Even at the office I'm on WiFi on both devices but don't really do much web surfing or anything data intensive on either of them right now. My 4GS is jailbroken so I could tether in case I really needed to.
- 02-14-2012, 12:58 PM #9
- 02-14-2012, 01:15 PM #10
- 02-17-2012, 02:08 PM #11
I kind of agree that eventually the unlimited plans will be dropped completely. New contracts will require a tiered data plan (and since buying a subsidized phone requires a new contract, it's easier to forcibly move users). I don't think AT&T said they would grandfather things forever, did they? I thought it was always said for now or for a while or some other vague timeframe. I hope that they don't take the heavy handed approach of moving people to a tiered plan as soon as the contract is up, and I haven't read the contract in that detail yet, but I wonder if that is even an option for them. No contract, no limits on how they can stick it to you? I don't know. I've kind of lost any remaining, fleeting thoughts that they would behave in an ethical, consumer friendly manner.
- 02-17-2012, 02:46 PM #12