- iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
They throttle us; we throttle them
I have been throttled. My data speed tops out at 0.1 Mpbs. It typically is 2+ Mpbs. I got the warning text message, and then the throttling text message. I called AT&T and asked why my speed had been reduced. I barely said a word and the lady went on a 10min rant about how i was a data hog and I needed to be more considerate. I was throttled with 15 days left in my billing cycle.
They said I am the top 5%. I had just rolled over 2Gb when it happened.
I say; lets make the top 5% much higher than that! Since I was throttled I have turned off wifi and continuously downloaded a very large app. My monthly data is now at 10.2 Gb.
I hope to reach at least 20+ Gb by March 7th.
- 02-24-2012, 02:07 PM #2
- 02-24-2012, 02:09 PM #3
- iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
- 02-25-2012, 12:00 AM #5
- 02-26-2012, 09:21 AM #6
The thing that scares me about this whole throttling business is that they can change the rules anytime they like. Say they are successful at getting everyone off the unlimited data plans and onto a 3 gb plan. Whats to stop them from saying 6 months or a year from now that 3 gb is too taxing on their network and starting to throttle 3 gb plan users at 2 or 1gb? I think if they want me to switch from unlimited to 3 gb they should write into the contract that I will not be throttled unless I exceed my 3 gb. It would also help if the 3 gb were cheaper than the current unlimited plan. That would provide more of an incentive for people to switch.
- 02-26-2012, 09:56 AM #7
- 02-27-2012, 08:50 PM #8
Earlier this month I got the infamous text message indicating I was in the top 5%. I was 10 days into my cycle and used 2.5GB. Got an e-mail titled "high data usage" so I called AT&T. I was also lectured how I used the most amongst smartphone users. I said, "why does AT&T offer a 3GB plan then?" He replied, "the top 5% only counts for unlimited users in your area." I find that ridiculous!!! The text said that my speeds would not be reduced THIS billing cycle as the top 5% changes. I've now used 4.5GB at normal speeds, but what happens next month if I exceed 2GB?
They'd be better off just getting rid of all the unlimited plans instead of doing this. I have always said that if they are going to throttle it should be at a certain point, like T-Mobile. Throttle all unlimited users at 10GB or maybe even 5GB. Hopefully with all these lawsuits going on something good comes out of it.
- 02-27-2012, 11:41 PM #9
- 02-28-2012, 06:00 PM #10iMore Intermediate
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didnt ATT just lose a lawsuit in regards to throttling? I think they had to pay the user $850. $85 for each of the 10 months remaining on his contract.
DailyTech - California Man Prevails in AT&T 3G Data Throttling Lawsuit
who is going to be the one to start the class action lawsuit? If they have to pay all of us $850, they might think twice about it
- 02-28-2012, 06:11 PM #11
- 02-28-2012, 08:22 PM #12
- 02-29-2012, 02:51 PM #13
Hopefully more people will sue and something good will come out of it. Such as AT&T completely doing away with the throttling as it was just pointed out that doing this doesn't help their network. I would be ok if they did it at 10GB. Make that the standard and throttle accordingly. Those on 4G LTE devices should be throttled to 1MB and those on 3G around 512kbps. At least that would make your phone usable.
I also don'r like how they insist I use WiFi everywhere I go. I pay $30 for an internet plan and should be able to fully use it. 2GB is not abusing the network. Now if us fellow unlimited users were using 200GB within the first couple days of our billing cycle, then yes, we're abusing it.