1. frankcastle123's Avatar
    i can only speak for my area but i can tell you that in south florida sprint is faster than at&t. i ve had an at&t smartphone since the motorola MPX 220 which was the first windows phone around 10 years ago and cingular/at&t are always finding new ways to squeze every penny out of their clients. I cant even remember the last time they came up with something for the benefit of their customers and once they got the exclusivity of the iphone they took advantage of that. Now that the other providers offer the iphone people are slowly but surely migrating away from at&t and with good reason.
    01-31-2012 10:44 PM
  2. Jeremy's Avatar
    i can only speak for my area but i can tell you that in south florida sprint is faster than at&t. i ve had an at&t smartphone since the motorola MPX 220 which was the first windows phone around 10 years ago and cingular/at&t are always finding new ways to squeze every penny out of their clients. I cant even remember the last time they came up with something for the benefit of their customers and once they got the exclusivity of the iphone they took advantage of that. Now that the other providers offer the iphone people are slowly but surely migrating away from at&t and with good reason.
    That must be pretty slow as Sprints top speeds in their best areas are minimal.
    02-01-2012 10:12 AM
  3. Jeremy's Avatar
    Well I just got the message for using 2 gigs! I am on the phone now raising hell. At 2 gigs I am the top 5% of users according to AT&T...

    ***It is so obvious they want all of us off the unlimited data plan in the worst way. Spoke to 3 people and they all tried to force me onto the 3 gig plan.
    Last edited by Jeremy Sikora; 02-01-2012 at 05:02 PM.
    02-01-2012 04:29 PM
  4. JhonnyC's Avatar
    I've been throttled every month for the past 3 months -.- no fun.
    02-01-2012 06:50 PM
  5. kbcherry's Avatar
    Got the message for the first time this month. I think I must have been around 2GB when I got it. Still over 3.5 at this point in my billing cycle.
    02-01-2012 09:53 PM
  6. corronchos's Avatar
    I'm regularly using 5 to 7GB per month and I have yet to receive the message and I've never been throttled that I've ever noticed. I'm in S Florida with the Unlimited plan and part of a Family Plan. I've also noticed around midnight on some nights there's some sort of data transfer going on sometimes in the hundreds of megs. All while I'm at home sleeping when my phone should be on wifi.

    On another note, my job provided me the Galaxy S 2 on Sprint and I wouldn't wish their horrible data speeds on my worst enemy. Coverage is horrible too with the phone roaming at random. Others I know with Sprint say this happens to them too.
    02-01-2012 10:20 PM
  7. Fraydog's Avatar
    AT&T is even throttling users on LTE. So much for trying to encourage users on a more spectrum efficient network at the same time AT&T is whining about spectrum.
    02-02-2012 12:02 AM
  8. frankcastle123's Avatar
    Well my wife who has a separate account just got her email of being on the top 5% with 2gb. Now how can she be in the top 5% with 2 gb when I got the email yesterday because I was at 5gb. I have a feeling that since AT&T has not provided what the top 5% avarege use of data numbers are, they are just scamming everyone but just sending emails at random times. This is bull S and it should be investigated by the FCC or whoever keeps an eye on these fucers
    Last edited by frankcastle123; 02-02-2012 at 12:14 AM. Reason: Forgot to add something
    02-02-2012 12:12 AM
  9. BrindawithanI's Avatar
    Well I just got the message for using 2 gigs! I am on the phone now raising hell. At 2 gigs I am the top 5% of users according to AT&T...

    ***It is so obvious they want all of us off the unlimited data plan in the worst way. Spoke to 3 people and they all tried to force me onto the 3 gig plan.
    Oh maaaan! Do they know who you are?! Seriously though, this sucks. What was the outcome of your conversation? To be continued?
    Last edited by BrindawithanI; 02-02-2012 at 12:38 AM.
    02-02-2012 12:36 AM
  10. Jeremy's Avatar
    Oh maaaan! Do they know who you are?! Seriously though, this sucks. What was the outcome of your conversation? To be continued?
    Went nowhere like I actually expected. I spoke to three people and they all tried speaking to me like I was someone who didn't know any better. They couldn't even answer any questions I posed to them but that's how I figured it would go.
    02-02-2012 09:41 AM
  11. ghostface147's Avatar
    I was always under the impression top 5% in usage was relative to your area. In other words, if the top 5% use 5 gigs or more a month, then you don't get the warning at 2. I think it should be 5 gigs a month for $30. Here is my usage the last 12 months:

    Last edited by ghostface147; 02-02-2012 at 11:56 AM.
    02-02-2012 11:46 AM
  12. Jeremy's Avatar
    I was always under the impression top 5% in usage was relative to your area. In other words, if the top 5% use 5 gigs or more a month, then you don't get the warning at 2. I think it should be 5 gigs a month for $30. Here is my usage the last 12 months:

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    In the email I received it said nothing about location and if that were the case all of these cases of 2 gigs and out would make zero sense. And I might buy that if I was not in one of the largest cities in the country. There is no way 2 gigs in Chicago is the top 5%.
    02-02-2012 01:37 PM
  13. ghostface147's Avatar
    In the email I received it said nothing about location and if that were the case all of these cases of 2 gigs and out would make zero sense. And I might buy that if I was not in one of the largest cities in the country. There is no way 2 gigs in Chicago is the top 5%.
    Until you poll local residents and verify their monthly usage, you don't know. Maybe a thread on here asking chicago people what their use is. Obviously not scientific.
    02-02-2012 03:14 PM
  14. BrindawithanI's Avatar
    What cracks me up (as someone pointed out in the comments section of your blog post about this) is that you can buy 3GB for $30 a month. Why then would those of us paying $30 a month, for "unlimited", get throttled at 2GB? Does that mean that the people on the 3GB/$30 plan have slower data speeds between 2GB and 3GB? I think not!
    I haven't gotten any messages yet, but it still p*sses me off as an AT&T customer. It's not right!
    Last edited by BrindawithanI; 02-02-2012 at 03:30 PM.
    02-02-2012 03:25 PM
  15. Jeremy's Avatar
    Until you poll local residents and verify their monthly usage, you don't know. Maybe a thread on here asking chicago people what their use is. Obviously not scientific.
    Then why was I not in this special group last month using 4 gigs? Or the month prior at 5.5 gigs? Again, it makes zero sense. But maybe I will start a thread for the hell of it.
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    02-02-2012 03:53 PM
  16. Jeremy's Avatar
    What cracks me up (as someone pointed out in the comments section of your blog post about this) is that you can buy 3GB for $30 a month. Why then would those of us paying $30 a month, for "unlimited", get throttled at 2GB? Does that mean that the people on the 3GB/$30 plan have slower data speeds between 2GB and 3GB? I think not!
    I haven't gotten any messages yet, but it still p*sses me off as an AT&T customer. It's not right!
    One of the points I made on the phone. Those on the 3 gig plan do not get throttled from 2-3 gigs.
    02-02-2012 03:54 PM
  17. Freiteez's Avatar
    I thankfully haven't gotten the message and since the 4S recently got jailbroken, ive been using mywi since my iPad is a wifi only. Very suprised I haven't been notified. Lets see how long unlimited really lasts. (I've had the iPhone since 09)
    02-03-2012 06:18 AM
  18. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    One of the points I made on the phone. Those on the 3 gig plan do not get throttled from 2-3 gigs.
    On my 2GB $25 data plan, I'm not so sure I'm not being throttled to tell you the truth. Without warning or
    any consent on my part.
    02-03-2012 06:49 PM
  19. Jeremy's Avatar
    On my 2GB $25 data plan, I'm not so sure I'm not being throttled to tell you the truth. Without warning or
    any consent on my part.
    Correct, the only ones who get throttled at 2GB are those on a unlimited plan.
    02-04-2012 09:48 AM
  20. Joe McG's Avatar
    someone needs to create a class action law suit against At&t regarding this issue.
    Class action law suits are a money grab for law firms. Are you really excited about a $5 refund 6 years from now? That's likely all anyone would ever see, except the attorneys of course, which would get a hefty percentage of the total.

    Class action lawsuits are a waste.
    02-04-2012 11:17 AM
  21. Joe McG's Avatar
    Let me play devils advocate here...

    What if the top 5% of users are actually and truthfully killing data speeds for everyone else? What would you think then?

    I can assure you that AT&T does and should care more about the other 95% of users than the top 5% of data users. I wouldn't be so sure that they want to force the top 5% of data users into the 3GB plan. They may just be happy booting you off the 3G data network to ease congestion and make it faster for everyone else.

    P.S. 5 - 6 Gb of data per month for a flat rate is pretty excessive. Perhaps the calculation for "top 5%" is cumulative rather than monthly, no matter what the phone rep tells you...
    02-04-2012 11:32 AM
  22. Jeremy's Avatar
    Let me play devils advocate here...

    What if the top 5% of users are actually and truthfully killing data speeds for everyone else? What would you think then?

    I can assure you that AT&T does and should care more about the other 95% of users than the top 5% of data users. I wouldn't be so sure that they want to force the top 5% of data users into the 3GB plan. They may just be happy booting you off the 3G data network to ease congestion and make it faster for everyone else.

    P.S. 5 - 6 Gb of data per month for a flat rate is pretty excessive. Perhaps the calculation for "top 5%" is cumulative rather than monthly, no matter what the phone rep tells you...
    BS - build your network up then. Not what I signed up for 5 years ago.
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    02-04-2012 01:18 PM
  23. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Correct, the only ones who get throttled at 2GB are those on a unlimited plan.
    Yes. But what I mean is that I feel as though my speeds are being throttled anyway. At about 1.5 gigs or so. I run my speed test every so often in different areas and feel as though. Probably paranoia on my part. But my billing cycle begins in another 5 days. I'll run speed tests again in different areas and see what results I get.
    02-05-2012 12:01 PM
  24. Jeremy's Avatar
    Yes. But what I mean is that I feel as though my speeds are being throttled anyway. At about 1.5 gigs or so. I run my speed test every so often in different areas and feel as though. Probably paranoia on my part. But my billing cycle begins in another 5 days. I'll run speed tests again in different areas and see what results I get.
    If you were, your phone would feel unusable while using anything requiring data. They make it crawl... I went from 6-8 down to around 14k.
    02-05-2012 12:16 PM
  25. Garz's Avatar
    I was at genius bar last night getting iPad swapped out. Guy next to me was there because he got throttled with AT&T and he was thinking Apple could reverse that. Genius tech said all cases he heard are AT&T is throttling everybody at 2GB's so they will switch to 3 just as we're saying. We are now paying $30 for 2GB's.
    02-05-2012 01:13 PM
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