AT&T Begins Warning High-Volume Data Users of Upcoming Throttling

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    In late July, AT&T announced that as of October 1st it would begin throttling data speeds for customers on unlimited data plans who registered in the top 5% of heaviest data users. While AT&T no longer offers unlimited data plans, customers who had signed up for such plans prior to their discontinuation, including many iPhone users, have been grandfathered in and allowed to keep their unlimited plans.

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    Reddit user "TheReverendZ" yesterday reported (via 9to5Mac) that he had received a text message from AT&T warning him that he had fallen into that top 5% group and encouraging him to use Wi-Fi to help avoid throttling of his data speeds. TheReverendZ notes that he typically uses 10-12 GB of data per month, as he does not have home Internet service, while "skelatwork" reports that he received a similar notice when he had passed approximately 11 GB of data for the month.

    AT&T has noted that it will provide multiple warnings and a grace period before beginning to throttle data speeds, and it now appears that the carrier has begun the warning process. Customers subject to throttling will retain access to unlimited data but will see their speeds reduced until the start of the next billing cycle.

    Article Link: AT&T Begins Warning High-Volume Data Users of Upcoming Throttling
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Seems reasonable to me, as much as I dislike AT&T. Every other ISP has fair use policies to prevent the select few from affecting everyone else.
     
  3. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Sounds like I'm safe with 2-3 GB. I love my amazon cloud music streaming.
     
  4. soco macrumors 68030

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    And now I begin to live in fear of Verizon with my average 9GB of usage per month.

    Help me LTE. You're my only hope.
     
  5. RebelScum macrumors 6502

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    Really.

    I was under the (mistaken) impression that when one pays for unlimited access, they get unlimited access.
     
  6. iheartiphone4 macrumors member

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    I'm grandfathered in with ATT but their service is terrible. I wish I could switch to sprint.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Throttled access ≠ No access. And as always if you're dissatisfied, switch to Sprint. Voting with your wallet always works.
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Just do it. Those people are impacting network quality.

    Agree. You should see how some of these people boasted in the forum.
     
  9. ppdix macrumors 6502a

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    The reverend needs a life...

    12GB per month? Streaming porn for sure...
    Get off the internet, Reverend and try a social life... :rolleyes:
     
  10. iheartiphone4 macrumors member

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    They are still getting unlimited access but just at incredibly slow speeds. It would be better to not have it then to wait an hour for a website to load.
     
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    Interesting, being in the top 5% is relative. If the top 5% reduce their internet consumption then the data limit for being in the top 5% reduces. So the more you reduce your consumption the lower the overall limit decreases.

    So if everyone is downloading only 1kb per month, and someone downloads 2kb then they would be in the top 5%.

    I wonder if they have a 'lower' limit?
     
  12. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Forget it. If they advertise it as unlimited then that's what it should be. If they throttle it then it is no longer unlimited.
    All ISPs should be prevented from using the term unlimited unless they specify up front clearly what they mean by it.

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  13. sidragon macrumors newbie

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    It is not at all reasonable.

    No. If your contract stipulates unlimited access, then you are entitled to it. Arbitrarily throttling your usage violates that.

    Modern networks are not dump trucks—they do not become full and then stop taking more load. You get apportioned bandwidth based on availability. Period.

    If he fully utilizes the network during low activity, why throttle him?
     
  14. crazy4apple macrumors regular

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    Lol i think your right :D:D:D:D

    12GB this guy forgets about fair useage policy
     
  15. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    How is it possible to use 11-12GB/mo on a phone without stealing tethering service? I'm going to have to go with "reasonable" on this policy from AT&T.
     
  16. RebelScum macrumors 6502

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    Throttled access ≠ what customers are paying for.
     
  17. Norkusa macrumors member

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    This is one of the many reasons why I'm not even considering AT&T when I get my first iPhone next month.
     
  18. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    If they throttle speeds down to, say, 10kbps, then I would say that is tantamount to cutting off access.

    If they didn't want people using unlimited data, they should not have advertised it.
     
  19. ade2bee macrumors regular

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    Unlimited means unlimited...
     
  20. crazy4apple macrumors regular

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    look at the small print on the contract every contract in the uk says subject to fair useage policy
     
  21. gigapocket1 macrumors 65816

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    12 gigs?? holy crap! How do u use that much? i understand u dont have home internet.. but 12 gigs on a mobile phone?? whaat are you doin lol?
     
  22. litmag01 macrumors regular

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    What the...

    I'm torrenting every file ever shared on the internet right now,
    all thanks to 3g.
     
  23. danielchow macrumors member

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    oh well, if they do that, i'll certainly have my eyes on Sprint's offering.

    i think between 5 and 10 gigs is more reasonable than 2 to 3 gigs per month for the same monthly rate.
     
  24. Ammo macrumors regular

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    10 GB of data? Good lord.

    Throttling sounds reasonable in this case.

    Most people who have unlimited don't really need it anyway. It's one of those psychological things.
     
  25. rayyu882 macrumors member

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    You pay for unlimited access, but the speed of the connection isn't in the contract as far as I know.

    Again, like a few have already mentioned, throttle speed is still unlimited data. You still getting unlimited data, just slower in speed.
     

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