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BearsFan4Life88

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Those with the old $30 smartphone unlimited data plan. Anyway to unthrottle yourself back to regular LTE speeds, or HSPA+ speeds? 0.50mbps is killing me.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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Nope, they want to move you off the unlimited plan so once you reached a threshold they throttle you down.

you have a choice, enjoy unlimited data, but at cost of very slow performance or go to a quota system where you pay for your data
 

BearsFan4Life88

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Nope, they want to move you off the unlimited plan so once you reached a threshold they throttle you down.

you have a choice, enjoy unlimited data, but at cost of very slow performance or go to a quota system where you pay for your data

I would go to their 10GB mobile share plan; however, I want to keep my subsidy pricing. When the iPhone 6 comes out, I can fully upgrade with a 2-yr agreement. If I went with mobile share now, I'd get low pricing until I signed a new contract.
 

maflynn

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I think you can change plans without affecting your subsidized pricing. I did it with ATT before and I've changed my plan on VZW. Call to validate but that may be an option.
 

ricktat

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I would go to their 10GB mobile share plan; however, I want to keep my subsidy pricing. When the iPhone 6 comes out, I can fully upgrade with a 2-yr agreement. If I went with mobile share now, I'd get low pricing until I signed a new contract.

Correct:D

They still may want to make you pay $40 instead of $15 but might change their minds to get you off of the unlimited.
 

BearsFan4Life88

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Correct:D

They still may want to make you pay $40 instead of $15 but might change their minds to get you off of the unlimited.

Why would they want anybody off unlimited? If they throttled, then it can have no serious impact on their network?

How many people are left with unlimited anyway? If all of them used unlimited amounts, I am sure it would not impact the network.

I read last year there was a way to get un-throttled by using airplane mode.
 

CEmajr

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Dec 18, 2012
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Why would they want anybody off unlimited? If they throttled, then it can have no serious impact on their network?

How many people are left with unlimited anyway? If all of them used unlimited amounts, I am sure it would not impact the network.

I read last year there was a way to get un-throttled by using airplane mode.

They make more money off tiered data plans due to the overages. So I'd imagine that's why they want people on those.
 

TWO2SEVEN

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Jun 27, 2010
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Why would they want anybody off unlimited? If they throttled, then it can have no serious impact on their network?

How many people are left with unlimited anyway? If all of them used unlimited amounts, I am sure it would not impact the network.

I read last year there was a way to get un-throttled by using airplane mode.

Well, Airplane mode turns off your data so technically you aren't being throttled. :)
 

ugadawgs311

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Oct 1, 2012
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I recently switched from an old unlimited data plan to their 10GB shared plan and noticed no real difference in speed. Not sure if I've just had poor signal strength when I performed the speed test or if I'm still being throttled.
 

barkomatic

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Why would they want anybody off unlimited? If they throttled, then it can have no serious impact on their network?

How many people are left with unlimited anyway? If all of them used unlimited amounts, I am sure it would not impact the network.

I read last year there was a way to get un-throttled by using airplane mode.

There used to be a way to un-throttle yourself on AT&T with a process that included toggling airplane mode, LTE and calling yourself. However, that hole was patched fairly quickly.
 

scaredpoet

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Why would they want anybody off unlimited?

Because making people pay for their data usage means they get more money. Don't want to pay more money? You get throttled.

How many people are left with unlimited anyway? If all of them used unlimited amounts, I am sure it would not impact the network.

There is actually some research to back your claim. But again, this is more about money than about actual network capacity. AT&T and other carriers feel that large data users should pay more, and if they are unwilling to do so, then they believe that such users should have their service degraded beyond a certain usage point.

(This isn't a view that I agree with or advocate, but that is what their view is.)
 

radiologyman

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Throttling starts after 5gb and from what I gather may not happen first couple times you go over. I have yet to experience it and I use internet a lot but stream video and audio with moderation. My speeds are above 10-20 mbs depending on reception.
 
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