ATT Unlimited with LTE 3 vs 5gb - How do they know?

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  1. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    From what I have read, if you are on LTE, the cap before throttle has moved from 3 tp 5gb if you still have the unlimited plan.

    Since LTE is not everywhere, what happens if you are in and out of LTE coverage? Or is the 5gb tied to billing address?
     
  2. OneMike macrumors 603

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    The 5GB is based on your plan, not location.

    When you switch to the iPhone 5 or an other LTE capable device, your plan plan is updated to reflect that.
     
  3. nostresshere thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So, everybody that had ATT Unlimited and a LTE phone now get 5gb (throttle) plan? Cool. Sweet.
     
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    You better watch out
    You better not roam
    You better not tether
    I'm telling you to keep an eye on the weather
    LGE is coming to town

    AT&T's making a list,
    It's checking it twice;
    Gonna find out who's 3 or 4G no matter the price.
    LGE is coming to town

    It sees you when you're roaming
    It knows when your phone's awake
    It knows if you've been bad to it
    So be good for goodness sake

    Or, more simply, they know exactly how you're using your plan and what the limits are, this is no different that tiered vs. unlimited on 3G.
     
  5. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    What's LGE? :p
     
  6. powaking macrumors 6502

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    When on an unlimited plan and you are throttled on LTE is the speed comparable to 4G or is it as bad as if you were throttled on 3G?
     
  7. armandxp macrumors 6502

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    That's what I can't wait to find out. AT&T still throttles my usage when I'm on a phone call and trying to use the internet. Only get about .5Mb/s, as soon as I hang up, its back up to normal speeds. It drives me crazy!!! I can' believe more people don't use this, and complain about it.

    It could also be by area, too I guess, but everyone I know in Orlando, FL has the same problem.
     
  8. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Honestly, you can blame the iphone/Apple on that. It's the same reason Verizon iPhone users still can't talk on the phone and get data at the same time even on LTE. Cause phones these days with the tech that is out require two LTE chips (or antennas?) to do that and for battery consumption purposes Apple used an integrated chip that only gives you one. With AT&T, since you can get phone and data with 3G it just drops you to that while you talk on the phone. It's basically a work around to the hardware on the iphone.

    Ok, so my technical explanation may be off, but I know it has to do with Apple's implementation of the LTE chip and that at least for Verizon if Verizon starts supporting some other LTE technology (sorry, I know there was some mention of some other way that is not supported yet that would allow the iPhone to do both on Verizon) the iphone will be able to get data and phone at the same time (not sure if this is also true for AT&T that you can be on the phone and get LTE). But the iPhone does not support the current LTE that either company is using getting data and voice on LTE at the same time.
     
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Data so fast that I can't correct my errors....
     
  10. armandxp, Sep 26, 2012
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    armandxp macrumors 6502

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    I understand what you're trying to say, but it's not correct. I had the 4 and the 4S, which are both 3G phones. I could always talk and go on the internet, with no speed loss problems. Sometime around November last year I noticed the throttling happening. I called AT&T this year, and they did say they throttle now while on the phone, to cut back bandwidth usage. There are many articles on this from last year, before the 5 came out. It used to work, but AT&T is so scared their network might go down, they choose to do this, and nobody every says anything about it. (Except for a few people on the internet rambling about it.)

    This has nothing to do with the LTE chip in the 5. I can use voice and data at the same time, unlike Verizon, it's just AT&T has been throttling the data for the last year or so. Oh, well..... :p)

    http://thesmartphonechamp.com/att-secretly-throttling-their-smartphone-customers-video/
     
  11. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    Ah, ok, I thought you were talking about having no LTE and going down to 3G when talking.

    I've never noticed myself honestly. But it has to be seriously slowed down for me to notice. I was pretty happy with 3G, the iphone having LTE was just a bonus. But I have to say, yes, I do notice the difference between 3G and LTE (though to be fair, my iphone 5 is also faster loading stuff on wi-fi than my 4 was on wi-fi so I know it's not just the LTE there that causes it to be faster. I never really noticed a huge difference between wi-fi and 3G on the 4 to tell the truth. But the 5 on wi-fi or LTE is way faster than my 4).
     
  12. nostresshere thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Not sure what you meant by this.

    If I am using my plan, I KNOW I will be in and out of LTE coverage. No secret there. Just need to confirm what ATT will do about it.
     
  13. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Nothing. The fact that you're on the LTE plan means you have 5 GB cap no matter what signal you use.
     
  14. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    Let's remember everyone, AT&T does this to "provide a better experience for their customers" :rolleyes:

    Fake capitalism at its best
     
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    I am sure this is where someone will claim that there are no limits....except the 5gb cap...and the sudden cut in any significant speed....so it is still UNLIMITED! Just with actual limits.....right
     
  17. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    haha i know right its all the unlimited limited speeds you want :p

    so glad i have verizon and can download 100 gb if i want and not get throttled.
     
  18. nostresshere thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sorry... did not mean for this to get into another "definition of what unlimited means"

    I think that has been beat up pretty good here.
     
  19. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    Just about everything iPhone, iPad, or Apple related has been beaten to death here
     

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