Top five percent of AT&T smartphone usage and Bandwidth throttling

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  1. boredandlonely macrumors member

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    I SWEAR something is fishy with this "top 5%" of users hooey.
    I have an iPhone 4, grandfathered Unlimited data, and I tether with MyWi.

    In September, I got that AT&T text message warning me that I was using "too much" unlimited data, and that I would be getting reduced speed in October if I used that much again. When I got this message, I had used roughly 18gb of data, according to the AT&T account management app, which I found unbelievable for only ONE WEEK OF USE. The maximum I could possibly imagine was about 4gb since I'd downloaded a few TV shows.

    In October, I got the AT&T text message warning me that I was using "too much" unlimited data again, and I was about to get my speed reduced. At that time, the AT&T app said I was nearing 9gb of data in UNDER 2 weeks. However, the ONLY large file I downloaded was 300mb. No massive files, no torrents, no streaming TV shows, no streaming radio, JUST web and emails. How could I have possibly used so much???

    At that rate, in under 2 months, every "Unlimited Data" will allow LESS data [at full speed] than the MAXIMUM tiered plan (4gb). Also, exactly how can they determine the average "excessive use" during the same month that they are reducing your speed? Shouldn't they use the previous month as a baseline?

    1. Can some other "using too much unlimited" people please post your alleged data use when you were cut off [the high speed]? Including how many days you were into your billing cycle? Thanks.


    I'm asking for "5%" users to share information, NOT for your opinion of "AT&T vs. ____", MyWi, tethering, high data use, "iOS vs. ____", your religious beliefs, your political beliefs, etc.. I am sure there are other threads on here for that.
     
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Wait, you're actually surprised your ridiculous data usage?
    Seriously, we don't need to explain to you. You know how the system works.

    If you don't want your speeds to be cut, stop tethering. They know that you are tethering, even if you send a few MB worth of data. That could be enough reason for them to throttle your speeds.
     
  3. nitemare macrumors regular

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    it is possible that some of your data use from last month was used right at the end of you billing cycle and rolled over into the new cycle b4 being billed creating the high data usage into october
     
  4. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Exactly OP. stop using , mywi. Check back with us next month and tell us how much data you are using.

    I am surprised AT&T hasn't sent you a warning about the mywi usage.

    AT&T is being nice. Wait till they start throttling your data. If you are not happy AT&T will gladly cancel your etf and let you go free (because of your data usage if you have a single individual plan). To date I don't know AT&T canceling entire family plans.

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    10GB is the currently "top 5%" of data users.
     
  5. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    Im averaging 30GB a month no tether they will not slow me down till around 20-25GB on a family plan.
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    People have posted on this board that they got warning messengers at around 10GB.
     
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  8. cpucrash0 macrumors regular

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    no I have not noticed slow downs. I have gone over 2gb but never over 5gb. but I've been close to 5GB before and never did it slow down my 3g internet on my iPhone 4s.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Good to know, maybe they havent been enforcing it much?
    When you went over 2GB your speed was still pretty good?
    I havent been going over 2GB so I couldnt tell either way:)
     
  10. cpucrash0 macrumors regular

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    yeah it's been good. But I never go over 5GB.
     
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  12. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    But they sell a 2GB and 4GB plans....so are they now saying that if you use your allotment, you abusing their system?
     
  13. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    I think they are really aiming this at the Unlimited users that are abusing the system.:rolleyes:
     
  14. PlaysARobin macrumors newbie

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    How do you abuse 'Unlimited'? One might ask...
     
  15. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    When unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited.... :rolleyes:
     
  16. ant1298 macrumors 6502

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    Abusing "unlimited" is when you use a high amount of data, they "know" (thats up for debate) when your tethering or when your using your phone so they can deal with it accordingly. :)
     
  17. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm consistently over 3 GB every month, and a few months i've approached 5. I have not noticed any throttling nor have I gotten a letter/txt/email from AT&T.
     
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It just occurred to me that I really have no way of knowing if I'm ever being throttled or not.

    My AT&T speeds have always ranged from 0.25 - 3.5 Mbps. So how will I know the difference between throttling and just plain old poor-service?

    I honestly don't think I would know.
     
  19. OneMike macrumors 603

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    9 days to go and I'm at 3.1GB, no slowdown.

    I can see if they throttle the person in this thread that used 15GB+, but I don't see 5GB as a lot.

    ^ I thought they would send some type of message that you were going to be throttled. If your speeds suck I guess performance wise you wouldn't know. As far as being informed though I was under the impression you would be?
     
  20. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    How do you use so much data???? I get by with 1gb.
     
  21. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I would not interpret that to mean the top 5% are being throttled.

    But knowing how much some people use each month, and I mean FAR more than 2GB, then the top 1% is skewing that average. A lot.

    Those are the ones likely to get throttled.

    Also, that figure includes people on unlimited and metered plans. No way they are going to throttle at 2GB if they are either paying for 4GB or going to be hit with another $10 for an extra GB (if they are on 2GB plan).

    I would venture they are, or soon will be, throttling unlimited users using somewhere around 7-12GB per month. No way will they throttle at 2GB.



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  22. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Ok, if that's true then I've never been throttled.

    I usually hit 2 GB per month, sometimes 3.
     
  23. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    But how do you tell?

    I dont think it is fair for them to throttle my unlimited plan when they can not guarntee me a base level of speed.

    I mean if they can always get me 7Mbs down, and then they throttle me to 2.5 down after 7 gigs, thats fair. maybe, a little, no, its still not fair. Unlimited is Unlimited!!ARGH!
     
  24. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

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    Netflix, Hulu, VEVO, and YouTube; a lot of it.
     
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