Unlimited AT&T Data

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by GrecoISU, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. GrecoISU macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    I've been an unlimited data person for a long time. Hoping FCC steps in and pressures AT&T like they did with Verizon but I was looking through the service agreement and summarized it here:

    Here is what it really says:

  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Don't count on it. AT&T is probably never bringing back unlimited data. They're offering every incentive that they can for people to switch to tiered data. There's just far more money to be made by having people pay for data in tiers and pay overages and that's what it's all about. They've been throttling "unlimited" users for years now so at this point I doubt the FCC will do anything about it. If you need more than 5GB either switch to Mobile Share or switch carriers.
  3. barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    Well I wouldn't say they are offering every incentive they can. A single line user on grandfathered unlimited still has little reason to change to a new plan.

    However, I agree that AT&T probably isn't going to budge from its current policy.
  4. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2014
    I wouldn't hold your breath about the FCC stepping in.
    IIRC this policy has been in place for many years (4?) so it isn't as if this is something new that the FCC just noticed.

    Not defending AT&T but unlimited just means that there are no overage charges. It never says that there is a minimum speed which is guaranteed.

    If the FCC does decide to step in, I would expect AT&T to try and change their policy about keeping the plan when you change phones or other aspects of your plan.
  5. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    One of the many reasons I'm about to ditch ATT in favor of t-mobile.
  6. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lets be realistic. The people who abused unlimited ruined it for everyone. You have nothing but yourselves to blame.
  7. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2014
    Actually, it isn't people who abused it since I doubt many people were using 1T of data on their phone every month.

    It is the dishonest and unethical "people" (i use that word loosely) who violated the TOS by using it in tether mode.
  8. bronzini macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Agreed. I'm one of those folks. Single line grandfathered unlimited.
  9. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I think the 30GB mobile share plan is better than unlimited. Instead of 5GB of data, you now have 30GB high speed.
  10. wordsworth03 macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2012
    I don't understand how ATT can evade FCC rules when Verizon couldn't. It seems that if the FCC were to actually enforce rules and start fining companies, it wouldn't matter what the fine print said.
  11. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    Because Verizon's LTE spectrum came with special restrictions when they got it from the FCC, AT&T's didn't.
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    The verizon deal with the government was different than AT&T or any other US carrier.
    Verizon has strict rules and guidelines they have to follow for the bandwidth they purchased.
  13. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    It depends on how many phones you have. That plan would cost more, for me.
  14. GrecoISU thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    Agreed. The two year contracts are still a better deal for my family as we have four lines.
  15. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    I just have the one phone. I'm currently throttled but the phone is still quite usable. I can stream music no problem. Video is another story. The quality of video is poor while throttled but still watchable.
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    Gmcube macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Unethical? We pay good money for that data, we should be able to use it any way we please. It shouldn't be any of their business what devices happen to be using it on.
  17. fatlardo macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
    How are they abusing it if it was marketed as unlimited? Isnt that what it means?
  18. monkey28rb macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2010
    I took over a month to month Verizon Unlimited data plan a couple of days ago. I had ATT for about 10 years now, with unlimited. I got tired of the throttling. Now I am use as much as I want without throttling.
  19. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    not for a single line.


    Verizon makes you pay full price for your phone if you want to keep unlimited. I'll take throttling at 5gigs over full price phones any day.
  20. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    You pay good money for unlimited data on your phone. Not unlimited data on your phone and anything you can tether to it.

    Paying for unlimited data on your phone and then tethering is like paying for an all you can eat buffet and sneaking out to-go containers of food to eat later.
  21. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    AT&T are just biding their time until they can get rid of all the old plans AND unlimited data.

    I wish they'd offer rollover data.
  22. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2014
    No, you are completely wrong and don't understand.

    You should only be able to use it based on the terms that you paid for it.

    Those terms are no tethering.

    Grow up.


    The abuse was that people tethered which was explicitly against the TOS for the AT&T unlimited plan.
  23. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    And here's what I said to them: Screw you. Switched carriers. Bye bye.
  24. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    Same thing. i can eat a **** ton of food at an all you can eat buffet. or i can take it with me. it doesn't matter where I eat the food, inside or outside. And if it does matter that much to people, then they have a stick up their ass
  25. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

    Aug 12, 2014
    AT&T rarely throttles my unlimited speeds and I know I've gone over the 5GB limit a few times since getting a LTE smartphone.

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