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AT&T Joins the Throttling Party, Plans to Slow Down Its Top Data Hogs

Verizon started throttling their top dog data hogs back in February (top 5% of users) and caught a whole bunch of flack for it.  You can now toss some of the same choice words you directed at Big Red over to AT&T as they have now confirmed a report from this morning that suggested they would begin to throttle the top 5% of their unlimited data users as well.

So let us try to clarify for you – users who pay an ungodly amount of money to continue to have unlimited data (because AT&T has tiers), no longer get to fully take advantage of that unlimited data?  Correct.  Well, to be fair, the unlimited data isn’t going away, but the way in which you get to enjoy it, is.  Sounds reasonable…right…no.

But just so you know, this is only a temporary fix.  That’s right.  In order to fix the problem permanently, they will need their T-Mobile merger to be approved.  And yes, it’s OK for you to fall on the floor laughing now.  

An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans

Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. Many experts agree the country is facing a serious wireless spectrum crunch. We’re responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire additional network capacity. We’re also taking additional, more immediate measures to help address network congestion.

One new measure is a step that may reduce the data throughput speed experienced by a very small minority of smartphone customers who are on unlimited plans – those whose extraordinary level of data usage puts them in the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period. In fact, these customers on average use 12 times more data than the average of all other smartphone data customers. This step will not apply to our 15 million smartphone customers on a tiered data plan or the vast majority of smartphone customers who still have unlimited data plans.

Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period.

This change will never impact the vast majority of our customers, and is designed to create a better service experience for all.

The amount of data usage of our top 5 percent of heaviest users varies from month to month, based on the usage of others and the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband services. To rank among the top 5 percent, you have to use an extraordinary amount of data in a single billing period.

There will be no changes for the vast majority of customers. It’s not how much time you spend using your device, it’s what you do with it. You can send or receive thousands of emails, surf thousands of Web pages and watch hours of streaming video every month and not be in the top 5 percent of data users.

Typically what puts someone in the top 5 percent is streaming very large amounts of video and music daily over the wireless network, not Wi-Fi. Streaming video apps, remote web camera apps, sending large data files (like video) and some online gaming are examples of applications that can use data quickly. Using Wi-Fi doesn’t create wireless network congestion or count toward your wireless data usage. AT&T smartphone customers have unlimited access to our entire Wi-Fi network, with more than 26,000 hotspots, at no additional cost. They can also use Wi-Fi at home and in the office.

The bottom line is our customers have options. They can choose to stay on their unlimited plans and use unlimited amounts of data, but may experience reduced speeds at some point if they are an extraordinarily heavy data user. If speed is more important, they may wish to switch to a tiered usage plan, where customers can pay for more data if they need it and will not see reduced speeds.

But even as we pursue this additional measure, it will not solve our spectrum shortage and network capacity issues. Nothing short of completing the T-Mobile merger will provide additional spectrum capacity to address these near term challenges.

  • M Cazador

    probably a good time to move with a different provider AT&T Sucks,,!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003192762824 James Garrett

    It’s been my experience that they don’t just “reduce the network speed”, they pretty much kill it altogether. There also isn’t a grace period. I get the first text saying I’m approaching the top 5% of data users and then within a day or two I receive another text saying that I have reached the top 5%. Once I get that second text my phone is worthless for anything trying to get on the network. I can’t stream music (Slacker Radio) or video (Netflix) at all and web pages load painfully slow. I can’t wait for my contract to end so I can go to Sprint. At least they don’t slow you down when you are using exactly what you paid for which is UNlimited data, not a we’ll call it unlimited but in reality we have a cap and after that we’re going to screw you but still take your money all the same. I’ve been with AT&T since 2002 but what is the purpose of having this plan, or a smart phone for that matter, when you can’t use it to it’s full potential and are paying for it?

  • Anonymous

    Im officially boycotting AT$T Pandora 24/7 everyone needs to do this in order to show AT$T not to pissed people off almost check the site below  100gb in one month!
    http://dgray337.blogspot.com/

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZY2S6EHWEZAOEKZ62H4PLCCM5Y Cherie Rojas

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Pirroav

    OMG those poor POOR (pun intended) babies, they need their big illegal merger to go through to ease up their data woes…. or they could do what sprint does, and just, you know, NOT throttle their users…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Breezer23 Travis Horne

    Can someone explain to me how the limited wireless spectrum effects this? I don’t really quite understand it…

  • Gustapo

    How can anyone be a “Data Hog” with att. They don’t cover enough territory to give that option. 

    • Anonymous

      dgray337.blogger.com

  • Anonymous

    i like the bit at the end where it talks about if you are on unlimited data and would not like to have reduced speeds you can switch to a tierd plan that will give you more data for more money.

    • KevinC

      It doesn’t say that at all, you obviously have trouble with reading comprehension.  Here, maybe you should try again genius.

      “If speed is more important, they may wish to switch to a tiered usage plan, where customers can pay for more data if they need it and will not see reduced speeds.”

      • Anonymous

        thats exactly what i said genius… i just think its funny that beyond unlimited there is a tiered data option that you get more data than unlimited for more money.

        • KevinC

          Umm, teared data options don’t get you more data than unlimited for more money, that’s where you are WRONG.

          You obviously can’t read, and have never passed the 2nd grade.

          • Anonymous

            “were customers can pay for more data if they need it and will not see reduced speeds.” can you read that it means more data more money pretty simple.

          • KevinC

            You’re still interpreting it wrong.  Tiered data means customers pay for more data if they need it.  It always has.  If you have a 2GB plan and need more, you have the option to pay for more data if you need it.

            Go back to school bub.

          • KevinC

            you will ALWAYS get more data on an unlimited plan retard

          • Dean2359

            Geez Kev what’s with all the hostility?! Take it easy,we all have the same interests here so lets just be respectful of each other. Thanks bro

          • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

            Hey Kevin, its tiered. Unless you mean “teared” like you will be “teared” up when you get your bill. Actually at a certain point, according to this press release you will get more data for more money. Once the unlimited gets throttled, you will still be paying extra for your tiered data overage, with apparently no decline in speed.

  • RW-1

    ATT figure it out, you’re not getting TMob, and you can cry all you want about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1163143462 Matt Sikon

    So with how bad AT&T’s service is how would you even know if your being throttled back or it’s just their terrible service? :o

    • Juscozimme

      First of all.  ATT, Tmobile, and Sprint sucks.  Tried all three at the same time.  ATT’s 4G, does not exist, 3G speed with 4G phone, was .014, sucks. 

      Tmobile and Sprint claim 4G, but can’t use the phone in my house with either.  4G exists when I step out side, and the phone works. 

      Verizion works inside and out 4G and 3G coverage.

      Truthfully, ATT’s Uverse is exceptional, when it works.  All the carriers are throttling, but Verizon has the best 4G coverage.

  • TravelingArtist

    I dont tether. i do watch alot of tv show from southparkstudios, fox for familyguy and americandad, adultswim, and netflix. so i use close to 30gigs a month on average. I make handmade chainmail jewelry and leather books, pouches, and phone covers very tedious work and utterly boring without something to listen to. I travel all over the country, constantly(to sell my goods) so cannot get a reliable internet from comcast or dish(i travel alot).
     I follow my contract to the letter, and pay for unlimited.
     I watch my shows legally and follow my contract but everyone thinks its okay for me to be throttled? I pay for my phone and unlimited data, follow the contract and follow the law. Why is it ok that i should be throttled????

    • GinoSylum

      i agree with you 100%… its not a mater of we all pay the same, but 5% are screwing the others… WE ARE PAYING MORE THEN YOU!  SO YES, WE GET MORE DATA!  i will never understand people. Look at the monthly bills from the people PAYING for unlimited, and look at the lower teired bills. AT&T and Verizon are right, we have a choice (a choice you offer) and we have chosen to pay more.  To now act like we are doing somthing wrong is nuts.  how about this, people who agree with AT&T, lets say you have a 1 gig a month plan. you are 3/4 of the way there but they slow you down for the rest of the month.  you are paying for a gig why should you not get it?  But its ok, the people getting the lower teir plan are not affected, so dont complain.  :-p

    • Mike Robertson

      if you see your speed slow down, ask them if you got “trottled down. if they affirm it, sue them!  start a class action!

      • KevinC

        LOL, you can’t sue them for anything.  Speed is not in your contract.

        Get over it.

        • Anonymous

          No, it’s all over their adds, “FASTEST 4G”…. if they slow u down to 2G, then it’s false advertising. 

          • KevinC

            LOL, you have a very spotty grasp on the law of the land.  I pity you.

  • Granted

    Well hopefully antitrust will stop them from merging with T-Mobile. If they do merge, Verizon and AT&T will control 80% of the mobile market. And only mo-tard would think that was a good thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705034 Jeff Simpson

    I see “top 5%” mentioned 6 times in that letter, but nowhere in the letter does it say how much data those users would have to use before they get throttled! I’m all for throttling after a certain amount rather than capping or charging extra, but it REALLY needs to be a specified amount. Is it 5GB? 10GB? 200MB???

    • KevinC

      It doesn’t need to be any specified amount.  AT&T can do what they want.  Top 5% is perfectly reasonable.

      • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

        You’re right, they can. That’s why their merger should be denied.

  • joel rizo

    I believe Verizon ONLY throttles people that signed up with Verizon on or after Feb 10th (iphone release date).

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207965/Verizon_warns_it_will_throttle_back_speeds_for_data_hogs

    • SprottheDestroyer

      i signed on june last year. when i start using alot of data, i lose 3g and goto 1x. as soon as i cut off my usage, i regain 3g. i stop using data i regain 3g. when i try to use my data again, lose 3g again. gf with exact same phone, still has 3g and im closer to the tower. June. ill go with experience over what some guy says(who has no idea what hes talking about).

      • joel rizo

        I’ve NEVER been throttled. How much data are you using? I use about 9GB a month. That sounds more like the phones being messed up.

  • Crack Monkey

    Funny with all the data my daughter downloads (games, music, movies, etc) we still don’t hit the top 5% of users on our unlimited plans (Verizon). But I can tell you that if they start charging any more I’ll just drop the smart phone all together. I’m currently paying $90 per month just for 3 data plans not including all the money I pay for shared minutes and the extra phones. I have 5 phones on account right now. My recently graduated from college son will be paying for his own soon so I’ll save a few bucks a month on that. I love technology and especially smart phones but I got along for 40 years without a cell phone. If they get too greedy I’ll be just fine getting along without a smart phone or data plan. Telcos will only push until they start feeling pain. Some class actions suits for limiting data that one has paid for just might cause them enough pain to back off the greed level.

    • Granted

      A very will thought out point. I’d say I agree, if I have to pay anymore, I’ll just drop down to a shitty burn phone.

  • Anonymous

    So the user pays say 80 bucks a month for 10gb or w/e of data. Now when he gets close to his cap he is going to have to suffer throttled speeds for the 10gb plan he paid for? Ok I know I am not the only one saying this should be illegal! This sounds crazy to me! They pay for that data at that speed not w/e at&t think is a speed they deserve! I am loosing it right now! How did this happen?

    • Tim242

      You should improve your reading comprehension skills…THIS IS ONLY FOR UNLIMITED PLANS!

  • Scea67

    You actually have to get a signal first with AT&T before you can slow down anyone , this is a joke right???

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    good the top 5% of people should get throttled there is noway in hell you should be exceeding more than 10 gb a month that is just insane and you might need to get a real iternet

    • I.payed.for.it.

      i stream alot of videos from legitimate websites, southparkstudios, fox for familyguy and american dad, and adultswim. watch them all on my phone(im disabled and have plenty of time to watch what i want). I dont think i should be throttled for doing everything exactly in my contract by only using my phone(notethering), and legally watching tv shows with the copyright owners permission(all legal to watch websites). Yet i get punished for doing what i pay to do? and you feel its right? I pay for it and follow the rules and the law and yet i still get throttled.

      • p51

        To be fair they never do promise a speed.

      • KevinC

        Use a WIFI network.

        Get over it, speed is not in your contract, you have no ground to stand on.

  • Anonymous

    Serious question: Has anyone at all been throttled on Verizon? I’ve seen people post outrageous data usage numbers on various forums, yet even the highest of them were never throttled. I wonder if Verizon was only bluffing, and made that statement in an attempt to make people curb their own usage. Now that AT&T is doing the same, I suspect we might actually see some enforcement of this policy on Big Red’s part.

  • Anonymous

    Does Verizon do this and if so do they give some kind of limit? Like 5 gigs or something?

  • Dean2359

    Now I see why Sprint is advertising that their unlimited plan is really that,no limits and no throttling. Good timing Sprint

  • Haha

    Haha, you’ll get throttled if you are in the top 5% of users who probably use many times more than the max tiered data plan. To solve this you can get a tiered plan so you’ll pay even more money once you hit maybe 10% of your usual data usage but it won’t be throttled.

    Of course, when they get more spectrum and capacity by getting the T-Mobile merger approved they’ll still throttle the unlimited plans and charge lots of overages on tiered plans.

    Sounds like a win win for AT&T. It’s not like AT&T users have better options now. VZW got rid of their unlimited. Maybe they can get grandfathered into Sprint’s unlimited plans before they stop offering it too.

  • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

    How will switching to tiered help if you are in the top 5% by the time you get there with any of their data plans, you’ll be broke from overage charges.

  • Mike

    Think you misread that Kellex….AT&T grandfathered customers like VZW did.  This only applies to customers still on unlimited NOT on tiered plans.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

      no it affects both, you just are not going to go that high in usage if you are not unlimited

      • Anonymous

        Not correct, they specifically point out in the release that this does NOT affect those on tiered plans.

        Apparently, you can be as “piggy” as you want and it won’t cause network congestion if you are putting enough cash in at&t coffers.

  • juan

    are they throttling me for internet service?

  • Anonymous

    Convenient timing for this to go into effect right around when iOS 5 will launch. OTA updates, iCloud, Google Music, Amazon music and so on. They are also pretending that a GB has a set price. That way they can double charge and avoid actually investing in infrastructure. If they admit the reality that having a connection and the speed of that connection are the only real costs, then customers will demand to get what they paid for.

    • KevinC

      LOL, it’s funny how you have no understand of economics.

      The real cost in having a connection are the towers and infrastructure to put the wireless network in place.  The telcos are just recouping their costs.

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    Does anyone have a rough idea what the top 5% are using?
    I’m on vz and use an average of 12gb per month and haven’t experienced any throttling… So I’m assuming im in the bottom 95%

    • Anonymous

      Holy cow….

    • Anonymous

      Well if you believe what at&t said when they cut over to tiered plans) I don’t, but that is another story) then they said 97% of their users use less than 2GB per month and since in this release they say the top 5% use 12 times as much, unless the 3% that uses more really throws off the curve it has to be less than 12 GB per month.

    • Fyrenzy

      I think as long as its less than 15gb your ok

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    So what if everybody starts playing team ball and reduces their data use, and let’s say the top 5% start using less that 5 gigs.  Are they still going to be throttled just because they are in the top 5%?  They should really make this whoever goes over a certain amount of gigs.  Because sooner or later, the top 5% is going to be using less and less, and will never be able to get out of the top 5%.  This is crap on so many levels.  For God sakes just make it 5 gigs!!!!  I think everybody agrees that this is a reasonable amount of data for a smartphone.  

    • Blake Robinson

      Don’t make it only 5 GB’s make it 15 GB. People who pay for unlimited should be allowed to use unlimited data without throttling. I use about 6 gigs a month and I DON’T tether! Anyone past 15 gigs should be throttled

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        15 that is just insane how??? get a real internet and stop playing your ps3 through tethering

        • beanboy

          I use between 8-11 gb myself…also no tethering. Mostly Pandora and other internet radio. But either way, if you pay for unlimited, you should get unlimited…..plain & simple mr ps3……

          • KevinC

            and you do get unlimited.  at&t is just throttling speeds, which are not in your contract.

            you lose dumbass

        • Granted

          Haha! I bet some idiot actually plays their ps3 through tethering. “Man! You’re lagging the server, quit downloading apps while we play, you cheap p-hole!”

        • Blake Robinson

          If you read my original statement I said I don’t tether… I have no reason to… My internet at my college is 90 MB / second nor do I have an X-Box 360 or PS3. I use Pandora 24/7 and I watch youtube videos a lot.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

            then use wifi?

      • SprottheDestroyer

        i dont tether. i watch shows on southparkstudios, fox for familyguy and americandad and adultswim. I travel all over so cant do comcast or dish for tv or internet.  My phone is my only source. I follow the rules of my contract and follow the law by only watching legally watchable websites. because i stream  alot i use alot of data. I shouldnt be throttled for following my contract.

  • http://twitter.com/MrBouche MrBouche

    *sniff* wow, that’s some ripe bullsh*t there.

  • Zach

    ROFL, really hope the merger doesn’t go through and then they’ll have to pay t-mobile $5 billion.

  • Jim Dandy

    Hate! Hate! Hate!

  • Frstsaxman

    Im still not 100% sure how data caps and throttling is legal

    • TheAndroid1

      Caps: You know about them ahead of time and agree to them when you sign the contract.  If they impose them midway through contract you can either end the contract or get grandfathered in.

      Throttling: You pay for access to network, you still get unlimited.  You don’t pay for the speed.

      Good for the customer – No
      Do I agree – No
      Unfair – Debatable
      Is that the way it is – Yes

      • Anonymous

        “If they impose them midway through contract you can either end the contract or get grandfathered in”

        You cannot get grandfathered in.. you have it or you dont. This affects grandfathered Unlimited plans. Not the non-unlimited tiers.

        “Throttling: You pay for access to network, you still get unlimited.  You don’t pay for the speed.”

        Your missing the point.. Unlimited is Unlimited.. when you throttle. You limit the use and cripple its use to the network. I get what your saying, but not everyone abuses the network and ATT made it apparent that there’s not many user on that plan.

        • TheAndroid1

          “You cannot get grandfathered in.. you have it or you dont. This affects grandfathered Unlimited plans. Not the non-unlimited tiers.”
          -I don’t see what you are trying to say, If a cap is going to be imposed on a previously unlimited plan, you either get grandfathered in or you can exit your contract.

          • Bullet Tooth Tony

            Uhmmm… There are no usage caps with unlimited data. Unlimited data doesn’t mean unlimited speed. What they’re limiting is the speed of that access for the hogs that ruin the experience for everyone else.

          • TheAndroid1

            I meant if they impose a cap on previously unlimited data.  Like Verizon did from unlimited to 2gb.

      • http://www.mygeek911.com mygeek911

        Every time I hear the word “throttling”, I think of Homer and Bart Simpson.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I think it is good for the consumer because those top five ruin it for the rest of us that want the unlimited plans.. People that use massive amounts of data are the ones that cause tiered pricing…(there is more to it but these top 5% of people add to the problem) I just dont understand how you could use more than 5 gb a month on a cell phone…Those top 5% also bog down the network so im glad

        • TheAndroid1

          I wish verizon would have left the cap at 5gb.  This month and for the past couple of months I have been using about 50-100mb over 2gb.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1163143462 Matt Sikon

            I believe that there are many many people out there like you who just go over 2gb a month and are getting screwed. The really bad thing is that they know that and that’s why they decided to put the limit right at 2gb.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

            put it on wifi a tiny bit more then

        • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

          I don’t get your point, why aren’t you happy with a 5gb plan if you don’t use more than that?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

            He likes tiered pricing because it goes after the people that use all the bandwidth.. Basically, its actually fair.

  • http://twitter.com/mhendersonco Mike Henderson

    You can get data on AT&T?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      I have verizon but at least att 3g is somewhat fast verizon might have a big coverage area but their 3g sucks

      • MOTOX

        my 3g is actually faster than my friends att iphone….verizon…:)

      • Scea67

        What planet are you using it on because on my planet ( Earth) Verizon blows AT&T out of the water , its not even close

        • Anonymous

          As far as 3g speeds go, Verizon is not very fast. It makes up for it by being widespread, but it’s still just a tradeoff.

          • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

            Better some slightly slower coverage than none at all.

    • Inkster09

      Lmao mike

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBU24KVHRGWOTATIYW3RNBM4AI Gabriel Kennedy

      I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

    • Anonymous

      I just paid $ 22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 675 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

    • Anonymous

      I just paid $ 22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 675 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

    • Advokat

      You can get data.  You just can’t get phone calls

  • Anonymous

    I’m on T-Mobile, now; I’m not looking forward to this. Unless, of course, I can use the currently working trick on T-Mobile to avoid data throttling }:)

    • ThrottleNoMo

      Changing APNs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nicholas-Day/100001310977448 Nicholas Day

    I hate carriers soooo soooo much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    I’m planning on switching to whichever carrier gets the Nexus Prime first, but if the T-Mobile/AT&T merger goes through, I may have to rethink this (assuming t-mobile is the first to get it).  AT&T is expensive like Verizon but without the same coverage.  It just doesn’t make any sense.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    What must you do to be a top 5% data hog of the millions of users out there? Is not having a life one of the criteria?

    • Granted

      Yes, it absolutely is, I’d I bet Kleenex’s left vagina lip, that those top users are self entitled bitches that think they shouldn’t pay for home internet, besides their mobile unlimited. They need to ask for a raise from the Dollar store, and stop being cheap bastards, and bastardettes.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Exactly. If you are in the top 5% you are obviously breaking the T.O.S. and illegally tethering and probably using your phones connection to torrent pirated movies all day. If people are really upset that cheap asses are getting trotted they should probably go get a job and a life. 

      • Kiba Fang

        Well, you could also be a parson like me that pays for unlimited with 6mb/s service because you have 3 brothers and 2 sisters that all play 360 and ps3. this causes you to be in the top 1% so while paying for 6mb/s i get about 2.5kb/s yea… paying for SPEED and i get throttled. how is this legal? i really don’t know, because it says in the contract that they can take away the unlimited as long as they tell you a week ahead of time. not the speed you pay for.

        • Kiba Fang

          and yes i realized i spelled parson instead of person. oh well. deal with it.

    • Magnum Opus

      Sounds like you have to be one of the top 5% of people who REALLY REALLY COUNT ON AT&T.  I think all of the carriers sukkkkk.  WHEN are we going to break their stupid monopoly stranglehold?  At least I took step one….recently returned by stupid VZW Revolution (worst phone ever) since it had that BING crapware on it….swapped it for a D3 which is WAY better.  And the 4g/3g tradeoff is all smoke and mirrors at least to me anyway, since 99% of what I do is run locally, but runs WAY faster with the dual core….

  • Anonymous

    The carriers can kiss my ass.  Yippee kay yay motherfuckers.

    • Anonymous

      Please, somebody tell me a moderator didn’t remove the mother****** bit from the end of this quote. John McClane would be disappointed. :(

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        I think he’d be more disappointed that with some 25 years to practice, someone failed to spell “yippee KI-yay” accurately.

      • Anonymous

        I am, you don’t want to get on my bad side kellex.

  • ThenewLOL

    LAWL

  • Flip

    And this matters why?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this press release just highlights everything wrong with the wireless industry today. (and generally just how business is done in the US).

    I am so glad I’m off AT&T, though. Verizon may be pricy but geez AT&T just annoys me.

    • Christephor

      dude do you really expect to pay the same prices you were paying before all these smartphones came out? You want better phones but dont expect to pay for grow up you troll

      • Brendonjones108

        Isnt that why we pay an extra 30$ a month for having a smart phone? Thats 360$ a year just for a smart phone. Also if i remember dont they make money for every app thats bought and part of the money from ads? Thats not trolling its just wanting what you paid for.

      • http://twitter.com/chqueed charles rogers

        Are you serious? I mean are you saying people AREN”T paying enough for smartphone data? You have got to be kidding. You are a joke.

      • Anonymous

        YES I do expect to pay the same price for what I signed up for and have been paying for.

        Do you work for AT&T or something?  

        What smacks of sh*t in our face is that they will not throttle those that pay per MB of data.  As to say you can go ahead and congest the network as long as you are paying by tier for it. So much for grandfathering.

      • Anonymous

        you DO realize it’s the growth of technology rite? I paid 350$ for a black&white LCD Nextel i90 Flipphone 10 yrs ago. The price of the first color i95 Flipphone had only 90,000 color display & it was 600$ (250$ w Contract). With our color displays now in the multi-Millions, does that mean I should paying $60,000 for a smartphone today??

        & like the earlier commenter noted, we’re REQUIRED to have EXPNSIVE Data plans w every smart phone now. That in itself subsidizes the cost of the phone. There are quite a few who actually avoid the smartphone b/c they dont need a data plan. I didnt want a dataplan on my first WinMo smartphone and was quite upset I was required to get one w my D1 back in 2009.

        My friend wants a decent android phone, but doesnt want to pay the data plan b/c he does fine w WiFi access & doesnt need 2GBs, nor does he want a 25$+ Data plan, why isnt that an option?

        btw, LTE is a better data network, but it will cost Carriers 10x less to provide to the enduser. I guess you’re part of the crowd that believes vzw when they say consumers should pay the cost for building LTE networks even tho it’s simply in Vzw’s own financial best interest to build them.