AT&T made a change to its unlimited data throttling policy this morning that ups the limit its legacy unlimited data users can hit before they will enforce slower data speeds. Previously, the limit was around the 5GB mark, but now unlimited data users are looking at a cool 22GB before their speeds are slowed when in congested areas.
This change could have something to do with $100 million fine that the FCC slapped on AT&T for throttling its unlimited data customers or maybe they just really wanted to do something semi-nice for once. I don’t know, but the change doesn’t appear to be a bad one. (more…)
If you picked up a Moto X Pure Edition and are using it on Verizon with your unlimited data plan, feel free to flip on the phone’s WiFi Hotspot and see if tethering works. It’s working on my phone. It’s working for a handful of others over at XDA as well, plus a source told us it would work day 1 out of the box. And I’m talking about free WiFi Hotspot and tethering without a subscription check, not for users who pay the $29.99 per month that Verizon charges unlimited data users. (more…)
Verizon’s new “The Verizon Plan” is now live and available for those interested in a simplified S-M-L-XL approach to voice and data service. We’ve talked a lot about it over the last week, even sharing exclusive details that were unavailable until today. But even with the info we were privy to, there was one subject we did not yet have an answer to that many having been on edge about – how does this all affect unlimited data users?
The subject was brought up because Verizon has insisted since announcing the new S-M-L-XL plans that if customers wanted to keep their current plans and still upgrade, they could without moving to the new plan. That news excited the hell out of unlimited data users who for all of these years have had to pay full retail for phones in order to keep their plans alive. Could Verizon be giving in to the handful that are left? (more…)
AT&T’s grandfathered unlimited data plans haven’t really been unlimited for quite some time now. Those who still pay for one know that AT&T throttles the hell out of data speeds on 4G LTE unlimited plans after they reach 5GB of usage per month and doesn’t bother to bring those speeds back up until the next billing cycle. We are talking throttling any and everywhere once that 5GB limit is reached, not just if the phone is attached to a congested network. Pretty weak, right?
Today, or at least some time since mid-March, AT&T seems to have softened its stance on 4G LTE throttling. (more…)
According to a reliable source, Verizon is going to make changes to the majority of its More Everything plans this Thursday, February 5. The changes will include $10 discounts to most data options, a handful of new data tiers to choose from, and the $25 Edge discount starting even lower going forward at just 6GB of data. The full details can be found below. (more…)
AT&T introduced one important new feature to its $60 GoPhone prepaid plan this afternoon that I’m sure customers will gladly accept, plus they also introduced a new $45 option.
As for the new feature, the $60 GoPhone plan now includes unlimited data to go along with its unlimited talk and text. Subscribers of this plan will still only get 2.5GB of high-speed data, but should they hit that data cap, they will continue to be able to use data for the rest of the month, only at incredibly slow speeds. After the 2.5GB of high-speed data has been used, your data speeds will be reduced down to 128Kbps for the rest of your 30-day billing term. (more…)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made a complaint against AT&T public this morning, claiming that over the course of the past few years, every time AT&T throttled a customer who had an unlimited data plan, it was breaking the law.
To be exact, this complaint is in direct relation to a press release which AT&T released back in July of 2011, which announced AT&T planned to throttle its top data users, but would make sure the users knew they were going to be throttled after they used a specific amount of data. From the FTC’s findings, AT&T was not very good at notifying its customers with texts or emails, ultimately throttling 3.5 million users to the tune of 25 million times. (more…)
That title says just about all you need to know. Verizon has informed us that they are canceling plans to move forward with Network Optimization of unlimited data customers. In other words, Verizon is not going to slow down the data connection of customers with unlimited data plans who fall in the top 5% of the carrier’s data users. Instead, Verizon is going to focus on delivering exceptional mobile service to every customer, while continuing to work with industry players to make sure that you and I are receiving “world-class” mobile service.
The statement Verizon provided to us can be read in full below. (more…)