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…)
After tomorrow, if you are a Verizon customer with unlimited data and an LTE phone, you could be throttled. Starting October 1, Verizon could slow your data speeds to help relieve strain on a cell site, assuming you tick the boxes on a set of pre-determined criteria from their updated Network Optimization policy. This policy used to cover unlimited data users on 3G-only phones, but moves into LTE territory for the first time next month, because you have “no incentive” not to try and destroy all Verizon cell sites. (more…)
Continuing to hold on to your unlimited data plan at Verizon is becoming increasingly more difficult, assuming you want to upgrade to a new phone at some point. The options to upgrade are disappearing quicker than we can count, but there are still a handful of ways for you to pick up a new phone and keep living life without data caps. Unfortunately, the options that include discounted phones or reasonable monthly payments are either incredibly limited now or gone altogether. If you want to upgrade and keep unlimited data, your best bet is to pay full retail in most cases.
Since we haven’t talked about the methods for keeping unlimited data on Verizon in a while, we wanted to do that today. Many of you are considering your next phone as we head into a busy holiday season, so knowing your options can’t hurt the situation.
By our count, there are six methods for keeping unlimited data. Here they are. (more…)
Back on August 10, we reported that Verizon was about to close a loophole that many of us had used over the last couple of years to upgrade to new phones at discounted prices while still keeping unlimited data. As of yesterday, that loophole is officially closed. (more…)
Many thought that Sprint was going to kill off unlimited data after announcing their new double-data share plans on Monday. In an announcement this morning, claiming today as a “new day for unlimited data,” it’s clear that they still believe in an unlimited way of life. Starting tomorrow, new and existing Sprint customers can sign-up for their new unlimited data plan, which includes unlimited talk and text as well, for $60 per month. (more…)
In response to Sprint’s new 20GB $100 plan that was announced earlier in the week for new customers, T-Mobile has decided that it wants all of the current Sprint customers that aren’t being offered this new deal to come on over to its promised land. Through current T-Mobile customers, Magenta is offering unlimited LTE upgrades to any current customer who brings over a friend from another carrier, including Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. That new customer will also receive the free upgrade to unlimited LTE. (more…)