AT&T’s New Throttling Policy Announced…Won’t Screw You as Badly

March 2, 2012 in Commentary, News by Hashim Fannin


One thing AT&T has shown in the last year is they don’t mind changing the rules of the game in the middle of the game.  Yesterday AT&T announced a change in their throttling policy that makes two primary changes.  It allows LTE smartphone users up to 5gb of data use, and non-LTE smartphone users up to 3gb.  While LTE smartphone users will get a 5gb limit to their “unlimited” data (before throttling kicks in), non-LTE smartphone users barely got a data allotment increase.  Non-LTE smartphone users now have a 3gb limit before throttling kicks in (this up from the approx. 2gb it was before).  Sorry iPhone users, AT&T doesn’t feel that you deserve more data.  But not to worry as AT&T gave their assurance that “you’ll still be able to use as much data as you want. That won’t change.  Only your data throughput speed will change if you use 3GB or more in one billing cycle on a 3G or 4G smartphone or 5GB or more on a 4G LTE smartphone.”  Okay, let’s call a spade a spade.  That’s a bunch of bulls#$% and they know it.  Once you’re throttled, your data connection is virtually useless.  The speeds they throttle you to are slower than edge.  You couldn’t use as much data as you’d like, because the connection speed will not allow it.  Once you’re throttled you can forget about streaming a youtube video, that just isn’t going to happen.  Once you’re throttled, I hope you aren’t in a hurry when you try to load up that website…because it’s going to take a while.  It’s nice that AT&T gave the LTE users a decent data limit before throttling, but they should have instituted that for all unlimited customers regardless of what phone they have.  Limiting customers based on their device is ridiculous, but I expect no less out of AT&T.  By the way, there’s still that issue of the in-call throttling they are doing to ALL of their customers, regardless of what plan they’re on or what phone they have.


Source:  AT&T

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