Feb 13, 2012

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AT&T Begins Throttling Customers With Unlimited Data

AT&T Begins Throttling Customers With Unlimited Data

Were you one of the lucky ones who were grandfathered into AT&T’s long-gone unlimited data plan? The one that supposedly lets you use as much data as you want? If you’re a heavy user, you might be in for a surprise: AT&T has supposedly begun throttling users in the top 5%.

For example, one user received a notice that he would be throttled until the next billing cycle after using 2.1GB of data, even though he should have been allowed at least 3GB before any throttling occurred, under the terms of his original plan.

According to AT&T, they don’t automatically throttle all heavy users, but do it on a case-by-case basis.

Interesting that this comes on the heel of recent price hikes for AT&T’s current data plans; it makes me wonder if even those of us who are grandfathered into the unlimited plan may not see that lasting for much longer.

I have a grandfathered plan, but because of easy access to WiFi (and my iPad), I’m not a super-heavy user. Have any of you experienced throttling?

[Source: GamePolitics.com]