OpieRadio Logo
Compound Media Logo
Jim Norton Logo

AT&T now slowing some of heaviest 'unlimited data' customers

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2002
    Messages:
    77,726
    Likes Received:
    27,101
    http://www.komonews.com/news/tech/ATT-customers-surprised-by-unlimited-data-limit-139226414.html
     
  2. stevethrower

    stevethrower Got Sig?

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2004
    Messages:
    47,939
    Likes Received:
    20,559
  3. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2005
    Messages:
    40,304
    Likes Received:
    7,462
    That's bullshit. You should be able to be let out of your contract at the very least. Using a navigation program at dialup speeds renders it totally unusable.
     
  4. Jef Leppard

    Jef Leppard 4/5 ths

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2005
    Messages:
    6,780
    Likes Received:
    126
    at least for now the "U" word holds true

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    At least T-Mobile lets you get to 5gb before they throttle. And they'd don't throttle 99%.The scary thing is that AT&T probably has to do this to somehow limit network utilization. The need for bandwidth as opposed to existing infrastructure is really becoming a problem.
     
  6. CousinDave

    CousinDave Registered User

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2007
    Messages:
    25,297
    Likes Received:
    198
    AOL used to charge per minute then went to a flat rate for unlimited use per month.

    The data plans from the cell phones companies will have to go unlimited within 2 years.
     
  7. Voss's Tumor

    Voss's Tumor Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,516
    Likes Received:
    4
    It's going to go in the opposite direction, actually. As phones get faster with 4G LTE and beyond, people are going to start using their phones as their home devices, and the networks simply couldn't handle that load. If they don't find some way to either rapidly increase network capabilities (ie, buying T Mobile.... Fucking ass holes) they've got to somehow limit usage.
     
  8. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2005
    Messages:
    40,304
    Likes Received:
    7,462
    The funny thing is AT&T probably won't even mind the bad publicity about this. It's scary stories like this that get people switching to their wifi networks more then they would otherwise. It's a lot better on your battery to use wifi anyway.
     
  9. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    Funny you mention that. The T-Mobile merger would have probably prevented this. Or more accurately, put it off for a while.
     
  10. Voss's Tumor

    Voss's Tumor Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,516
    Likes Received:
    4
    That was the whole point of the merger. The Fed blocking it just completely fucked AT&T's ability to rapidly ramp up their network capabilities, so they're having to take bad press now because the fed fucked with the free market.

    Yay fed.
     
  11. Southtown

    Southtown Registered User

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,170
    Likes Received:
    209
    I agree with this. We have free wifi at work, and I know a few people that dont bother with it because they say they have the unlimited plan. I then tell them I heard its faster for them to be on the wifi and they say they dont care. People are just stupid
     
  12. Voss's Tumor

    Voss's Tumor Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Messages:
    15,516
    Likes Received:
    4
    I still have the iPhone 4 (not S) so it really doesn't matter what mode it's on, it's slow, but I keep it on WiFi as much as possible even though I've got unlimited.3G definitely seems slow as hell in the past 6 months or so.
     
  13. Larz

    Larz ****Self-Banned****
    It's My Birthday!

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2006
    Messages:
    2,678
    Likes Received:
    2
    I really doubt this... acquiring t-mobile wasn't about adding capacity, it was about acquiring more subscribers while simultaneously knocking out the only GSM competitor. If they really wanted more capacity they could have spent the $40 billion to bulid out the network like Verizon has.

    I was a longtime AT&T subscriber through my employer but the horrendous network quality in my area was becoming a business liability. They finally got a contract with Verizon early last year and the service has been nothing but phenomenal. Not a single dropped call on my end... just upgraded to LTE data and the DL speeds are amazing. 30gb of useage last month and not a hint of being throttled. I have coworkers that have gone way above that torrenting shit all day. Probably won't last, but Verizon seems to do a lot of things right while AT&T has a tendency to shit all over their customers.
     
  14. Josh_R

    Josh_R Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Messages:
    5,847
    Likes Received:
    458
    I am on the grandfathered unlimited plan, but I had no idea that the throttling was at 99%. I use 8gb/month, this is going to totally fuck me over if they hit me with it. I am off contract, so they can go eat a dick if they try that bullshit on my phone.
     
  15. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    That's what AT&T claimed. Whether it's true or not is another story. Either way, both companies are screwed now. I hope everyone likes Verizon, because they'll have a virtual monopoly within 10 years.
     
  16. Chino Kapone

    Chino Kapone Yo, whats wrong wit da beer we got?

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2005
    Messages:
    16,959
    Likes Received:
    2,196
    I'm on that same plan. Ever since I got my droid, I have been getting a text that says "Your data usage is approaching the top 5% of users. Use wifi to help avoid reduced speed for this billing cycle."

    Fuck you att.
     
  17. Your_Moms_Box

    Your_Moms_Box Free Shit / Socialism 2016

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    5,755
    Likes Received:
    469
    I've had AT&T (when they were cingular), T-mobile, and Verizon is my current carrier.

    I'm grandfathered in to Verizon's unlimited plan and use quite a bit of data and have never been throttled that I can tell.

    Sprint has spotty coverage in my area.

    I loved T-mobile back when I had my sidekick, but again, spotty coverage in my area.. I would go from full signal to none all the time.


    I would never go back to AT&T if for no other reason than they fucked me over becasue I live near the maryland border and I would randomly get baltimore towers and they would charge me a fuck ton back before everything was nationwide.
     
  18. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    It may be a little better now. Dover is one of the few places in Delaware where I get 4G coverage. Even most of Wilmington is only 3G. Where I live now none of the companies get coverage. I have to use wifi calling.
     
  19. Your_Moms_Box

    Your_Moms_Box Free Shit / Socialism 2016

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    5,755
    Likes Received:
    469
    It's 4g with Verizon since November... it is insanely fast...

    I actually paid a $100 fee to leave AT&T and i just don't see ever going back to them.

    Besides, I'm a big android fan, and Verizon gets the better phones it seems.
     
  20. Josh_R

    Josh_R Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Messages:
    5,847
    Likes Received:
    458
    I used to love Verizon, but EVERYONE in my shop had to switch because there is no coverage where I work. It sucks, because my options are limited to Sprint or T-Mobile.
     
  21. Danesy

    Danesy Cute but psycho, it all evens out.

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    28,313
    Likes Received:
    10
    I'm going to Sprint. They are the last of the Unlimited plans.
    I was looking into AT&T today and found out that for text messaging you have to pay an additional 20 bucks along with the 30 dollar data plan. That's 50 dollars on top of the 70 they already want you to pay. Fuck them.
     
  22. Your_Moms_Box

    Your_Moms_Box Free Shit / Socialism 2016

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2004
    Messages:
    5,755
    Likes Received:
    469
    Everyone I know with sprint loves them.

    T-Mobile claims to have unlimited data, but it is throttle/capped at I think 5GB
     
  23. Don the Radio Guy

    Donator

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    69,628
    Likes Received:
    5,082
    Verizon does get the best phones, and their 4G is crazy fast. T-Mobile's 4G is almost as fast in some areas. In others, not so much. Oddly enough, I've gotten much better download speeds in the Philly suburbs than I have in downtown Manhattan. You'd think the biggest city in the country would have better coverage. I will probably make the switch one of these days, but right now Verizon wouldn't be an improvement over T-Mobile, and their customer service is nowhere near as good.
     
  24. Danesy

    Danesy Cute but psycho, it all evens out.

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    Messages:
    28,313
    Likes Received:
    10
    I know a couple of people that have Sprint, they have no issues at all.
    My friend has the EVO, loves it. So I think that's the plan.
    Plus I think I can get an 18% discount because I work for the state.
     
  25. Turfmower

    Turfmower Registered User

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2005
    Messages:
    3,971
    Likes Received:
    473
    Fuck the asshole that uses all the band with throttle his ass so mine doesn't slow down i have 2 gig plan i i never hit the 2 gig cap. Let the fucking loser hipster buy cable so they don't need to watch every thing on their phones.
     

Share This Page