Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Feb 13, 2012.
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.
at least for now the "U" word holds true
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.
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.
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.
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.
Funny you mention that. The T-Mobile merger would have probably prevented this. Or more accurately, put it off for a while.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone I know with sprint loves them.
T-Mobile claims to have unlimited data, but it is throttle/capped at I think 5GB
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.
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.
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.