Re: ATT throttles unlimited account when data usage is only 1.5Gb
12-09-2011 07:16:17 AM
I just got the same text message and I'm in day 23 of my billing cycle and am only at 2 gigs on my UN-LIMITED data plan. I find it hard to beleve that I'm in the top 5%. Really makes me want to change carriers.
Why do you find it hard to believe that at 2GB of usage you are in the top 5% of data users? AT&T stated when they switched to the tiered data plans that 95% of users would easily fit into one of the tiered plans with no additional charges. So it seems pretty straightforward that if you use 2GB that you would likely be in that top 5%.
I would be shocked if 2GB was the top 5% of unlimited users. There's no reason they should throttle you under 2GB when you're paying $30/month, whereas $25 buys you 2GB on tiered.
They should at least give you $30 worth of data (2.5GB) before they start throttling. That's my opinion.
It's clear that they are trying to force the attrition of unlimited users. As people abandon unlimited the top 5% will continually go down until even 200kb will be considered top 5%.
Well, I'll hold out until then.
Of course they are trying to get unlimited users to switch to one of the metered plans. I hadn't realized that there was any doubt about that. Why wouldn't they?
LOL--while they're at it, maybe they should get folks still on the $10/1000 text plan to switch over to the $20/unlimited text plan. Heck, why stop there--they might as well get folks still on grandfathered voice plans to switch over to the current individual/family plans. Because as we all know, the main reason AT&T would like to get unlimited folks to switch over to tiered has very little to do with bandwidth and more to do with profitability; not that there's anything wrong with trying to maximize profit, but if anyone really believes that AT&T implemented throttling simply because of bandwidth issues--well then some of these folks should stop arguing about how certain other users are hogging all the bandwidth when they themselves are constantly proclaming about how they have no issues with data speeds/throughput when they use their phones...it makes their argument come across as laughable, at best.