April 17, 2014

AT&T: About that 2GB data throttling...

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AT&T wants you to know that they do not have any plans in place to throttle data users once they cross a 2GB threshold.  Speaking in an phone interview with the New York Times, AT&T’s Mark Siegel advises that only the heaviest of users are crossing that mark and those are the “top 5 percent” types who may see a slowdown in speed.  What’s more, he advises that even if you do happen to get that high and find yourself among the data hogs, chances are “very good” that you would not be slowed. As Sigel indicates, only 1 percent of the users on their network were impacted by the plan change.

You may recall hearing earlier this week that AT&T had been sending out notifications to their subscribers for data consumption that barely exceeded 2GB. We, like many of you, found it hard to believe that only it only took 2GB to put someone in the top 5 percentile.  In an age of grandfathered unlimited plans and HD video streaming services, it surprises us to hear that it’s not somewhere in the tens of gigabytes per month.

It’s worth pointing out that AT&T will only throttle you (or threaten) if you are on an unlimited plan.  Those of you with bucket plans have nothing to worry about – you can go about your business, consuming more data than those on the grandfathered rate, without worry.

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