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AT&T Lightening Up On Data Throttling?

Users report that AT&T may be relaxing its choke hold on their data streams.

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AT&T Lightening Up On Data Throttling?
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Earlier this month we brought you news that AT&T had started throttling the data streams of certain smartphone users. Those who had managed to hang onto AT&T’s now-defunct unlimited data plans were reportedly having their connections throttled after 2.1 gigabytes of data usage per month. This practice raised quite a few eyebrows, since those who still have the unlimited data plan actually pay more per month than those who have the company’s more recent 3 GB data plan. Thanks to the throttling, unlimited users were paying more per month for less data than those who have the 3 GB plan.

Now it looks as though AT&T may have relaxed the throttling a bit. According to recent posts in a discussion forum thread on data throttling, several users with previously throttled connections were reporting that their data speeds had returned to normal. One reported that streaming video and music services were now working as they should, and several posted images from the Speedtest.net app that showed decent 3G connection speeds.

It is unclear whether this apparent relaxation is network wide, only in certain markets, or only with certain users. I sent a message to AT&T asking for clarification, but have not yet received a response.

Throttled data users, have you seen any improvement in your data speeds? Does AT&T have any business throttling the connections of customers who pay for unlimited plans in the first place? Sound off in the comments.

AT&T Lightening Up On Data Throttling?
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  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    I think it’s like AT&T is giving out a few more crumbs of cake when you’ve eaten the small piece that they already gave you. What’s a few more crumbs really going to do when all you want is another piece of cake?

  • jason whistle

    I live in NY and it seems that my phone is running better then in the previous month. No test numbers, but netflix is funtioning almost normally after 2 months of buffering.
    I attempt to use as much data as possible in order to raise the bar on the top 5 percent (the more data people use the percentage has to increase) and suggest all unlimited customers do the same.

  • Alex C

    I noticed an increase from a max of 100kbps to about 270kbps on my throttled connection. This should be fast enough to played “streamed” itunes match songs, but my first attempts to do so lead to over 20 starts and stops for a single 3 minute track. This may be due to normal dropped packets I see in this area due to the crappy network. Combine that with the now relaxed throttling and the connection still cannot keep up with a 226kbps track being downloaded/played. If iTunes match continues to perform like this on my “unlimited” plan I’m going to be paying the cancellation fee and going to Straight Talk with my phone. AT&T has now declared war on heavy data users. If AT&T has its way that top 5% can only diminish over time since reduced speeds will not allow users to use less bandwidth month to month and the caps will begin earlier month to month with this sliding scale they have managed to implement. On the other hand, the data users are actually encouraged to hammered their throttled connection as frequently as possible in an attempt to raise that bar for everyone. This is just a ridiculous policy.

  • http://www.iphone4idiots.com iPhone4idiots

    Once I got the text about throttling I decided to switch. My iPhone 4 has been using the $45 unlimited everything plan from Straight Talk and I’m very happy so far. I’m saving a ton of money and the data speeds are the same. Switching was easy. I even did a video about it which you can find on my blog.

    SUCK IT AT&T

  • J Smith

    No letup for my throttled data plan. It has stayed at around 120kbps download speed. Unbelievable. The worst part is it appears totally legal. AT&T says I can still drive on their highway as much as I want, but only going .5 mph.

  • Jim

    ATT has pushed my laaast button.

    Here’s what I did: I had the full-monty U-Verse package, telephone, high-speed Internet, etc., and it was out of contract.

    So, I CANCELED IT. Went to satellite.

    But I KEPT my ATT unlimited data plan, because this shit is going to play out, and I think ATT is going to have to make good. A contract is a contract, and throttling so that smartphones are rendered USELESS violates the spirit and intent of the contract entered into between ATT and me! It frustrates the very PURPOSE for which I entered into the contract. I think it’s simply illegal, and they will end up paying, and I’m keeping my unlimited date plan, despite their efforts to coerce me into their tiered plans. Phuck them!

    IN THE MEANTIME, I bought a cheap docking station, and now instead of streaming Pandora through my WiFi at work, I am now docking my iPhone and streaming Pandora through my iPhone pretty much 24/7, work and home.

    Also, I’m using my new iPad (NOT contracted through ATT … you lost that plan too) for any web surfing I need to do during the day, and now my old trusty iPhone 3G is simply a phone with some apps and KILLER radio. :)

    So, ATT, I’m a power user, one of your best, most loyal customers for years, and you lost my full on U-Verse package, Internet, phone, my iPad contract, AND I’m going to suck your network dry through Pandora for the foreseeable future EVERY CHANCE I GET, 24/7, overt this throttling bullshit.

    You better hope my method doesn’t spread.

  • Jim

    CLEAN VERSION:

    ATT has pushed my laaast button.

    Here’s what I did: I had the full-monty U-Verse package, telephone, high-speed Internet, etc., and it was out of contract.

    So, I CANCELED IT. Went to satellite.

    But I KEPT my ATT unlimited data plan, because this stuff is going to play out, and I think ATT is going to have to make good. A contract is a contract, and throttling so that smartphones are rendered USELESS violates the spirit and intent of the contract entered into between ATT and me! It frustrates the very PURPOSE for which I entered into the contract. I think it’s simply illegal, and they will end up paying, and I’m keeping my unlimited data plan, despite their efforts to coerce me into their tiered plans. Screw ‘em!

    IN THE MEANTIME, I bought a cheap docking station, and now instead of streaming Pandora through my WiFi at work, I am now docking my iPhone and streaming Pandora through my iPhone pretty much 24/7, work and home.

    Also, I’m using my new iPad (NOT contracted through ATT … you lost that plan too) for any private web surfing/emailing I need to do during the day, and now my old trusty iPhone 3G is simply a phone with some apps and KILLER radio. :)

    So, ATT, I’m a power user, one of your best, most loyal customers for years, and you lost my full on U-Verse package, Internet, phone, my iPad contract, AND I’m going to suck your network dry through Pandora for the foreseeable future EVERY CHANCE I GET, 24/7, over this throttling bullXXXX.

    You better hope my method doesn’t spread. If it does, you deserved it!

  • JWH

    I live in DFW and I was using 4-4.6 GB per month. Since I passed 2.3GB I have been throttled. Just did a speed test @ 824AM CST 2/23/2012 .13Mbps down & 1.05Mbps Upload. Before throttling 3.42 down and 1.05 up

  • Easyisle

    I like the spirit of those posting here. I hope a protest can be organized in a big and effective way. All we need and all we have over large corporations like this is the power of the internet. We can effect any change so long as we join together to make it happen.

  • kirk

    Someone took those sleezballs to small claims court and won today here In ca. Suddenly, after four comatose months, I’m getting real speed. “Light speed” in comparison!!! They’re now scared one can assume. Hope it spreads!

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