ATT - WTF ?

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  1. earthdragon

    earthdragon Senior member

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    Just received this Gem from 'Bastards Incorporated' aka ATT.
    What is the point of having an unlimited package?...

    Like other wireless companies, AT&T is taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. We're responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire more network capacity.

    As mentioned on a previous bill, we're also taking additional, more immediate steps to help address network congestion and improve reliability. One of these steps involves a change for some customers who use extraordinarily large amounts of data in a single billing period - about 12 times more data than the average smartphone user.

    For the current billing cycle, your data usage indicates you could be affected by this change. Here's how it works:

    Smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle.

    We're writing because you are in the top 5 percent of heaviest data users for this billing cycle. Because we recognize that data usage can change from month to month, you will not see reduced speeds this billing cycle.

    Beginning with your next billing cycle, we'll send you a text message if you are approaching the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. We'll also send you a second text message if you cross into the top 5 percent of heaviest users, at which point you may see reduced speeds for the rest of the month.
     
  2. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    how much data are you using?
     
  3. NaTionS

    NaTionS Senior member

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    It's been going on for a few weeks now. If you're one of the top data users in your area they throttle you to ~EDGE speed.
     
  4. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    :lurk:
     
  5. earthdragon

    earthdragon Senior member

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    378,931 Last Month...
     
  6. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    BrianVarick Senior member

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    My wife has been using her iphone for the last 3 months and has only used 500mb's.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    wtf!
     
  9. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    How?

    The biggest data package you can get around here is 20gb.
     
  10. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    Often I think problem lies with people not fully understanding the carriers' and ISPs' usage of the word unlimited, e.g. Umlimited data*...note the asterisk "*", read the small print. Things like data allowances, fair usage policies, bandwidth throttling etc.

    I get the impression from comments on tech blogs and forums that 'Bastards Incorporated' aka AT&T are particularly notorious for this.
     
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  11. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

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    No, seriously, how are you doing this?

    I feel like constantly running netflix would not even achieve this feat.

    What are you doing with your phone?
     
  12. commedesformes

    commedesformes Well-Known Member

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    streaming lots of hd pr0n
     
  13. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    this is clearly an issue of the top 5% using 45% of all resources while paying marginally higher data usage fees than the 95%
     
  14. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I suspect that's 3.7 GB
     
  15. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    Can't be 3.7; that's way too low to be the top 5%. Maybe 37 gigs.. But I'm hoping he used 378 gigs.
     

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