300MB of data is for use in the U.S. If 300MB is exceeded, an additional 300MB is automatically provided at a rate of $20 for each additional 300MB.
watch Jane Foody, who signed up for an "unlimited" data plan with AT&T, talking about her petition on Change.org, which asks AT&T to give her the unlimited data usage she's paying for, recorded from Yonkers, NY, on March 2, 2012, at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUfGTIixOlc&list=UUbG7WtNHM92KLviPKzb2gbA&index=1&feature=plcp
Do what I did. Tell them all to STUFF IT! No data plan, no instant messaging, no picture transfers, no monthly SELLphone plan, no charges they refuse to explain on every bill, nada......Buy a pay-as-you-go prepaid that's ONLY a phone so noone can message it to death. Best one we found was Page Plus Cellular. The $80 PIN costs about $75 discounted from places like Callingmart. Their timer starts when you enter the PIN and expires in 360 days. The less you use it, the more you save! No monthly cellphone bill loaded up with $20 in addon fees, no nonsense and only 50 cents/month admin. Nothing's cheaper. Operates nationwide on Verizon/Alltel's megasystem. When you renew by entering next year's PIN before your last day of service, any unused amount ROLLS OVER, is not stolen. Works great. Paying these theives $100/month is CRAZY! My PP old Motorola Alltel Z6m works great where a brand new iPhone on ATT can't even find a signal.
Free internet is all over the place in any city big enough to have a motel and a diner. Why pay for it??
No, I'm a customer and this is NOT spam. I get nothing from PP except great service for 4c/min with no funny business.
"So why would AT&T want unlimited users to move to tiered pricing when its maximum tier is also set at 3GB?"
AT&T's maximum data tier is 5GB for $50, not 3GB for $30.
Also, AT&T is a horrible company with terrible customer service and policies.
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How can they even be called "unlimited" if they are capped and throttled?
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It's a rip-off. I think that if you do business with them, you're getting the shaft. It's the same for most cellular service companies too.
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Great article guys. I fear what is to come with bandwidth limitations and throttling in general. We just configured a Verizon MIFI device to feed a customers network last month. They signed a lease in a building where the owners failed to disclose the inability to secure affordable broadband internet. They had hoped to keep the cost below the current price of 2 bonded T1's. While the speed was decent and reliability was pretty good, the first months bill was the same price as the monthly cost of the two T1's.
It would be nice to consider wireless data as a viable option for customers in this situation, but with the current cost of data plans and the lack of unlimited data makes it cost prohibitive fore small business.
On a personal note, I usually hit 5-6 GB per month on my ATT "unlimited" plan. I haven't noticed any issues with throttling yet. I'll report back if I get choked by the internet gods.
If this was true, then why am I being throttled at 1.5Gb ??
Great insight, GWilmeth. Thanks for sharing. Would definitely like to hear more on your experiences in this area.
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AT&T proves over and over again that they're just a bad company. I mean they're trying all that they can to scare customers into plans that they think will make money for them; and the worst part is that they try to justify it by saying it's for the network when the truth is they have all of the spectrum they can have and they're just sitting on that spectrum as we speak. Only reason why AT&T is popular is because they have the iPhone; but even with that more people are leaving AT&T then ever before because you can get now get the iPhone on Verizon or even Sprint; if they didn't have the iPhone then they would be in the same place "as cingular" they were in years before, popular but not super popular. I have never dealed with AT&T and I don't plan to in the near future, not when there are way better mobile providers out there; if I plan to get a cellphone of course.
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When did the $15/mo 250MB plan disappear?
The pricing structure I see for my iPhone 4 is:
$20/mo for 300MB
$25/mo for 2GB
$30/mo for 3GB
$50/mo for 5GB that includes tethering
However, there is note that says if I switch from the 2GB plan I won't be able to switch back. It seems like they're constantly changing things without any type of realistic notification to customers.
get developers to write apps that sip data rather than slurp it. Some apps i find that even if you have them not set to auto update in the background still use a ton of data the second you open them. I mean does an RSS reader have to update all your feeds when you open it or just each feed as you go into it?
Second month in a row I am being throttled at 2GB. I usually use about 4GB. Bastards. Been with them since 2005 because of the iPhones but I am SO SICK AND TIRED OF THIS CRAP COMPANY. Returned my 4s just because I didnt want to get stuck with 2 more years. In June I will be rid of them and will be moving to Sprint (love the actual unlimited option) or Verizon (wife gets discount at work and best reception in Baltimore).
The company has issued a statement clarifying this policy after irate customers with unlimited data plans demanded to know what the cap was and how the company determined who should and shouldn't be throttled.
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