AT&T data usage doubles every year
0. phoneArena 14 Feb 2012, 21:22 posted on
Over the past five years, growth in data usage over AT&T's network has been a staggering 20,000% and the company's Senior Executive VP, John Donovan, puts the blame on the amazing growth in smartphone usage; over the past 5 years AT&T has spent $95 billion trying to improve its wireless infrastructure...
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1. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
This article is just a long list of reasons why Ill never be on at&t.
2. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Just another way to get more money from their customers. This should be investigated as the person isn't even anywhere near the average 5gb limit. I can see this being a huge problem with all carriers , maybe not now but it will soon be a hand full.
3. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
All that growth and none of it's profits went to infrastructure that would of prevented the massive crippling that all that data usage caused.
4. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
"There’s a very good chance you wouldn’t be slowed."
Customer: Why did you throttled me? I thought you said it wouldn't happen?
AT&T: Reporters must have misheard us...you know "can, can't, would wouldn't"..whoopsie.
5. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
So so so happy I finally broke free of AT&T's crappy network coverage, crappy customer service, and crappy HSPA speeds. What good is their new LTE network if I can never use it?
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I don't know why I stayed with them so long..
6. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I said it before, ATT is bandwidth constrained. Data usage is in increasing exponentially due to smartphones and tablets and mobile hot spots. There isn't enough bandwidth and with limited supply, you can expect ATT to continue to raise their fees.
I was an ATT customer with the original Moto Razr (the flip phone); too many dropped calls and I never went back.
7. JC557 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
This is why I'm a bit understanding with the somewhat higher cost of Verizon (though they should never get away with nickel and diming) as they at least make timely fixes or improvements to their network that is also being shared with Sprint and some regional carriers.
I accept T-Mobile's and Sprint's relative lack of coverage due to their reasonable pricing but AT&T has no excuse which is why I dropped them a few years back.
8. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
ATT is not going to be the number two carrier for long imo.
how awesome would it be if Tmobile got the ok to buy out ATT after they got shut down? :D
9. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Really? Who do you think will take over the #2 slot? Tmo? Just so you're aware.... Tmo uses alot of AT&T's towers because they don't have all their own. If you combined Sprint AND Tmo, you still wouldn't be close to AT&T. Verizon/AT&T are so far ahead of the others that they'll never be able to fully compete on the same scale. They've been entrenched in this industry since the telephone was invented!
And alot of you dropped AT&T along time ago. In my area their service quality has improved 200%. I get the same coverage as Verizon. And they ARE making infrastructure improvements. The guy just stated they made 150,000 network enhancements in 2011. That alot! Overall they get the best phones, they have very comparable coverage to Verizon (except if you live out in the sticks), and when their LTE network is complete they'll have the best up & running network available with HSPA+/LTE. In alot of places I get faster speeds on AT&T's HSPA+ than my friends do on Verizons' LTE! So I don't know WHAT you people are talking about. Either you have no idea and are just hopping on the anti-AT&T bandwagon, you experienced their bad service before they changed to Cingular and think it's still the same, or you live in a very rural area that they really don't service. So obviously you people are in the minority if 9 million NEW people just signed up. And AT&T is obviously STILL the place that iPhone users flock to, despite it being available on 3 of the 4 carriers.
11. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
> In my area their service quality has improved 200%.
I am happy for you. Unfortunately, based on Consumer Reports, ATT still has crappy service for most of their customers when compared againt major wireless carriers, respectively.
12. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
I've sold ATT and Tmobile for a while...i'm well aware of what towers and technology they use. Their customer service is awful and they flat out lie to you on the phone (even to reps).
The only reason they're still number two and will stay that way for a while is because they already have the network established. However all it takes is time...
i'm glad you were able to detect my sarcasm in my first posting.
" I get the same coverage as Verizon."
this is relative and you cant compare apples to oranges (CDMA vs GSM...hell even LTE vs LTE wont be the same). Secondly, they are not the same in coverage of this I assure you. You may get the same coverage as Verizon where YOU travel, but the rest of the US would beg to differ. I sold it for a little over 3 years side by side with Verizon...they are NOT the same
"The guy just stated they made 150,000 network enhancements in 2011. That alot! Overall they get the best phones..."
again this is relative, however I dont believe I saw an ATT phone on 'best phone of the year' award, which would factually indicate that you sir are mistaken based on a majority opinion. Secondly their 150,000 network enhancements they are making would still include their 3g network. Verizon is putting 0 dollars into their 3g network and pouring it straight into their LTE. Lastly, GSM does not span as far as CDMA, so when they used to have the slogan "we have more towers than Verizon" that was simply because if the technology doesnt span as far you have to put up more towers to compensate for it.
Being spoon fed from "the guy" doesnt help your case...
" In alot of places I get faster speeds on AT&T's HSPA+ than my friends do on Verizons' LTE! So I don't know WHAT you people are talking about."
I actually dont know what YOU are talking about. I have a 4g LTE phone and often times get 25 meg down and have done side by sides with ATT HSPA and smoked it every time. There are a lot of variables here that you are missing...
" Either you have no idea and are just hopping on the anti-AT&T bandwagon"
I clearly do have an idea, as i'm very well educated in cellphones and its technologies. ATT sucks and will continue to suck because i'm not going to pay comparable pricing to Verizon and deal with their customer service as a rep or as a customer.
you are clearly an idiot that got a few thumbs up for ATT fanboys
10. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 207; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
haha. that would be awesome if Sprint had a serious come back and overtook ATT
13. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
they are talking about using the 800 megahrtz network to expand their voice calling (as 800 spans further than most frequencies from what i remember). I'm very interested to see what Sprint can do. I would love for them to bring my Verizon pricing down ;)