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AT&T to throttle data speeds of tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan

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AT&T to throttle data speeds of tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan
AT&T informed its subscribers who have a grandfathered unlimited plan for their tablet, that they will be subject to having their data speeds throttled if they consume more than 22GB of data in a single billing period. The slow down in data speed will occur only when AT&T is experiencing heavy traffic leading to congestion on its network. The carrier sent out email to its grandfathered unlimited tablet customers warning them that the new rules take effect starting on May 24th.

Essentially, this means that AT&T's tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan have the same restrictions as do those with a new smartphone unlimited plan. The nation's second largest carrier starting offering unlimited service in February, and those subscribers are also open to having their data speeds throttled if they use more than 22GB of data during their billing month.

AT&T got the go ahead to throttle grandfathered unlimited accounts when a lawsuit filed against the carrier by the FTC in 2014 was dismissed last year. The FTC charged AT&T with using deceptive practices by not revealing to its customers that they would be open to having their data speeds reduced sharply if they went over a certain data cap.

Starting May 24th, those using a grandfathered unlimited tablet plan will be subject to throttling if they use more than 22GB of data in a single month

Starting May 24th, those using a grandfathered unlimited tablet plan will be subject to throttling if they use more than 22GB of data in a single month


AT&T started offering unlimited data for tablets back in 2010, following the launch of the Apple iPad. Eventually, AT&T put a data cap in place, but allowed those with unlimited plans to keep them as long as they paid for the service each month. As it turns out, grandfathered unlimited service is costing these tablet owners $29.99 a month for service.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 29 Apr 2017, 02:14

1. WPX00 (Posts: 445; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


To be totally fair, $30 is really cheap for unlimited.

posted on 01 May 2017, 14:33

18. Koozini (Posts: 6; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)


T-mobile has unlimited 4G Plan for tablets, 20 a month

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 04:49

2. Mr.Pussy (Posts: 75; Member since: 16 Feb 2017)


AT&T can go to hell. I am hoping to get out of their service soon.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 04:56 1

3. Greenmule (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Apr 2017)


seems odd that AT&T is bleeding post-paid customers yet needs to throttle data on tablet users.

how many tablet users can there be? tablets are passe, correct?

all of the sudden, at&t needs capacity and they transmit on 6 bands, what's up?

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 15:28

16. djcody (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


what if many of that tablets are set like hot spots access for another 3-5 devices?? you know some people just to like take much they can any possible way

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 07:14 1

4. STRANG3R (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Sep 2015)


We in india 5$ for unlimited 4G data plan with unlimited calls and texts , 30$ is too much for 22gb of data.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 08:45

6. sissy246 (Posts: 3518; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Well for you yes, here in the US $30 is not bad.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 11:29

7. zunaidahmed (Posts: 970; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Since when did India have unlimited Data plan? Last time I checked, they only had unlimited text, phone but limited data

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 13:01

10. Bernoulli (Posts: 4295; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I can see that, here we make anywhere from 10-50$ an hour in a part time job so I can see the proportion happen, how much in rupees do you make?

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 13:05

11. Delayshite (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2017)


Unlimited? If you're talking about Jio/Airtel/BSNL plans that cap per day consumption at 1or 2 GB per day, that isn't unlimited 4G data is it? It slows down to 2G speeds for the rest of the day. The only truly unlimited cellular data plan that we have is the 1099 plan that has absolutely no restrictions except for the fact that it's 3G and not 4G.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 13:10 1

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13516; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Well I think if you buy a device directly from a carrier that needs data access, since yo7 bought th3 item from them, you shouldn't have to pay extra for data. It should be included if you are making monthly payments.

When you device is paid for, if you upgrade to a new device, your data will co time to be included.

If you don't upgrade, you pay a small monthly fee to continue to have service.

If you bring your own tablet, again you pay a small monthly fee for service.

AT&T and VZW both have enough subscribers to not charge extra for data.

If the FCC was in bed with carrier's we would have one band and no data rates at all.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:14 1

13. Delayshite (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2017)


We don't buy devices from carriers. Careers in India do not play the middleman between manufacturers and consumers.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:14

14. Delayshite (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2017)


Carriers*

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 14:16

15. Delayshite (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2017)


We don't have unlimited text either. SMS is capped to 200 texts per day since the TRAI directive a few years ago no?

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 08:40 1

5. jeroome86 (Posts: 1847; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lawsuit dissmissed? Glad they didn't go back to the 5 gig throttle limit. Stop giving these carriers too much control. I mean I can't use my phone for a hot spot without changing plans. My data. Phone has feature. Should be able to use it. Good grief.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 12:08

8. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3826; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


http://goodmorninggeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Screen-shot-2010-06-08-at-5.59.36-PM.png

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 12:28 1

9. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


I'm at 98Gb data used on Verizon and haven't been throttled yet, still download over 50MB/s.

Love living in a rural place where there isn't tower congestion.

posted on 29 Apr 2017, 18:16

17. Furbal (unregistered)


Glad I left them last month.

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