AT&T raises high-speed data cap on grandfathered unlimited data users to 22GB from 5GB

AT&T raises high-speed data cap on grandfathered unlimited data users to 22GB from 5GB
Some smartphone users still don't quite grab the concept of unlimited data. They are told that the new plan they are signing up for offers unlimited data, but there is still a cap on the amount of data they can use. That is because depending on the provider, only a portion of the data is promised to the subscriber at 4G LTE speed. Once that high-speed cap is breached, the subscriber is browsing the information superhighway at Model-T speed (2G).

AT&T announced on its website today that those grandfathered into its Unlimited Data plans, will now face being throttled after consuming 22GB of data. Previously,  just 5GB of data usage on the Unlimited Plan could have left an AT&T subscriber throttled. Keep in mind that with AT&T, throttling takes affect only in areas that are "congested." The carrier will send out an alert to those who have used 75% of the 22GB cap (16.5GB) to warn them.

If you want to save on your data usage, one of the easiest ways is to make sure that when you are home or away, you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. In fact, many stores and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi service. It doesn't take terribly long to check for a Wi-Fi connection on your phone or tablet whether you're at home, or out. It is well worth the effort to check.

source: AT&T via AndroidGuys



1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Good to hear. I'm hanging on to it then.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

This feels like good news, I dont usually go over 5GB in a month (rarely hit 7GB) so I dont get into "may throttle my speed" area, but this does tell me that AT&T isnt getting rid of my ability to renew my Unlimited Plan anytime soon.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2079; Member since: May 26, 2011

Damn it i knew i should have kept mine

2. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Still screwed up. Unlimited should be unlimited.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And for the people who abuse data and use 600GB+ a month?

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


14. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

For the company to not allow it from the very beginning and not illegal throttle data? Unlimited is unlimited. What's confusing? Stop defending companies that make billions of dollars for doing something stupid on their part.

17. willard12 unregistered

It's not defending the company. The company is just going to pass along the cost to everyone else. They're going to figure out how to make billions either way. They can charge the people who use their cell phones as broadband because they don't want to buy home internet. Or, they can just make everyone pay.

18. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

This is where you are wrong. They can't simply pass down those costs due to fierce mobile carrier competition. Other carriers have never throttled under unlimited plans and charge less than ATT.

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

22gb, huh? The same as T-Mobile...might as well have one-upped them and done 23gb.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

They did. T-Mobile deprioritizes you in congested areas at 21GB, not 22.

5. Gorilla

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Yh, I will always check at home to confirm my WiFi connection is fine while I am at home browsing this site

6. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

AT&T should change their name to AppleMobile

7. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Wow it's amazing how America is the richest country in the world yet have some of the worst internet in the modern world. In UK I pay £20($31) for truly unlimited 25mbps 4G, and it really is unlimited too and they won't even throttle the speed if I use a lot of data.

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

China Is The Richest Country But America Is Second. I Agree We Should Have Faster Internet At Better Prices With No Cap.

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes they are, they are living large in their villages.

20. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

China is not the richest country...

23. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

China is the second wealthiest country, it's GDP is still smaller, by far, than that of the United States. China has only passed the United States in CO2 emissions and nothing else, except perhaps various kinds of cancer, abandonment of newborn babies, workplace accidents and suicides, suicides in general. Probably several other really undesirable things as well...

24. syed_itsa

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

NO comparison between USA and China. China is 4 times bigger in than USA in population and has most subscriber in the world. In USA I am living in area where I don't have better Wireless coverage. I don't know Why USA is more concern about data Even most cities still don't have internet .

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exactly, 3's unlimited 4G with 1000GB fair usage policy & 25GB to use at international destinations is only $26USB/£17

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Definitely jealous of your phone data prices, but how much do you pay for gas (petrol)? We could go back and forth all day with this.:P

22. deejay52420

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Just Hilarious

8. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

makes no sense wifi also costs so you really have to pay your cell phone bill and pay for wifi no sense

12. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

that's not enough for me and that's why l left for Tmobile. 70-100gb a month is what I average with Tmobile.:)

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Poor US Citizens :C

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