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

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.


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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18 Comments

1. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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

18. Koozini

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

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

2. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

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

3. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 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?

16. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 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

4. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

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

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

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

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

13. Delayshite

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 25, 2017

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

14. Delayshite

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 25, 2017

Carriers*

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

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

15. Delayshite

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 25, 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?

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 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?

11. Delayshite

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1575; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

17. Furbal unregistered

Glad I left them last month.

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