AT&T to throttle data speeds of tablet users with a grandfathered unlimited plan
by Alan Friedman / Apr 29, 2017, 1:09 AM
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.
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To be totally fair, $30 is really cheap for unlimited.
posted on Apr 29, 2017, 2:14 AM 0
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seems odd that AT&T is bleeding post-paid customers yet needs to throttle data on tablet users. how many tablet users can there be? tablets are passe, correct? all of the sudden, at&t needs capacity and they transmit on 6 bands, what's up?
posted on Apr 29, 2017, 4:56 AM 1
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We in india 5$ for unlimited 4G data plan with unlimited calls and texts , 30$ is too much for 22gb of data.
posted on Apr 29, 2017, 7:14 AM 1
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Well for you yes, here in the US $30 is not bad.
posted on Apr 29, 2017, 8:45 AM 0
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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 Apr 29, 2017, 1:10 PM 1
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Since when did India have unlimited Data plan? Last time I checked, they only had unlimited text, phone but limited data
posted on Apr 29, 2017, 11:29 AM 0
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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 Apr 29, 2017, 1:05 PM 0
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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 Apr 29, 2017, 8:40 AM 1
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posted on Apr 29, 2017, 12:08 PM 0
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