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250 gB data limit for at&t?

hi, I am considering switching from Charter Communications to AT&T for internet. While i was searching Google, i came across an article that says that there is a 250 GB limit for internet. Is that true? I am a PC gamer that used 509 GB of internet last month. I did a lot of filesharing through bittorrent (324 GB) not illegal stuff, just the battlefield 4 17 minute video and daemon tools lite, along with some creative commons music shared free online by the artists, for example, dj shadow. which was the majority, and the other data was from watching 1080p gameplay videos and uploading my own gameplay videos. On charter's terms and conditions, it says 100 GB max, but everyone knows that the terms and conditions are from 2007, which need to be updated. Charter has stated in their terms and conditions that it is 250 GB max, but they have not called me nor warned me once, i guess because charter is okay with people going over 250 GB and none of my other fellow PC gamers that also have charter that go way over the limit, they have not been called by Charter once? Charter is getting a bit more expensive after 12 months, so i am thinking of changing companies. How does AT&T treat customers that go over 250 gB? Does AT&T not care, or does the worst case scenario occur and i suddenly find a huge bill coming to me? When i asked Charter about the limit all they said was not to worry about it, and i was ok

 

also for your gigabytes do you use binary system of measurement or easier system of measurement (1024 mB=1 gB or 1000 mB=1 gB)

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I think this is what you're looking for:

 

How much data is included in my AT&T Internet service?

If you get AT&T Highspeed Internet (ADSL) there is an enforced 150 GB cap, although they'll usually give you a warning on first couple of infractions, and then $10 per 50 GB over the cap.

 

If you get Uverse Internet (ADSL2/2+ or VDSL) there is a 250 GB cap, which at this point in time is not being enforced, although, because it's already in the Terms of Service, they could start enforcing it at any time, with the same warning scenario described above.

 

 

 




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tojumikie,

 

     Here is some information on ATT's broadband usage that should help you out.

 

Broadband Usage FAQs

 

 

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oh no extra 10 dollar for every 50 gB over the limit? thanks, but i will stick to my existing internet service provider.

 

thanks for a quick reply, i appreciate it.

 

do you have any high bandwidth options though since i would be considered a high-traffic user?

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I think this is what you're looking for:

 

How much data is included in my AT&T Internet service?

If you get AT&T Highspeed Internet (ADSL) there is an enforced 150 GB cap, although they'll usually give you a warning on first couple of infractions, and then $10 per 50 GB over the cap.

 

If you get Uverse Internet (ADSL2/2+ or VDSL) there is a 250 GB cap, which at this point in time is not being enforced, although, because it's already in the Terms of Service, they could start enforcing it at any time, with the same warning scenario described above.

 

 

 




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thanks i'll think about this a little longer.

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yes there is a 250gb limit if you have U-verse and will be billed $10 for every 50gb you use over your 250gb cap

also there is a 150gb limit if you have DSL and will also be billed $10 for every 50gb you use over your 150gb cap

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Do yourself a favor and just stick with what you have.

AT&T is a terrible company and will not even make an attempt to fix the service that they sell that is not working properly.

My average D/L speeds from 4PM until 12AM are well under 350K  and get as low as 28K, since AT&T is the only provider I can get internet service from, and the fact that they know that gives them free reign to tell me "If you don't like it you can cancel, we are not going to do anything to fix you DSL service, our focus is on UVerse now"

 

You can see the eveidence posted by me a few threads down, completely untouched by AT&T, they won't even acknowledge it publicly.

 

If you are still considering it you need to do some searches about the D/L caps they impose and the 'fuzzy' math they use to calculate.

 

 

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jeff3558 wrote:

Do yourself a favor and just stick with what you have.

AT&T is a terrible company and will not even make an attempt to fix the service that they sell that is not working properly.

My average D/L speeds from 4PM until 12AM are well under 350K  and get as low as 28K, since AT&T is the only provider I can get internet service from, and the fact that they know that gives them free reign to tell me "If you don't like it you can cancel, we are not going to do anything to fix you DSL service, our focus is on UVerse now"

 

You can see the eveidence posted by me a few threads down, completely untouched by AT&T, they won't even acknowledge it publicly.

 

If you are still considering it you need to do some searches about the D/L caps they impose and the 'fuzzy' math they use to calculate.

 

 


 

 

You could always get 3G/4G/LTE or satellite service from Hughes or Dish.

 

 

 




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Computer-Joe wrote:

 

You could always get 3G/4G/LTE or satellite service from Hughes or Dish.

 


 

Actually I can't get satellite service.

 

3G,4G or LTE maybe but at an extreme cost for more than just the lightest use. How about I'll just stick with what I have and the dirtbags at AT&T make it work properly.

 

You know what though. AT&T could make the service work like it should, like it had been working  until they changed something. Whatever has happened has been something that AT&T did, either in the (over?) consolidation of the cabinets as other U-verse builds were brought online, or they hacked off too much bandwidth.

It is industry standard to oversubscribe the service, but as you have fewer users that X amount of bandwidth is allocated for as the number of maximum users continues to decrease the ratio of bandwidth that needs to be allocated must be increased to prevent extreme decay in speeds during peak times.

 

I don't care about your badge or your status on these boards, you are a 'fan boi' of AT&T. You do not know the situation I am in, you either have not looked at my thread or simply have not commented in it, either way I really couldn't care less.

 

Within the rules of the board I will tell other people just exactly what to expect from AT&T, when a company tells a customer of 20 years - "If you continue to complain and have tickets opened on this we will declare your residence unserviceable then terminate and deny you service" there is a big red flag.

Slowdown and congestion during peak hours is normal and to be expected, getting speeds of 56K even 28K on the worst nights for HOURS on end is not slowdown. It is not acceptable under and circumtance to allow the service like this to continue knowingly and AT&T is doing just that.

 

 

 

 

I have AT&T cell service too and the coverage in my area is terrible there are dead spots all over the place, or the cell tower is extremely overloaded, my guess is the former. I can be sitting on my couch, on my back porch and have one bar adjust myself ever so slightly and immediately have a full strength signal.

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To Jeff3558:

 

OK....I'll give this a try.

 

Don't know what kind...or how densely populated your neighborhood is...  But we had a similar problem with evening-time slow downs and I solved it easily:

 

In our neighborhood.....with very large number of U-verse & ATT DSL subscribers....the rather narrow 2.4 gigaHertz Wi-Fi band was simply overloaded.  Folks would come home....grab a bite of supper and hit the Internet.  Our 18 mbps service would grind down to, sometimes, less than 1 mbps.  Sometime's my wife's iPad would just yell "uncle" and just refuse to download anything.

 

I went to the store....purchased a NetGear Dual Band router....connected it to the RG via Ethernet.....turned off the Wi-Fi in the RG.....and switched our entire home network over to the 5 gHz Wi-Fi band.  The NetGear system practically sets itself up if one just follows the simple instructions.  Now her iPad....iPhone....my Android phone....laptop....and desktop are all on the higher frequency band.  By running the Innsider program I now know that we are the only household in the neighborhood using this band.  When neighbors complain about their slow speeds in the evening....I clam up. (not very nice, huh).

 

Since the original switch over....I have had our DVR moved back to the computer room....right next to the RG and the STB that was back there is now in our living room in the center of the house.  The dual band router has been moved to the living room also and is connected to the system through the data port on the back of that STB.  It all works perfectly.  We have coverage all over the house.  Our printer is low band only but it is served adequately by the dual band router which operates simultaneously on both bands all the time.  Everything else is on 5 gHz.  We now can run tests anytime of the day or night and see download speeds of 16.5 to 17.5 mbps.....very close to what we're paying for.

 

Now I don't know if this could be your problem.  But it sure might be.  A given amount of bandwidth can handle only so much crowding before things start to go to pot.    This has worked just great for us.  Why don't you give it a try?  The NetGear N600 dual band router retails for about $79.95.   Most stores will accept a return if it does not work for you.

 

As for wireless phone signals....

Don't know what make of phone you have...but when I got rid of my darn Samsung Solstice II and bought a Motorola Atrix HD my signal strengths went up and THAT was the end of the dropped calls and calls that would not even ring through.

 

That's my piece.  Take it or leave it.

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Don't know what kind...or how densely populated your neighborhood is...  But we had a similar problem with evening-time slow downs and I solved it easily:

 

In our neighborhood.....with very large number of U-verse & ATT DSL subscribers....the rather narrow 2.4 gigaHertz Wi-Fi band was simply overloaded.  Folks would come home....grab a bite of supper and hit the Internet.  Our 18 mbps service would grind down to, sometimes, less than 1 mbps.  Sometime's my wife's iPad would just yell "uncle" and just refuse to download anything.

 

I went to the store....purchased a NetGear Dual Band router....connected it to the RG via Ethernet.....turned off the Wi-Fi in the RG.....and switched our entire home network over to the 5 gHz Wi-Fi band.  The NetGear system practically sets itself up if one just follows the simple instructions.  Now her iPad....iPhone....my Android phone....laptop....and desktop are all on the higher frequency band.  By running the Innsider program I now know that we are the only household in the neighborhood using this band.  When neighbors complain about their slow speeds in the evening....I clam up. (not very nice, huh).


 

Well seeing as how I am directly wired it has nothing to do with it.

 

 

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jeff3558 wrote:

hpmsrm wrote:

Don't know what kind...or how densely populated your neighborhood is...  But we had a similar problem with evening-time slow downs and I solved it easily:

 

In our neighborhood.....with very large number of U-verse & ATT DSL subscribers....the rather narrow 2.4 gigaHertz Wi-Fi band was simply overloaded.  Folks would come home....grab a bite of supper and hit the Internet.  Our 18 mbps service would grind down to, sometimes, less than 1 mbps.  Sometime's my wife's iPad would just yell "uncle" and just refuse to download anything.

 

I went to the store....purchased a NetGear Dual Band router....connected it to the RG via Ethernet.....turned off the Wi-Fi in the RG.....and switched our entire home network over to the 5 gHz Wi-Fi band.  The NetGear system practically sets itself up if one just follows the simple instructions.  Now her iPad....iPhone....my Android phone....laptop....and desktop are all on the higher frequency band.  By running the Innsider program I now know that we are the only household in the neighborhood using this band.  When neighbors complain about their slow speeds in the evening....I clam up. (not very nice, huh).


 

Well seeing as how I am directly wired it has nothing to do with it.

 

 


You're right. :smileysad:

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Are the even enforcing it? When I had DSL they couldn't even get the meter to work right if at all.

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ATT bills us $10.00 for each 0 to 1 Gbyte over the 1st 5G used in 30 days.($50.00 minimum for the 1st 5G)  

We were okay with that because we rarely used over 5G.so we signed up.

PROBLEM: The Gbytes are accumulating faster than what we are using!  We don't watch videos or download big files.  We receive and send a few emails, and Google for info, and go to FB.  but we are racking up G-bytes over 3 times the amount we ever did with our Sprint W-Fi .  The service is a bit faster (12-50 MB/sec) but we aren't using it any more.  When I compare the total bytes sent & received in a session on the only computer in use, the ATT Wi-Fi usage meter shows up to 10 times the actual total used. 

Our new billing cycle started at midnight.  I turned on the WiFi then my computer.  I have received 3 emails incuding the one to activate this forum, and looked around this website.  The Unite meter has gone from 0 to to.21 G already (210MB)!  The computer shows less than 45MB sent & received.


(We also have a wireless base ATT home phone w/o internet that is added to our bill.)  

Unite usage meter billing scam?

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They do enforce, and when it happens it will hit you like a brick, because its a cap set at 2005 usage patterns or worse.

 

These days people buy all their games off services like steam, just a halloween update for team fortress 2 for instance has been over 600mb+ already alone, if you had two pc's with that game good god.

 

The 150gb cap is ridiculous, and even the "unenforced" u-verse one is unreasonable, they set it arbitrarily and in the future when people start streaming more 1080p content and totally live on the cloud and worse, then they will clamp down...and your time will be wasted as you scramble to find alternative providers.

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so let me get this straight so I myself can do or suggest this solution whenever I receive the customers call about issue. just change the mghz in netgear router? is it only w that specific router netgear? because I have noticed that option in other modems 2wire,netgear7550,pace411n I WOULD DEF LOVE TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION HERE PROVIDED whenever i get that angry customer again. please let me know thanx! KUDOS!

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I have no knowledge of this.

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I was considering switching from Cox Communications to AT&T U-Verse, but not after reading the paltry sum of 250 GB allocated per month per account.  Cox provides me with more bandwidth and if I pay an extra $12/month I'll not only get 50 more GBs, but I'll also get 100 Mbit/sec throughput.

Dear AT&T, please note, the way to woo me over from Cox is to provide me with a higher cap, I don't need faster, and you can't beat cable on speed, but you could win on raising your cap.  EVERYONE is watching movies, TV episodes, social networks, photo uploads and downloads, (legally) sharing Indie music, playing online video-games, downloading apps, downloading extra video game content, etc.  Get with the times and increase your Cap.

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Why increase a 250GB cap that is not being enforced?
Enforced caps are wireless cell phones, 4G LTE wireless services and DSL (150GB)
Uverse has not seen enforcement since cap introduction.
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Comcast is unlimited

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the cap is enforced. I have been hit with ovrages in the tune of $10, $20, AND $30.

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jamijuneevans wrote:

the cap is enforced. I have been hit with ovrages in the tune of $10, $20, AND $30.


 

If you have Uverse, you're the only person I've heard of that they enforced the cap on. You must really be blowing the doors off that 250GB limit.

 

 

 

 

 




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They have not been enforcing the limits yet, they have only been threatening for a couple of months. I am guessing they are serious and we are going to start seeing these charges starting in January.

 

I really hope they would reconsider this limit. I understand that they want to extract more money for the same (or inferior) service, we all do, but this is the wrong way to go about this.

 

But of course they are not going to drive me away. They are the only game in town... so thank you sir, may I have another?

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Comcast is enforcing a 300GB cap in the south east. I called ATT to switch only to discover they copied what comcast is doing except that they only let you have 250 GB on u-verse.

 

So no sale for them. But what are the citizens of this country going to do? We are being exploited by these evil companies. It's effectively an oligopoly. They don't even need to collude. They just wait for the other one to start ripping off their customers, then they do the exact same thing.

 

The government is worthless. They are bought and paid for from top to bottom. It's like living in a soviet era country.

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As for the govt being responsible for the data caps and overage charges, as far as I can tell, this is the supposed free market at work. One company eats up other companies and gains virtual monopoly because of the lack of govt regulation.  Prices are high compared to Europe, and speed low compared to Europe, because of the lack of government oversight.  

 

Now Comcast is going to try to buy Time Warner Cable, resulting in less competition. I believe the govt has to approve, but in order to stop the buyout, it has to be in violation of antitrust or some such laws. I HOPE this buyout is denied. It won't be good news for consumers.

 

If the govt tried to pass more restrictive laws, all heck would break loose, with allegations of communism, socialism, interfering with the free market, you name it. But it's true that these huge corporations pay big bucks to the politicians for votes beneficial to the companies. Now that they have been freed of donation regulations by a conservative Supreme Court, and for-profit corporations have been declared to be "people," it is even harder to stop them now.

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Right now my only hope is Google Fiber.  They'll probably never be in my area, but I hope that when they come to the Bay Area which is on their list, that AT&T will finally adjust their prices and my price structure will be included.  But, knowing AT&T they will only lower their prices/raise their service in the areas directly affected by Google Fiber.

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holy crap i just checked out that google fiber, wow! I really hope Atlanta gets the google fiber soon. 

 

1000 megabits. crazy speed at only 70 bucks per month!  are they serious?

unbelievable.

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Tell me about it.  Plus, Google is GIVING AWAY 5 Mbps with unlimited data.  Right now I'm forced to pay AT&T $90/mo for 6 Mbps with no upgrades or cheaper prices in sight.  At least AT&T gets to enjoy the $18 billion in profits they made last year.

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I just found out about this 250GB CAP limit today. And I am extremely mad about that.. ATT makes more then enough money from there consumers to give us unlimited Bandwidth. Most people dont even reach that 250GB cap. But for the people that do it ridiculous. We pay for the internet service monthly, We shouldn't be capped on bandwidth. And ok say you dont use your 250GB bandwidth for that month say you only use 100GB.. Does that extra 150GB rollover to the next month? Probably not. I have been an ATT customer for over 10 years... and this is crazy. I can't wait till GOOGLE FIBER comes to my area.. They will be offering 1TB upload/download Service for $70 a month. With no B/W Caps. ATT you make more then enough money why do you feel the need to enforce this Bandwidth CAP. Your just ticking off your happy consumers, That you may lose to a different ISP because of this. Get it together take off the B/W CAP and stop being greedy. my 2 cents

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yeah there is nothing i can do right now because the only choices in my area are Charter Communications and AT&T. there needs to be more competition in my area. Charter, in my opinion, isn't that bad but I have been off contract for a few years now and prices are starting to go up.

 

I don't see how I will be able to keep up with the cap on AT&T. I am already streaming 4K content on Netflix and Youtube.

 

4k/2160p is using about 5-7 GB per hour in terms of bandwidth. that means on AT&T I would eat up the 250 GB in about 40 hours on just video alone.

 

last month i used 947 GB. 947 gigabytes! Mostly because of the videos I have been watching and game downloads.

 

If I had AT&T, I would be paying around $200 a month or more because of overuse charges. something like that.....

 

maybe the FCC can get involved with AT&T's ridiculous data cap.

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