02-06-2013 07:23:06 AM
02-06-2013 07:55:02 AM
I am also a grandfathered unlimited data plan user. I have just recently learned about the changes made to that plan involving the 3 gig limit for 3ga area users and the 5 gig limit for 4g users. Does it not seem odd to anyone that an unlimited data plan would have usage limits? I have 8just phones with AT&T and only mine is left on the unlimited plan. It has already been explained to me that the top 5 percent of users get throttled back at a preset limit, unfortunetly that is not network wide the only customers who are targeted for "throttling" are the unlimited users. I have high usage usually 4 to 5 gigs per month due to netflix, youtube and various downloads. When I questioned customer service the answer was because of network congestion but if I was on my son's 3 gig plan I could go up to 20 gigs per month before being throttled back. Why is it that when I pay 200for dollars per month the network congestion is not an issue for the extra usage but when I go over 3 gigs on my unlimited plan I must be throttled back from 1.5 mbps to 0.23 mbps for the rest of the billing period?
Mainly because very few users on a tiered plan go over their limit. They essentially throttle themselves. Contrary to popular belief, that was the main reason for getting rid of the unlimited plan and going to tiered data plans, to get users to be more selective about how much data they use, not to generate overage charges. You have to remember that network bandwidth is not unlimited and it is a shared resource but when user's aren't concerned about how much they are consuming, ultimately service for everyone becomes degraded.
02-06-2013 08:10:36 AM
02-06-2013 09:36:35 AM
I have already been explained that. The only question is why aren't the tiered users slowed down when they exceed their limits. If it is a network congestion problem then why are unlimited users being throttled only? Also wouldn't a specific time period come into play also? ( I already know the answer ) it seems that AT&T has sold too many contracts and cannot deliver on them without degrading service to other users. Its nice that AT&T to make it out that they are looking out for everyone but in reality they just realized they are missing out on overage charges and in a couple years when data needs grow they will miss out on lots more unless they can get all the grandfathered unlimited users off there data plans
Actually no changes where made to the plan, the TOS and FUP documentation always contained the wording that would allow them to limited the bandwidth in case of over use. As mentioned it is a carrier imposed limit for grandathered users as compaired to tiered plan where it costs the user additional charges if they exceed their allocated limited.
As far as other carriers - the only one of the top 3 carriers left with unlimited data (with the same tos and fup in place) is Sprint, Verison grandfathered thei unlimited plan a couple of years ago, now they have set it so that is you want to keep your unlimited plan on upgrade you pay full retail price for the phone, no subsidy. The only was yo get th subsidy it to switch to their mobile shared plan.
The day of the unlimited data plan is numbered, even cricket has a policy in place to throttle if overused. It is also going to home broadband users that the providers are placing caps on the amount of data you can use in a given billing cycle, one vendor has gone as far as putting a permenent disconnect policy in place if you consistantly exceed the cap.