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Fri, Oct 9, 2015 4:26 PM

DSL Usage limit is 130GB

I know they state it is 150GB but AT&T consistently adds on 12%-15% of what actually comes though your modem. So the 130GB limit is misleading. I would love to go to uVerse and the 250GB limit but it is not available in my area and not for any forseeable future.

 

1) I think it is wrong to have a lower usage for DSA than uVerse, they should be the same.

2) It is really wrong to add in usage that never gets to the customer.

 

AT&T should be more open on that actual usage they are calcualting. Why are they allowed to use a calculation that is not what the customer actually receives.

Tigereyze209

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6 y ago

ATT's calculations are considered a trade secret, so they will not tell you how they compute actual usage.

You are right though, I use a port activity monitoring program called net meter from hoo tech (29 bucks, so not free) to see what it computes. (note, this is the option I chose to use, i am not recomending it for anyone else.. in fact, a LOT of routers have monitoring built into them, if you know how to access it.. alas, mine does not, hence netmeter.)

The is one detail of U-verses data limit you left out.. it theoretically exists, but they have never yet enforced it, and apparently have no plans to ever do so...

DSL is going to be phased out, and they are not going to do anything to add to it, upgrade it, update it, or expand or imporve it in any way. The official plans are to effectivly eliminate DSL service by 2020. Note: that is even in areas do not have, and may never expand u-verse into.

Here is the link you can use, to display your dsl usage.. https://www.att.com/olam/passthroughAction.myworld?actionType=HUMCurrentUsage

 

good luck, look for data pirates using your connection, and try to keep under the data cap to avoid the overage fees. And note, you are NOT alone.....

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6 y ago

Actually looking at this even closer, I am glad I don't upload much.

 

For upload AT&T tacks on 25%-25%. Download is 11%-12%.  I'm not sure how they can get away with saying you have 150gb when they add usage that never hits your home. And if you mosthly upload it would actually be more like 112gb.

 

At least I know and can manage accordingly and keep an eye out for other providers when they come around.

Tigereyze209

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6 y ago

Good luck with that. About every three months, I do a check to see if any of the thrid party DSL providers are considering including my area in their service, but alas, so far, not.

 

To be fair, i could go with cable (for about 200 dollars a month) or dial-up (yes, it still exists) for around 20 bucks,  or even satalitte, but so far, this dsl service is still the best deal for the money.

 

To be honest, I do not understand the legal distinction, but although the service is effectivly identical, u-verse is not considered cable. As i understand the setup, all of the connections are over fiber (which cable also use to transmit their signals from one point to another)) up to the closest node (neighborhood conection box) and pretty much only the last part going to your house is phone wire. (Which is usually cat-5 cable.. so even they call it cable) Heck, you can even use coaxal cable for phone service.

 

This could change, but in my county, cable service (comcast in this case) has the monoply on prividing cable, and u-verse is not allowed. (att home phone and dsl are grandfathered.)

And of course, direcTV is not cable, so they are everywhere. (and dish, etc.)

 

I live in Floreida, which is for the most part, flat, but note the, for the most part...

my particualr area is kind low, ground level wise, and all the land suround us is higher, making this area, a kind of natural dip.

Not a big deal, except, the local over the air tv signals go right over our heads, making it necissary to put up very tall antenas to receive them. (which are not allowed due to local ordanence. A hazard to air traffic, or sume such thing.)

 

My whole point of this being we can only get reliable local tv stations by using cable or satalitte. Or, you can watch the Snowfall om Manhatton program. (White noise screen.)

The upsdie is we don't need those digital conver boxes to pick up the local off the air tv signals. The downside, no signals to pick up and convert.

SO, that is why we see so many dish antennas around here. (Nostly direct)

 

ALL this to say, DSL from ATT is the only wired internet service that is at a reasonable cost for what you get. And sadly, there is no real reasonably priced alternative available.

 

I'd just on one of those thrid party providers in a heartbeat, if they were available. But, forwahtever reason, they have chosen to not include this area.

 

Enough ramble, back to your normal reality.

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