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JohnnyDoe

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Wed, Nov 30, 2016 4:44 PM

Data Limit(s) Reached - Unlimited Data or Mobile Share Advantage Plans

Just curious - how much (if any) does AT&T slow your connection down if you reach your data limits on the Unlimited Data Plan (after 22 GB usage) or any of the Mobile Share Advantage Plans. I know they have it specified in writing, but just wanting user experience / feedback on how much your data connection is really slowed down. Can you browse the internet much at all? Open emails? Use any music/video streaming service?

 

 

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GeekBoy

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3 years ago

The Mobile Share Advantage plans document the speed you are throttled to as 128Kbps, so there would be no streaming of anything. It would only be slightly faster than a dial-up connection, so loading web pages, etc would depend upon the site design.

For the unlimited plans, they don't throttle, they "re-prioritize" which means that all other traffic will get a higher priority than you. That may mean no noticible change in performance, or it may mean that you will work at a snail's pace depending upon how busy the cell tower you are using is. In extreme situations, it may even prevent web pages from loading due to the time it takes your phone to get the data packets in response to your requests.


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ATTHelp

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3 years ago

Hi @JohnnyDoe!

 

Excellent questions and I’m glad you asked. I’ll be more than happy to help out here, but it seems that our great A.C.E. @GeekBoy beat me to the punch a bit!

 

He was right on point with everything he mentioned. When data speeds are slowed, they’re lowered to 128Kbps. Email would work perfectly fine and some sites should load without an issue. Streaming services aren’t likely to work very well as they’ll probably buffer pretty heavily at that speed.

 

As mentioned, unlimited plans are a little bit different, but can be effected in much the same way. You actually have the ability to download a speed testing application to stay on top of your quickness. Give you app store a quick search and I’m sure you’ll find something that can help out there.

 

Thanks so much for reaching out to me and have a good one! Special thanks to @GeekBoy for providing some great insight onto this one!

 

 

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JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Thank you all for your help and clarification!

JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Has anyone actually hit the 22 GB limit on the Unlimited Data plan? Just curious what usuage is 'actually' like vs. what it's stated. I know there are factors - i.e. time of day, location, etc depending on the network traffic - but just curious. 

lizdance40

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3 years ago

Not personally.  We have seen reports on the forum all over the place.  Some never slow down and use a hundred gigs plus. Some complain the get sluggish data often all through the month.  Some report slow down after 22 GBs during peak times or congested locations.

I don't know any regulars who have unlimited now.  @Gary L did, but gave it up last year.   

 

 

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JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Good to know - I just switched from the Mobile Share Advantage to the Unlimited Plan and can't see using more than 22 GB with the Data Free side on Directv; I just don't do enough other stuff that eats data. 

 

From what I've read your right - it's all over the place as far as people either getting throttled data speeds or basically being left untouched. Oh well, piece of mind with the unlimited side now!

Gary L

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3 years ago


@JohnnyDoe wrote:

Has anyone actually hit the 22 GB limit on the Unlimited Data plan? Just curious what usuage is 'actually' like vs. what it's stated. I know there are factors - i.e. time of day, location, etc depending on the network traffic - but just curious. 


There are people who use 100GB and say they don't notice slowdowns...

 

 

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JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Good to know - I can't ever imagine using that much data (especially since there isn't any tethering allowed), but good to know that they haven't experienced any hiccups with that much data. 

JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Just curious what other's thoughts are or if anyone with AT&T can provide input... will the 'Unlimited Data Plan' ever be partnered up with DirecTV Now? I know this is the latest push by AT&T and is the eventual future of DirecTV, just curious if that will ever be in the pipeline.

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ATTHelp

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Hello @JohnnyDoe,

 

That’s a great question I was quite curious about that myself! Having DIRECTV NOW would not make you eligible for the Unlimited Data Plan. In the future this may change as AT&T is dedicated to providing great deals and services to our customers.

 

Customers on eligible wireless plans are able to view movies and shows within the DIRECTV NOW App without using their data allowance.

 

Right now if you have the DIRECTV application you can stream DIRECTV data free on postpaid AT&T Mobility devices, including smartphones, tablets and hotspots. Data free streaming applies to live content, recorded content, and video on demand.

 

Hope this helps, Happy Holidays!

 

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JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

Daniel -

 

Thanks for the quick reply. I knew the DirectTV Now didn't make one eligeable for the Unlimited Plan but just wasn't sure if sometime in the future this would change. 

 

I appreciate the feedback and good information.

Busternutt

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3 years ago

@JohnnyDoe, If they ever do, it would probably be a limited time promotion (30 days or so) to get people to sign up and stay signed up. In other words, if you drop it, you won't be able to get it back, just like other grandfathered plans. This will keep customers from constantly dropping and resubscribing.



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lizdance40

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3 years ago

@JohnnyDoe  As it is explained to me, neither the unlimited data plan or DirecTV Now are high profit services.  Generally the idea is to pair a higher profit item with a new service as a promotion.  

I think @Busternutt is on the right track, at some point it might be offered as a limited time promotion.

This is 17 days into the DirecTV Now service and it is finally running well for me.  I've had minor glitches, like the dreaded error 60, to many streams running, when I had none running.  I think the service will need to be less buggy before it can be offered as a promotion.

 

On that Note.....Did you see the news?  T-mobile is offering new customer who switch to them a full year of DirecTV Now service.   That guy really knows how to sell dung to camel drivers doesn't he?  Turn poo into gold.  Sows ear to silk purse...  you get the idea.  

 

 

 

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JohnnyDoe

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3 years ago

 @lizdance40 - you are definitely right, I pretty much figured there wasn't a lot of profit from the unlimited plan standing alone which totally makes sense they make you pair it with the DirecTV service (revenue/profit streams are definitely higher from this). 

 

I've been curious on the DirecTV Now service and will try it soon; just figured I would let them get all the bugs worked out of it first. The $35 promo package pretty much includes every channel I care about and the $5 HBO add on is as cheap as you will find anywhere. 

 

@lizdance40 you mention the steams are getting better? How is it running during peak times (i.e 5-8 PM) and weekends?

 

I did see that T-Mobile offered that promotion! What a joke! They are very good about twisting words and having lose advertising terms to attract customers (will admit, they seem to be doing a good job with their subscriber addition numbers)... but I honestly have yet to have any friends that are happy with their service and they live in all different cities across the country. I believe they are offering a 'bill credit' for up to 1-year to cover the DirecTV Now charge if I saw the ad right.

lizdance40

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3 years ago

@JohnnyDoe  

The scoop...

I have cox internet 100 Mbps speed and using an AirPort Extreme router.  I have been casting to my original Chromecast device, from an old android phone.  Works VERY well.  Unlike reported problems with the apps on devices.

I do not have a current Apple TV and wanted a Fire TV, the stick arrived and wouldn't connect to wifi.  Waiting on a replacement.  

The streaming problems have been between 6 pm EST and 10 pm. With occasional problems at all other times.  Both outages were during these times.

The "no activity for 4 hours. .....".  warning is annoying

If you want to lock in the price, screw the fire stick and Apple TV for this purpose and get a Chromecast.  As long as you have an android device your good to go for $35.  

Love the sponsored data.  I have a big plan, but it's nice to use 4-6 gigs and not sweat at all.

 

RSN are a problem.  Don't get this for sports.

Networks are a joke.  I get NBC only, but you can use the ABC app and sign in with Direct

navigation is NOT intuitive within the app on android or iPad.  

72 hour rewind is spotty

No DVR

Dont expect CBS ever.  Stingy guys!

I recommend the 7 day free trial alone, unless you can cope with being a guinea pig.  

 

 

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