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Friday, October 6th, 2017 3:11 PM

How much of a slow down or throttling should we expect after 10GB of tethering on Unlimited+?

Note: We live in a VERY RURAL area, not a lot of congestion and probably only 200-300 ATT customers at best in a 5 mile radius

 

We just changed plans but our ONLY, yes our ONLY internet at home on the PC is via tethering. On our old (40 GB) a month we tethered about 30 GB a month but the ATT representative talked us into the new Unlimited+ plan

 

What should we expect once we hit the 10GB of tethering this month? Will it be horrible?

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7 years ago

i would also like to know this as we are in the same situation, very rural are, not many folks using the service

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7 years ago

Tethering on your phone or tablet is throttled to 128 kbps, or 2G speeds.  It is unusable.  

If you have a mobile hotspot device (mifi) it is subject to the reprioritization like phones and is not throttled.  If you are looking for a substitute for home internet this or wireless home phone and internet is the way to go.  

 

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7 years ago

Ok thanks!

 

So out Velocity hot spot device will not be slowed to much after, or if we even reach 100 GB?

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7 years ago

Depends on traffic and congestion. Living in an area where NO ONE can get wired broadband is a bad thing because all your neighbors will have the SAME IDEA as you. Which is to use cellular. That puts strain on the towers, causes lots of congestion and slow speeds.

 

Data transfer rates are not guaranteed in the first place, even before 23GB. It's just the terms of service. The carrier cannot ensure speeds. However you may get lucky and there isn't much congestion on that tower. But from the sound of things it may be totally bogged down with a lot of users seeking home internet replacement.

 

Don't expect much during prime time hours from 6PM to 11PM. Late at night you're probably going to get good results though. Usually pretty wide open then.

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7 years ago

Not one person does what I do in a 5 mile radius or even more. Most have regular high speed internet and that's only 20%, the rest have no internet, just a phone 

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7 years ago

@mutantmike   If you’re getting good speeds with phones and can exceed the 22 gig threshold with no significant slow down, you should do well with a Velocity.  

You might want to run a month with the phones and see how they do over 22 gigs before you get into a possible 2 year Contract on a Mifi 

 

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7 years ago

Well we got the Unlimited + already but she said we only have 10 GB of tethering, where are you getting 22?

 

 

We have the Velocity hot spot unit. I mean 100 GB a month is a lot and even if we go over there are not fees so for another $20 a month it may be great. I am going to try and use about 150 GB this month to see what happens  🙂

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7 years ago

@mutantmike @yosemite 

If you put a hotspot device on Unlimited Plus for $20 a month. You get unlimited data on that device. 

 

 

The 10GB of hotspot/tethering sharing for a phone is SUPPOSED to slow down to unbearable speeds when you hit 10GB.

 

At 22GB with a hotspot device you MAY slow down TEMPORARILY and that's IF the tower is overloaded. I went way over 22GB in a rural area and I could tell no difference in the speed.  In the Detroit area I can see the difference at 22GB quite often, but it's not awful speeds, 95% of the time it's better than Unlimited Choices normal speeds. 

 

In some other rural areas I got crappy speed even before I crossed the 22GB threshold no matter what device I use.

 

It's all going to depend where you are and what the usage is at that spot.

 

 

 

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