03-13-2011 4:29 PM
03-19-2011 8:37 PM
sfleury1: I like that argument. In my opinion, those who have wireless service with AT&T should drop them once their contracts are up and make sure AT&T knows why they are being dropped. Where alternative choices are available for comperable broadband services, AT&T should be dropped and told they are being dropped because of the caps. Where no comperable choices are available, people should reduce their level of service with AT&T and tell AT&T why. If enough people do these things, perhaps they will get the message. Otherwise, AT&T will consider this new policy a success and other companies will follow suit with their own caps. By the way, Comcast already imposes a 250GB cap on all of their residential services, and their speeds go even higher.
Also, Verizon has announced that they will NOT be capping their DSL or FiOS networks. So if Verizon is a choice for people, go with them.
For me, I do not have a wireless account with AT&T. The only hi-speed internet available in my area, so far as I've been able to determine (Muncie, Indiana) is from AT&T and Comcast. If anyone knows of other choices, please let me know. I currently subscribe to AT&T's U-verse Elite internet plan, but my contract is up in June. I do not have their TV service. I have DirecTV. I was considering moving to U-verse for my TV once my DirecTV contract expires this summer, but I obviously won't be doing that now.
AT&T, are you listening? I think you're going to lose more money from lost revenue than you're going to gain from overages and decreases in bandwidth usage.
03-19-2011 9:03 PM
If you're concerned about overage charges, you should downgrade your DSL service. Most legitimate streaming services like youtube and Netflix will reduce streaming quality and bandwidth if your connection cannot handle HD. It's reduced quality, but also much harder to go over this exploitative limit set by AT&T.
It would be crazy for anyone to upgrade their service if they don't want to be charged for overage, ON TOP of what they willingly pay for a better connection.
It seems a self-defeating money-grab to me. I'm even considering cable now, which I never did before. Total download means nothing on a DSL line, and AT&T should be legally taken to task for abusing their monopoly in order to boost already-inflated profits.