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AT&T throttles unlimited data users' data speeds to 2G

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Back in July, AT&T starting warning its unlimited data users that, starting in October, their data speeds would be throttled once they went over an unknown data limit. October came and went and we really didn't hear much of anything about any users reaching that limit, so I'm sure most of us just pushed it to the back of our minds and forgot about it. 

Fast forward to today, December 8th, and it seems that AT&T didn't forget about its promise to unlimited data users. The photo to the right isn't from my own phone, but it looks like the people who were grandfathered in to unlimited data and use ungodly amounts of it are starting to see this message pop up once they go past the data limit. 

The throttle is pretty severe, too: AT&T basically cuts off access to its 3G network, leaving those unlimited users on the carrier's terrible EDGE network. Fortunately, the cut isn't permanent; AT&T says right in the message that normal data speeds will return at the end of the billing cycle. 

In my mind, unlimited data should actually mean unlimited. Unlimited is typically used in a sentence to refer to something without limits, and a speed throttling certainly qualifies as a limit. 

Are you using unlimited data on AT&T? How about any other carrier? If you said yes to the latter, would you freak out if your carrier sent you a message like this?

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Calob Horton

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4 thoughts on “AT&T throttles unlimited data users' data speeds to 2G

  • Avatar of Buzzkill Lightyear

    It is physically impossible for any carrier to offer you unlimited data. There is a strict limit on the connection going from the tower back to the central offices. Even if AT&T built a new tower for your exclusive use and you got speeds of 14.4 Mbps, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would still be a finite number.

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  • Except Sprint. That’s due to their use of pixie slave labor, however. Only using physical laws, it is indeed impossible for a carrier not to try and cheat you.

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  • they throttled me today to 0.12mbps so i called them to ask how much data i’ve only used 2.4gb of data. thats just insane and maddening to me

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