AT&T recently revealed that they are planning to shut down their 2G wireless network by 2017. The majority of carriers including AT&T have been pushing their customers to make the switch to a 3G or 4G phone. AT&T stated that they did not expect any problems having customers transition to 3G or 4G, but with the switch comes the requirement of using a smartphone.
For some this may not be a problem, they will finally be able to experience the glory that comes with owning a smartphone. But for others, using a smartphone presents a problem. I know my grandmom still uses an old flip phone and could care less to about buying a smartphone. She said to learn how to use a smartphone, she needs to attend a special university. Is there no work around for this group of people? Only time will tell.
Apple recently released their iOS 5.1 update and for AT&T iPhone 4S users many were shocked to see a 4G icon appear on their screens. Currently AT&T does not have true 4G so is this a sign of things to come? Or is Apple just pushing AT&T’s HSPA+/4G network. Either way, users will see slightly faster speeds compared to 3G, however, AT&T’s billed 4G is nowhere near as fast as LTE 4G, which is currently the only true 4G available.
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After losing in court to an angry customer who’s data was throttled, AT&T has decided to outline their unlimited data throttling process to its customers. Customers lucky enough to be grandfathered in for the unlimited data plan and using 3G or 4G (HSPA+) smartphones, your data will be throttled after 3GB of usage. Customers who are using 4G (LTE) smartphones, data throttling begins at 5GB of usage.
If you go past those limits, we can only assume AT&T will slow your data down to a snails crawl, if your lucky maybe a zombie shuffle. Let us know in the commentswhat you think of cellphone companies throttling your data usage.