AT&T Outlines Data Throttling

AT&T Outlines Data Throttling

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.

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Verizon Wireless Finally Reveals Shared Data Family Plans

Verizon Wireless Finally Reveals Shared Data Family Plans

Verizon’s CTO Fran Shammo revealed that Verizon Wireless will be bringing shared family data plans to Verizon Wireless customers by the middle of this year. The rumor has been circulating for a while, Shammo said that Verizon has been working on this for a year, so that everything will be smooth once the shared family plans are launched.

Unfortunately the rollout of these shared plans will begin with current 4G subscribers, so 3G users, looks like it’s time to upgrade.

Virgin Mobile (USA) Looking to Throttle Data Speed

For all you Virgin Mobile users, our friends over at Technology-Headlines have some important information to share with you.

 

by George Heymann|@techeadlines

technology-headlines.com

Yesterday Virgin Mobile USA confirmed that they would be throttling data speeds for the top 3% of its customers that use more than 2.5GB of beginning March 23.

“To make sure we can keep offering our Beyond Talk Plans at such great prices, we’re putting a data speed reduction in place for anyone who uses over 2.5GB of data in a month.”

Virgin Mobile USA customers that are currently using more than 2.5GB of data are receiving text messages with a web link informing them of the pending changes.

The Full Virgin Mobile statement follows after the break.

 

To make sure we can keep offering our Beyond Talk Plans at such great prices, we’re putting a data speed reduction in place for anyone who uses over 2.5GB of data in a month.

Will it affect me?

Based on your activity for your last plan month ending in December, you could be affected by this change. If you continue to use the same amount of data as you did in your last plan month, you may see your data speeds reduced during a plan month when the data speed reduction is implemented on March 23, 2012. You can still use your phone to do everything you currently do, but you may experience slower page loads and file downloads and lags in streaming media.

This will not affect your ability to text or make calls with your phone.

How will it work?

Starting March 23, 2012, if you use over 2.5GB of data in a month on your Beyond Talk Plan:

• Data speeds may be reduced to 256Kbps or below for the rest of your month.

• If data speeds are reduced, they will return to normal as soon as your next plan month starts.

• If you’d rather not wait for your new month to start, you can restart your plan immediately through My Account.

 How will I know if my data speeds have been reduced?

If you reach 2.5GB of data in a month, you will receive a text message letting you know your data speeds will be reduced for the rest of your plan month.

By putting this data speed reduction in place, we’re making sure we can deliver the same quality service you’ve come to expect from Virgin Mobile. We hope you understand.

*Data usage per activity is based on an average. Bandwidth varies by website, video, email and other Internet application

Verizon’s Holiday Data Offering

Verizon’s Holiday Data Offering

Looks like Santa has come early this year as Verizon is reportedly in the process of rolling out a new data promotion. Starting tomorrow, November 8th, users signing up for a 4G data plan will receive double the advertised data. So if you sign up for the 2GB data plan you will be receiving 4GB for $30. It is unknown if current users will be able to take advantage of this promotion but it doesn’t hurt to try to contact a representative online. Be on the lookout tomorrow for this limited time offer, or for Santa’s reindeers as he drops off this amazing gift.

Sprint Working to Tiered Data?

Sprint Working to Tiered Data?

Documents have been found that show that starting November 1, Sprint is moving toward a tiered data plan for Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband. The plan looks to have three different options; a 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB of allowed data, going over you tiered data will incur you serious charges. Does this change by Sprint, the Now Network, spell doom for unlimited data plans for their mobile phones? At the moment that answer is no, but similar plans were outlined by other major carriers and with the addition of the iPhone how long can Sprint’s network hold on. Tell us what you think in the comments below.