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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > AT&T Will Restrict Heavy Users In Fall

AT&T Will Restrict Heavy Users In Fall

AT&T Will Restrict Heavy Users In Fall

Added: Saturday, August 13th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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AT&T’s representative Jackie Vettorino confirmed that the company will start a networking plan for heavy wireless users in the near future.


This decision follows the Verizon’s plan, which the company has already implemented back this February, right before the launch-date of the Verizon iPhone. As for the Verizon’s network plan, it reduces the information throughput speeds for the 5% of the subscribers consuming an extraordinary amount of data. Normally, the restriction only lasts until the next bill is issued, but reduced speeds could also overflow the next billing cycle.

Now the system of another Internet service provider, AT&T, is supposed to work just the same, decreasing speeds to customers who go over the limit of data until the next billing cycle. However, the most important part is currently unknown – what the limits would be. The media cited the figures of 12,000 website views, 12,000 e-mails, 4 streaming movies and 5 hours of streaming music being enough to bring the user to that upper range of usage.

Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon are not the only broadband providers to limit their subscribers’ transfer rate. For example, Virgin Mobile has also decided to follow suit and introduce a restriction once a subscriber hits more than 2.5GB per month. Despite the fact that lots of AT&T subscribers might be disappointed with the news, the Internet service provider claims that 65% of its smartphone subscribers use less than 200MB per month. As for those consuming over 2GB, their number only amounts to 2%.

AT&T’s spokesperson also confirmed that the limits will undoubtedly apply to users paying for unlimited data, but not for subscribers having normal packages. According to a statement posted by AT&T on its website, the plan will start October 1, when smartphone customers with unlimited data plans might experience reduced speeds if their usage within a single billing cycle reaches the level bringing them among the top 5% of heaviest data users. Meanwhile, such customers can still have unlimited data plans, and their speeds will be restored at the start of the next billing period. Before the subscribers are affected, the company will provide multiple notices, including a grace period. Finally, AT&T reminded that the change in question would never impact the vast majority of its subscribers, and was only designed to create a better service experience for all.

August 13th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Comments (15) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-08-13 20:11:13)
KLOKWORX avatari like how they always go after the wireless users. glad im on wired in canada with no data cap

posted by (2011-08-13 22:23:33)
BenjaWiz avatarI don't own any cell phone period as I refused not to buy into the scheme of never owning the service and also caps might come to Canadians on cell phones as they are already on the broadband services up there like Cable, etc.

posted by (2011-08-13 22:27:29)
BenjaWiz avatarCanada getting more like America it's sick but hopefully you guys will be ok it's bs to sell your an unlimited service plan that they will never give you on the data plans.

posted by Blocked (2011-08-14 01:12:58)
menahunie avatarWhat's the point of having 4g or what ever? All it is going to do is you hit the cap way faster?
Are these carriers implying that their new high speed 4g doesn't have the capacity to carry data usage in real time? They would claim you are an abuser yet all you did was watch a movie at an airport waiting for a plane yet then you again use too much bandwidth? WTF.. So I watch three movie while on a trip and I have hit my data cap? Again WTF...

posted by (2011-08-14 19:03:15)
geology_guy avatarThat is their big cash cow: the mobile phone. They can't sustain the heavy data use without causing problems elsewhere for their big money maker. No one really realizes how screwed they are by the cell companies!

posted by (2011-08-15 06:18:53)
No avatar@ BenjaWiz u don't have a clue i'm on broad band in canada and i pay i flat rate for UNLIMITED and fyi the C.T.R.C. wanted to let the cable/phone/intenet companies do american style billing up here but they were ordered by Harper to re-examine it and if they still decided that they would allow the companies to do it then he would use his powers as PM to veto it! AMEN good for us heavy downloaders 75+ gb per 4 week period lol

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-08-15 10:25:47)
fusseltier avatarif you have an unlimited plan, then it must be unlimited, or there are restrictions you need to know, like FUP, etc. there could be unlimited during certain off peak hours, but if they want to charge people for an unlimited plan but not allow them to use it limitless, they are forcing the future to be pay for what you use... on demand, or prepaid. but then that just goes back into the circle that people get it monthly again, and they repeat the same crap again...

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-08-15 10:28:22)
fusseltier avatarjust like if you have a gas station that has full service, and they say if you pump it yourself you will save money, they fire the attendant, and you pump your gas, and after a month its same price and you did was make yourself have to work for free while they make profit with you pumping your gas.
never believe them, they are raking in the money, oil, telecom, etc... and always trying to find new ways to get more from you without you noticing.

posted by men (2011-08-15 11:36:39)
ToeringsNthongz avatar@KLOKWORX
Sorry chum,i live in Canada too,and coast to coast everywhere has a cap,unless you talking about cell phones? wired or wireless has nothing to do with it,but if you pay for unlimited T1 like my work does,then you pay BIG bucks.CCNA

posted by (2011-08-15 12:26:21)
KLOKWORX avatar@toerings

nope, no cap. im with sasktel, got basic high speed. its because there is only a million people in saskatchewan so the bandwidth used isnt as high as pretty much any major city. you get into the big companies like rogers and telus, yeah they have caps

posted by (2011-08-15 18:53:24)
No avatarman, you guys have it real bad...here in Hong Kong we have unlimited Data regardless of wired or wireless, no restrictions at all, i once carried out a test downloaded appx 10 TB of various linux distros movies animes and anything i could que in utorrent and flashget i simply queued it and started downloading and deleting untill i got really tired and gave up....minimum broadband speeds in hong kong is 6000kb/sec... wireless is appx 1200kb/sec on a good day

posted by (2011-08-15 18:54:44)
No avatarbtw took me around 3 - 4 days to download that 10+ TB

posted by Blocked (2011-08-16 13:33:07)
menahunie avatargangooparsad - LMFAO.. Hk Has better bandwidth in Chicom China with all the censorship there? Only the rich and privileged have personnel high speed bandwidth and access.. As for hardwired telephone landlines? I'd do better with two cans and a string..... The average user in HK uses internet cafe's for their access since they are too poor to have their own computers let alone a hardwired landlines to their little shack..
So take your chopstick and stick it.. Now in Japan they kick butt on bandwidth speed.... 60-100 MBPS down consistent..

posted by (2011-08-18 01:20:33)
No avatarhi!!

posted by (2011-08-18 12:20:02)
No avatar@menahunie
judging by the way you wrote your reply i am guessing your a stupid redneck....so i am gonna let u have your time with petty remarks...


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