Things To Look Forward To…AT&T To Implement Data Throttling

In what can only be described as a taste of things to come provided the AT&T/T-Mobile takeover deal goes through AT&T is rumored to begin throttling data plans come October. AT&T will work to curb data congestion on their network and begin to recoup some of their reputation. The throttling plan will be pretty standard with data heavy users being curbed to a specific speed once they hit a predetermined threshold allowed by AT&T. There are no specific numbers floating around right now so at what point AT&T will throttle you and to what speed are anyones guess. We’re not fans of throttling data here at TmoNews and we take plenty of exception to T-Mobile’s use of the word unlimited data that is throttled.

Just something else to look forward to if/when AT&T takes over T-Mobile. Happy Days!

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  • Anonymous

    so let me get this straight, they will charge you for overages if you go over the 2gb plan, AND slow you down if you go over?  WOW  there is no better time to be a ATT customer!  High prices and shafting GALORE! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/omarrr9 Omar Arias

      This only affects those that have grandfathered unlimited. Not those with tiered data

      • Anonymous

        wise man you are, that still sucks though.

  • Chaz

    umm isnt this the same thing that Tmobile does now…Same thing..

    • DroidDev

      +1

      • Bkidko

        Tmobile throttles! Why is this news?!!!!? What will be different?!

    • alex

      nope tmobile thorttles, att charfes 10 dollars after every gb after 2gb and they throttle

  • TK

    Some T-Mobile data plans are currently unthrottled, true unlimited, such as TZones and Total Internet. These are held by grandfathered TMobile users as they are not current plans. Will AT&T grand father these (keep the throttle off)?

    • Anonymous

      The only way to have unlimited data on AT&T right now is if you have a grandfathered unlimited plan. So the people who are currently grandfathering their unlimited data plans are the only unlimited users AT&T has. T-Mobile currently offers unlimited, throttled plans, so the old ones will not be affected. AT&T does not offer unlimited anymore.

    • Anonymous

      The only way to have unlimited data on AT&T right now is if you have a grandfathered unlimited plan. So the people who are currently grandfathering their unlimited data plans are the only unlimited users AT&T has. T-Mobile currently offers unlimited, throttled plans, so the old ones will not be affected. AT&T does not offer unlimited anymore.

    • Anonymous

      The only way to have unlimited data on AT&T right now is if you have a grandfathered unlimited plan. So the people who are currently grandfathering their unlimited data plans are the only unlimited users AT&T has. T-Mobile currently offers unlimited, throttled plans, so the old ones will not be affected. AT&T does not offer unlimited anymore.

    • Ashley23

      I used to have this for my blackberry, but they made me switch when i upgraded to android. I really can’t tell that much difference between 4g and Edge sometimes when I get close to the end of our bill cycle.

  • Anonymous

    I think AT&T will be completely revamping their data plans come Sept for the iPhone 4S/5. They did it last year, with the iPhone 4, and dropped unlimited to 200MB and/or 2GB tiered data.

  • Deydamia70

    I love T-Mobile, but they throttle, too. Just got a text letting from them, letting me know my data speed was being slowed down, due to heavy data usage. Whatever.

    • abdullahi said

      &*&* tmobile any way i have wifi. So im good.

  • Lvresonance7

    This is why I AM AGAINST THIS MERGER of at&t/t-mobile because a future duopoly at&t/verizon, american phone consumers will not have a choice but to submit to their phone plan rules but in a competitive phone market(more phone companies) you have a choice to leave for a better one is the true and you are seeing and reading it with your on eyes. The FCC, justice department and senators Kohl,Al Franken please fight against this merger and protect americans phone consumers, Thank you.

  • OKDave

    AT&T sucks. But we all knew that. Nothing to see here….

  • RAWshadTX

    The one thing I never understood is that if the phone is MADE for 4G, why would anybody wanna make a 4G phone to edge speeds. These dudes really slumming MUTHAFUCKAS for their money.

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

    I Never get throddled, my 5gb 24.99 plan rocks.

    • Cupcake

      And me either!  I got the unlimited w/400 msgs back when living was good for 24.99!!  So I will NEVER have to worry about that.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      If your phone that your referring to not getting throttled is that hd7; then of course you won’t see the throttling, it’s not a 4g phone.

      • Mopar6464

        That’s BS , i have the HD2 and have gotten throttled.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    not sure why that was sent to the queue

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    not sure why that was sent to the queue

  • Silk7412

    My comment to the fcc

    Fcc and DOJ ask ATT this.
    This how ATT will help there new T-mobile customers.We can keep our phone and rates but when they change the network our phone will only work on edge- forcing us into a new ATT plan.
    ATT states ” no one will be layedoff”So have them put there money where there mouth is. If more than 200 people are let go after the buyout. ATT will pay them 2 MIL each!!!
    AT&T is rumored to begin throttling data plans come OctoberThis show us whats to come to Tmo user.
    JD power has ATT last again and again and again. Is this telling you something?
    Deception-think of the possibilities -ATT new MaBell.

    • abdullahi said

      No the cell towers will stay on so 4g and 3g will still work years after the merge so get a new phone know and grandfather it in so you get tmobile and att. Also if it fails we get tmobile and att roaming for free!

  • TMoFan99

    Just got back from a trip to New Orleans… Realized T-mobile’s service sucked there… AT&T’s service rocked. The only time I had good service was when I was roaming! So pumped for AT&T-mobile!

  • TMoFan99

    Just got back from a trip to New Orleans… Realized T-mobile’s service sucked there… AT&T’s service rocked. The only time I had good service was when I was roaming! So pumped for AT&T-mobile!

    • greg

      i was in new orleans in march and had incredible coverage

    • greg

      i was in new orleans in march and had incredible coverage

    • Boo ya

      sooo PUMPED to pay more money for AT&T!! and get their crappy Customers service! still pumped? didn’t think so..

    • Boo ya

      sooo PUMPED to pay more money for AT&T!! and get their crappy Customers service! still pumped? didn’t think so..

  • TMoFan99

    Just got back from a trip to New Orleans… Realized T-mobile’s service sucked there… AT&T’s service rocked. The only time I had good service was when I was roaming! So pumped for AT&T-mobile!

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    So, not only ATT changes for overages, now they slow you down….
    WTF is wrong with USA….big ass step backwards….
    Welcome to 1999..

    As rest of the world move forward….sigh…

  • Mark

    To be fair, I don’t see where it says ATT will be throttling and charging for the overage.

    And honestly, I’d rather get throttled than be automatically charged more.

  • Anonymous

    “”AT&T will work to curb data congestion on their network and begin to recoup some of their reputation”"………..
    Am I the only one thinking; ‘what reputation’?

    • Jabombardier

      No. However, it doesn’t a difference. I have a co-worker who took all her lines to at&t. She was having problems with t-mobile, mainly issues with the phone, and now she has all iPhones. She pays about the same she paid on t-mobile but of course she gets less. She will stay for the 2 years then have problems with them and go on to anothet company. I think sprint because she originally left verizon for t-mobile.

    • Jabombardier

      No. However, it doesn’t a difference. I have a co-worker who took all her lines to at&t. She was having problems with t-mobile, mainly issues with the phone, and now she has all iPhones. She pays about the same she paid on t-mobile but of course she gets less. She will stay for the 2 years then have problems with them and go on to anothet company. I think sprint because she originally left verizon for t-mobile.

    • Rush8220

      They it just sux I wouldn’t want it

  • Chicabuena07

    For all of u complaining u are not the only ones over here in mexico we also have some fckedd up cellphone plans. U can talk shyyt all u want about Mexico I don’t care. Our cellphone plans are crap! Telcel which I have provides awesome 3G coverage all across mexico and data is really fast since they updated their network to hspa+ 21 mbps. I am constantly getting 10-13 mbps on a daily basis on my galaxy s2 cuz we got it months ago. And I live in Mexico city the biggest city in Mexico. First of all none of our plans offer unlimited minutes or texting or data. Even the most expensive plan which is the amigo kit which costs is 10,00 Mexican pesos. Which is about 100 in American dollars. Not everyone can afford to pay that over here and that plan which is the MOST expensive plan only gives us 100 minutes, 200 regular txt messages, 50 multimedia messages which include picture and video messages. And 2 gb of data. If u go over the 2gb they charge u 200 pesos a gb which is about 20 American dollars per gb. So yea we have it worse. The ONLY advantages we have is that over there are no 1 or 2 or 3 year contracts. Over here u just buy the phone of your choice choose a plan from the selection of crappy plans they have and that’s it u pay every month if u wanna cancel there are no cancelation fees believe it or not. So u can cancel whenever u want. So yea u guys complain about nothing.

    • Christopher Woodruff

      My understanding of Mexico is the richest man in the world lives there and has a virtual monopoly on telecommunications, so I could easily understand why owning a cell phone would suck ass there. Still, America is just as far behind Europe and Asia in terms of the quality of phones and overall costs.

    • Guest

      ZZZzzzz…who even mentioned Mexico…

      • Fatgurl23

        Why are u even alive?

      • Thesexygurl20

        @guest ur just jealous cuz Mexicans get better phones than us. Ex: they got the galaxy s2 MONTHS on a carrier over there well actually on 2 on telecel and moviestar MONTHS ago so far we haven’t seen it over here in the states. They got the nokia n8 since last year another phone we never had available on a carrier over here in the states. And many more phones I just cant remember which ones..

        • Nearmsp

          that is because in Mexico, like in China and India consumers buy their own phones directly and then choose wireless provider and company. Here we have different frequencies for Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile etc so phones are made just for those carriers and hence wireless providers subsidize their phones and lock people in to 2 year contracts in order to recover cost of subsidy and more. And finally we have a corrupt congress that takes money from lobbyists of companies and screws the American public. Al Franken the only honest senator has come out against the merger. The rest are corrupted and could care less for poor Americans being screwed by Corporate America. It is called Crony Capitalism.

        • KPMIL1967

          FIGHT THE POWER!!!!!

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ✔

          First off not a single American is jealous of any Mexican in any way, shape or form. If we cared about Mexico, we wouldnt have built a wall not to keep us in the USA, but to keep you out of it. We are not flocking to Mexico for anything other than dirt cheap shopping that we could likely get at Walmart. Consider it a favor we even go shopping in Mexico at all! 

          Second, no one is jealous over the Galaxy S II – Unlike your 2 or 3 carriers who got it already, ours is being perfected with NFC, better screen resolutions, and some models with REAL 4G, and is launching on SEVEN..yes SEVEN DIFFERENT CARRIERS – including prepaid no contract carriers. Again, no one in the USA is jealous of Mexico.

          Third, no one in the USA has used Nokia or their disposable crap plastic changable face plate phones, or their crappy Symbian OS since the early 2000′s. Are you next gonna say that Mexico is cooler because they can still roam on analog or something? Again, no one in the USA is jealous of Mexico.

          Lastly, no one cares about your plans on your carriers in Mexico. Not only can we roam without having permission from our carrier, we also can add Mexico as part of the local calling plan (long distance calling to Mexico is free), as native coverage (no roaming charges) while in Mexico, and some carriers even have unlimited data while roaming in Mexico (ie, Sprint and Nextel). Again…. you guessed it, no one in the USA is jealous of Mexico.

          One more time for effect… NO ONE IN THE USA IS JEALOUS OF MEXICO!

        • Guest

          You come off as real cool with this post full of win…. seriously you are a douche

        • Guest

          You come off as real cool with this post full of win…. seriously you are a douche

        • Ecko94

          I LOVED this post!!! Jealous of Mexico LMAO!!! I havent heard one American say I fleeing to Mexico, but I see about 20 new Mexicans in my neighborhood daily!

    • Test

      Telcel is not a good comparison to the US.  I lived in Mexico and I roamed there.  The data was fast because not many people can carry data plans.  so there is not much traffic outside of the mexico city or ther major meto areas.  

    • Kpmil1967

      Thanks for not coming north.

    • Kpmil1967

      Thanks for not coming north.

  • Anonymous

    if t-mobile already throttles, then we’re looking forward to more of the same?

    I don’t see how throttling is a negative when comparing AT&T to T-mobile

  • Guest

    Sounds like AT&T is picking up some of TMO’s bad habits like truly unlimited isn’t really unlimited. So much for my grandfathered plan.

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t an across-the-board change; they’re only throttling people with grandfathered unlimited data plans. Most people will still be paying overages for use in excess of 2 GB.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6JUK2RDOPHCULTIFWTNRVQ4PYQ JonathanW

    Thats not funny……..thanks dave

  • redking

    i dont think i wanna see the at&t merge becuse it would just make the cost higher

  • redking

    i dont think i wanna see the at&t merge becuse it would just make the cost higher

  • redking

    i dont think i wanna see the at&t merge becuse it would just make the cost higher

  • Buckleyhd

    are they merging or not i want an iPhone 

  • Kpmil1967

    Maybe you use NAFTA.