Are you one of the lucky few who were able to hold onto their unlimited data plans when AT&T switched to tiered data plans.  Well prepare to find out that AT&T is going to be throttling your data speed if you are one of the top 5% data users.  So how much data do you have to use a month to be counted in the top 5%? 2.1 GB….

AT&T calculates their top 5% by adding everyone on their service using data plans.  So the people that are still on the unlimited plans that use more than 2.1 are also added to this list since most of the users on tiered plans are paying for the 2GB (and now 3GB plans).  The catch is that the people on the tiered plans will not be throttled, only the unlimited data ones.

So how is this far? Well as many know, AT&T let the switch to tiered plans in which Verizon and T-Mobile (sorta) followed in.  The whole point of the tiered plans is to take some stress off of the network.  It was also supposed to help people with data speeds since there should be less people constantly downloading things.  So basically it was to control the people. So back to my point.  AT&T sees the few still on their unlimited plan as threats to the network.  Throttling is their way to help control the amount of data people are using.

While AT&T’s idea in throttling makes sense, it does seem wrong just to metaphorically tell people that they are not favored by the company and will be punished accordingly.  What do you think about AT&T’s latest move? Do they have the right to slow down your usage if you use over 2.1GBs or is it plain wrong? Let us know what you think below.

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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
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