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AT&T has begun throttling data usage among top 5% of users

Back in November, I received a text SMS message from AT&T that said “Your data usage is approaching the top 5% of users. Use Wi-Fi to help avoid reduced speed for this bill cycle.” At the time, I figured it was a bit of an open-ended threat from AT&T that was supposed to encourage users to use Wi-Fi instead of their bandwidth, as we all know it costs AT&T money to supply the bandwidth, yada yada. Basically, it seems they are trying to improve their bottom line.

But I pay through my contract for unlimited data, that is how my contract is set up. Again, my contract — with AT&T — is for unlimited data. I pay them every month for this privilege.

So yesterday I get the following text SMS message from AT&T which reads “Your data usage is among the top 5% of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced.” WTF.



When AT&T says “may" they mean it will be reduced. As of today, I have seen a significant throttling of my data usage. For example, streaming anything is not even an option, as speeds move slower than a tortoise with a broken leg after a big Thanksgiving meal. It’s complete bullshit that my data is being reduced considering that I pay per my contract with AT&T, for unlimited data usage. On a related note, I saw this post from Oh Gizmo which states the same. So it appears AT&T is screwing everyone in the top 5%. I guess I am no longer part of the 95%, shit.

Has anyone else received this message as well? Have you seen changes in your speeds?  Let me know in the comments below, thanks.


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