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Rumor: AT&T to Begin Throttling Top 5% Heaviest Data Users

Something you don’t want to hear on a beautiful Friday morning – AT&T may be getting ready to throttle the top 5% heaviest data users on their network. The rumor, which is all this is at this point, didn’t imply whether or not those on tiered plans would be affected. We’d imagine this would be tailored to grandfathered unlimited users as they aren’t paying for a set amount of data, but again, this is a rumor so we really don’t know. It all originated from Gizmodo. Yes, you have permission to prepare torches and pitchforks.




  • lynyrd65

    So wait, AT&T is going to both charge you more for going over your limit and throttle you. Man, this battle for the worst carrier seems to really be heating up.

    Go Verizon, Go!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Blestsol Michael Williams

      Im telling you…

      Att is looking worse everyday.

      First they charge you outrageous prices for data then charge you too much for going over and throttle you Lol.

    • dbcad7

      If you reread the story/rumor.. There is no “and”.. You have the charge for going over your plans limit.. OR you get throttled at some point if you have a plan that has “no limit”.

    • http://cityboytech.wordpress.com cityboytech

      Go Sprint!

  • BenChase7

    Throttling AND Data Caps!!! Now We’re Talkin!! (ATT, You really suck @ss.) Looks like the T-Mobile customers really have alot to look forward to, also.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      Well look at it this way. Once you are throttled it will be harder for you to go over your cap.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mtcisme Michael Christopher

        But if they don’t have a cap….. or throttling is the result of going over their cap (if they have one)…. they that is all they have to worry about. No extra fees… which I guess is nice?!

        FUCK YOU AT&T!!!! It is our data…. we paid for it! The government (IE Taxpayers) payed for the expansion of all these cell phone networks anyways…. all this is bullshit… and something needs to be done!

        I say we stick it to them….. Root our phones… cancel our voice minutes…. and just use data and VOIP services.

        Google Voice Number + Groove IP App from Market + Rooted Phone = NOT HAVING TO PAY FOR CELL PHONE MINUTES!

        People in every other industrialized nation are laughing at this/at us….. because we get taken to the cleaners every time we try to be mobile and productive.

        This is keeping our citizens from reaching their full potential!

        ILL SAY IT AGAIN!! FUCK YOU AT&T…. YOU WILL NEVER GET A CENT OF MY MONEY! YOU TAKE CONTROL OF T-MOBILE…… WE I LEAVE T-MOBILE! I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE! TREAD CAREFULLY YOU PIECES OF SHIT!!! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WONT TAKE THIS LYING DOWN FOR MUCH LONGER!!! MONEY IS TIGHT! I BET A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO SECOND GUESSING THEIR NEED FOR A SMARTPHONE!!! YOU STILL READING?!?! DIDN’T THINK SO!

        • SkeetSkeet88

          Well said, I agree 110%

          • http://profiles.google.com/mtcisme Michael Christopher

            Thanks for your support Fellow Open Sorcerers!

            Keep it up everyone… maybe enough comments like this and a real AT&T Rep will see this.

        • mrsbelpit

          I’m with T-Mobile now. I will never in a million years be an AT&T customer.

  • SirSpammenot

    Funny I hadn’t noticed any throttling today… (says the frog on the stove).

  • aaronajp

    Verizon announced that they will be doing the same back in February, so AT&T is not alone here.

  • http://profiles.google.com/srambo68 shane rambo

    Sprint 80 a month no overages no throttling unlimited everything.
    But I hear nothing but hate. Sprint works great for me every were i go even 4g on the beach in so cal.ATT i never here anything good about them at all if they didn’t have the iphone first they would be behind t-mobile

    • Psylocke0834

      I was surprised yesterday, when I went to Huntington Beach. 4G was very strong anywhere on the beach! :)

      • http://profiles.google.com/srambo68 shane rambo

        that’s the beach im talking about us open of surfing starting soon.I work a lot of events there.On a side not just got a email from t-mobile stating we get to keep are rate plans when or if the merger happens. I have two lines with t-mobile one with Sprint so some good news

        • Psylocke0834

          I’m sure T-Mo will try their best to keep the pre-merger plans alive…for how long, I don’t know. Eventually, AT&T will have the final say, so, good luck, I guess. :)

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    good they should be throttle..This wouldnt need to happen if people just got internet for their house..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xorg-Kc/100000867435778 Xorg Kc

      so much for using a smartphone for its intended uses. sprint looks to be the only carrier that actually embraces and encourages using the full features of smartphones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/moondrius Nolan Smith

    I was already being throttled on ATT. I could not go over 300kbs download on my Atrix as a brand new customer.

    • http://twitter.com/j0nathanO Jonathan

      im using atrix as modem and have speed of 675kbs i live at puerto rico

  • http://twitter.com/teardropcity teardropcity

    I HAVE OVER 1300 PEOPLE STREAMING NETFLIX AND DOWNLOADING TORRENTS 24/7 OFF OF MY ROOTED MOTOROLA FLIP AND IT IS MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT, AT&T CANT STOP ME!!!!

    • ReverseRoxas

      You sir, have my eternal respect. ^_^

  • Guest

    AT&T has the US by the balls. If this buy out does go thru, Sprint will be swallowed up very fast. There is no way Sprint will be able to keep up with Verizon and AT&T. I hope they can, I am always for the underdog. Sprint offers a great plan and good service if you are in their 4G area, that is their problem, their 4G footprint has not increased in over 2 years. I hope their LTE Network really works out for them but the time they get it up and working the other two giants will have begun their domination of the market. This is very sad for the US market. If Google bought up T-Mobile then we might see some serious competition. That would be just fantastic. Just a thought, come on Google.

    • Psylocke0834

      Or…what about Sproogle? LMAO! Maybe that’ll take care of Sprint’s misery. :)

    • ReverseRoxas

      Don’t you worry about Sprint once unlimited LTE is out. :)

  • Michael St.Charles

    whats throttling?

  • http://claimid.com/155 155

    So are they just going to take the top 5% everytime or is there a numerical limit?

  • Immolate

    Reality check. AT&T isn’t going to throttle anyone who is paying by the Gig. If you’re on a tiered plan, they are going to let you have all the data you want (to buy) at the best possible speeds. It’s like printing money. Why would they want to slow it down? Throttling will be for the unlimited folks only, even if they say otherwise. Having a crappy network doesn’t make you stupid.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Fuck u att for getting rid of my unlimited data plan!