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AT&T explains limits for 'unlimited' data plans

By Leeky
Mar 2, 2012
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  1. Why does the FCC let them call the plan unlimited if it has some arbitrary cap?
     
  2. ATT - Always Talking Trash (you may get up to 3gig, just like you may get up to 18mbs speed, but it never gets higher then 8mbs.
     
  3. How in the world does one use 3.8GB in 3 days just from streaming audio??? If it's a 128kbps stream, that's about 70 hours of streaming. Are you sitting in your car listening to radio 24 hours a day or something?
     
  4. Also, if you use netflix or other TV-based programs during work-outs on running/elliptical machines, it's very easy to use that allotment.
     
  5. he said each day, not 3 days. i assume he means for the entire month.
     
  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,675   +59

    @butch some people download games and movies.... not everyone has a desktop with their smartphone

    yeah 3gig is laughable think if your local isp did this there would be riots
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Just what exactly is going to use all this bandwidth if not data?
     
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Maybe AT&T should charge Internet service, for all those using their phone as such. Do you honestly think you can drop your Internet service and use your mobile phone to take up the slack without catching a backlash from the mobile phone company?

    I'm happy high bandwidth users are being capped. I'm happy traffic is being throttled. Why am I happy? I'm happy because it will help keep the price down for those who don't use much bandwidth and help keep cellular traffic regulated.

    I do agree with the unlimited bit, if they can't give unlimited service they should drop the title.
     
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    They should change the name. We have data caps here too on mobile Internet but at least they don't pretend it's unlimited.

    Btw for those talking about tethering, doesn't AT&T add extra bandwidth (something like an extra 2GB on 3G) if you have a tethering plan? Or are you tethering without an official tethering option?
     
  10. This is the MichelTellorization of USA.
     
  11. Why would you assume that when he specifically said, "I have already reached 3.8GB this month." This month is only 3 days old.
     
     
  12. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    You guys are kidding yourselves if you think 3 GB is a lot. Just streaming music 5 days a week for example for a couple or few hours at a time is more than 1 GB. Pop in Mobile Vids from time to time and you're getting close. I personally don't use that much but I'm not arguing that. Also, the term "Unlimited" should NEVER be used unless it's by the definition. I've been arguing this for years and I don't know WHY the FCC or whoever allows them to use it. I'm surprised there aren't any lawsuits yet.
     
  13. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Only Sprint has "Unlimited". What AT&T define as unlimited makes me laugh. Try and call their customer service line and ask them to explain it sometime. Its worth the wait just to hear them squirm a bit lol.
     
  14. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Enthusiast Posts: 343   +20

    Seriously? Just because YOU don't use it, automatically everyone who does doesn't have a life?

    It's called having children who won't quiet down unless they watch something on youtube, it's called watching a video while waiting 3 hours at the DMV, it's called downloading apps, updates, go on the internet and more. People have their uses, it doesn't mean they don't have a life.

    2GB fills up quick, 3GB isn't much more.

    YOU need to step back and look at your own life Mr. "Think I'm better than everyone else"
     
  15. its called playing mobile online games...
     
  16. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,675   +59

    infinity>3gb

    no one likes being lied too
     
  17. well is funny they call unlimited to a Data plan that in fact is limited... so they are liars.. simple like that... false advertising
     
  18. "The "unlimited" refers to data, not bandwidth. "
    Yes, just like this news story says. It would also be a problem if it were vice versa. It is because of this that it's not unlimited. That's the problem unless it were actually advertised for what it is....LIMITED.
     
  19. you could have access to all the data in the world, but if the bandwidth is too slow then there is no point now is there?
     
  20. So if they drop the rate down to 300 baud they can still say it's an unlimited plan. Obviously AT&T is misleading people. That’s what companies tend to do to get your money these days. There was a day when companies tried to provide a great service and received payment for it. Now it seems companies treat people like sheep and attempt to herd them in by using legal but misleading statements so they can extract money from them.
     
  21. It was Bill Gates who said users will never need more than 640K.

    Naturally, this statement backfired on him. Much later in a different press conference he asked the press members what was Microsoft known for? He was prompting for a Windows related response. Someone quiped. "The 640K barrier!".

    He did not like that answer. {|-p

    -Tron3
     
  22. 4 NetFlix movies on my Ipad and I'm done for the month...Money grubbin bastards!
     
  23. Sprint for the win.
     
  24. notice the sprint adds on the right side of this page lolz
     
  25. Read that AT&T indicated users can't launch class action suit because of throttled data. But enough victimized users complaining to the federal government for fairness just might get AT&T's attention. Especially if the federal government, already suffering from severe lack of revenue, hints at sanctions and/or fines totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for deceiving and luring the American public into contracts that were vague and misleading. It wouldn't be the first time the Feds levied enormous fines against those big bad billion dollar companies all in the name of justice.
     


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