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Thursday, March 1, 2012

AT&T Explains Changes to Throttling Procedures

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:25 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/01/...-3gb-or-5gb-fo/

"Anyone hoping for some truly unlimited "unlimited" plans is still out of luck, but AT&T has announced some changes (or a clarification, as it puts it) to its throttling procedures today that will at least give you a bit more room to work with."

Basically, if you are on an unlimited plan with a 3G phone, you get full data up to 3GB, but then you get throttled down until the next billing cycle. If on a 4G, then you get 5GB to use before the throttling begins. This has no effect on the tiered data plans, only the unlimited ones.


Monday, August 1, 2011

AT&T Apparently Has a Different Definition of Unlimited Than the Rest of Us

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 01:00 AM

http://allthingsd.com/20110729/atts...ting-throttled/

"So much for AT&T's grandfathered unlimited data plans.Confirming a report in 9to5Mac yesterday, the carrier said Friday that it will soon throttle its heaviest data users as part of an effort to alleviate congestion on its network."

Starting October 1st, if you hit the magic top 5% of data users, your speed will be throttled back until the next billing cycle, as a punishment for being a data hog, even if you are on the unlimited plan. If I was an unlimited user and they did this, I certainly wouldn't be happy about it. I guess you still can get all the data you want, but it would be at a slower speed. I would like to know what "extraordinary usage" is defined as by AT&T though, as that is the trigger point to get to the top 5%. It is certainly a worthless phrase if I can't quantify it, but they say they will give you a heads up before it happens so you can adjust usage during a grace period. What are your thoughts on this change by AT&T?


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Verizon Set to Cancel Unlimited Plans for Data

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:36 PM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...hone-5-details/

"Verizon CEO Fran Shammo told Reuters today that the carrier's unlimited data plans are no more. Verizon will introduce its new pricing strategy this summer, which will now be based on tiered packages - bad news for data hogs."

Couple interesting things about this announcement. One is that they talked about doing something along the lines of a family plan for data. The bigger thing is they gave details about the iPhone 5 saying "it would be a global phone (which Verizon claimed last month) - that it would operate on CDMA and GSM networks. He also mentioned the handset will launch on Verizon and AT&T at the same time, but couldn't give a definite answer about an LTE-capable iPhone 5. Shammo more or less said when it comes to 4G, the ball's in Apple's court." I'd wager he won't be invited to any Apple events anytime soon.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

AT&T Throws a Bone to it's Current Customers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 07:35 AM

http://www.maclife.com/article/news...limited_texters

"Thursday is Verizon iPhone day, and AT&T is celebrating with a tempting offer that may keep many of their iPhone customers out of Big Red's clutches -- a new, free calling feature called AT&T Messaging Unlimited with Mobile to Any Mobile Calling. The only catch? You need to have (or add) unlimited text messaging."

Called "Unlimited Mobile to Mobile Calling" by AT&T, it allows you free calling to any mobile number regardless of carrier, and it's available today. All you have to do is have a current unlimited texting and the correct calling plan (Nation 450, Nation 900 or Family Talk 700 or higher) and you can add this feature for $20.00 USD monthly on individual plans or $30.00 USD monthly for Family Talk plans.


Friday, January 28, 2011

AT&T, Are You Nervous?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/...ering-them-unl/

"Were you riding one of AT&T's unlimited data deals until recently? If so, this whole new Verizon iPhone thing is about to work in your favor, as the Associated Press is reporting AT&T iPhone users are being offered a sort of unlimited data amnesty: if they had it before, but switched to a limited data plan since, they can now have it back."

I kept my unlimited plan when all this changed since the only reason for switching plans was to get tethering, but I won't pay the $20.00 USD for it so there. How about any of you that did switch, did you get an email from AT&T offering you the unlimited plan? If that came with tethering I might pay the $20.00 USD but not on a limited plan.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks, Starting July 1st

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way...i-at-all-stores

"There's big Starbucks news today that may help customers more easily swallow those venti lattes which can cost more than $5 in some places - the chain is going to offer unlimited free Wi-Fi at all its U.S. locations starting July 1."

They are calling it the Starbucks Digital Network, and instead of having to purchase something tied to your Starbucks registration to get a few hours of wi-fi, starting on July 1st you will get unlimited free wi-fi access. Starbucks is teaming up with Yahoo! to create the portal, and they will offer access to various content providers including, among others, Apple iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! and ZAGAT.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Time Running Out to Get in on the Unlimited iPad Plan

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:50 AM

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/...ner=rss&emc=rss

"Since AT&T announced this week that it would eliminate its unlimited monthly data plans beginning Monday, June 7, some customers have been scrambling to get an iPad 3G with the hopes of signing up for the unlimited plan, which would be grandfathered in."

Word is now that AT&T will still allow you to sign up for the unlimited plan, until 11:59pm tonight, as long as you have purchased an iPad. Even though supplies are short, and you may not have it in hand, apparently at least ordering it before the deadline tonight will be enough to allow you to partake of the unlimited 3G plan. No word yet on the process for this, but if you were hoping to get on the unlimited plan, you still have a window of opportunity it appears.


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