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AT&T’s new ‘unlimited’ plan sucks

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As of this morning, all four major wireless carriers offer data plans described as "unlimited" to all their customers. But while I'm reluctantly willing to describe the Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint plans as unlimited (despite some restrictions), AT&T's plan could better be described as a "22GB data plan but you can't actually use that data to watch pretty videos or do work on your laptop" plan.

Admittedly, it's not such a catchy description, but it does have the alternative benefit of being true.

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Chris Mills

February 17th

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Sprint proves it doesn’t understand what ‘unlimited’ means

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Sprint and T-Mobile both recently released unlimited data plans that aren't actually unlimited -- you can use a whole bunch of data, but you are limited to streaming SD-quality video and slow speeds for gaming. As part of a new plan that Sprint is offering you can now pay $20 a month more to stream video in full HD and game faster. This plan is called Unlimited Freedom Premium, which pretty much goes to show that Sprint didn't understand the meaning of the word "Unlimited" in the first place.

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Chris Mills

August 26th

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AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data

For the first time in ages , AT&T will offer customers an unlimited data plan. The catch? You need to pay for TV service as well.

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Mario Aguilar

January 11th

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AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Data

For the first time in ages , AT&T will offer customers an unlimited data plan. The catch? You need to pay for TV service as well.

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Mario Aguilar

January 11th

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Mario Aguilar

January 11th

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AT&T to increase price of grandfathered unlimited plans in February (Updated)

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AT&T subscribers who previously had unlimited data plans back in the iPhone 3G era and have managed to hang onto that plan are in for their first price increase in seven years, a source with knowledge of the matter has informed 9to5Mac.

Update: AT&T has now publicly announced the change. Additional information has been added below.

The price jump won’t be huge—the almost-too-good-to-be-true rate of $30 will increase to just $35—but it does open the door to further tinkering later down the line, which may make some customers a little uneasy. The change will go into effect in February 2016.

As is currently the case, talk and text costs will be separate from the data fee. Throttling thresholds will also remain unchanged, giving customers 22 GB of high-speed data before the slow-down kicks in.

For users who aren’t pleased with the new fare, AT&T has confirmed that it will allow customers to end their contract with no early termination fee within 60 days of the price increase.

For comparison, T-Mobile recently raised its own unlimited data price for new customers (but not existing ones) along with the announcement of its “Un-carrier X” offer, though that was a much larger jump of $15. Verizon also updated its own unlimited plan recently with a $20 price hike for all subscribers, making AT&T’s increase the most “generous” of the bunch.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, T-Mobile, unlimited data, Verizon

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Mike Beasley

November 30th

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Price increase coming for few remaining Verizon customers on unlimited data plans

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Verizon iPhone users still clinging on to their grandfathered unlimited data plans will shortly face a $20 price hike. The wireless carrier confirmed to CNET that it plans to raise the price of its old unlimited plan, meaning grandfathered customers will face a monthly data plan charge of $49. The price increase will take place once each individual contract expires…

VZW shifted away from unlimited data back in 2011, and since then, virtually all customers have moved on to the limited, tiered data plans as perks were taken away from the older plans. Only a very small number (less than 1%) of its subscriber base are still unlimited. Interestingly, Verizon has commented that some customers on unlimited plans would benefit from going on to a tiered plan, and many don’t stream or download enough content to justify being unlimited. Still, it’ll be a downer for anyone who still streams and browses morning ’til night and likes having a relatively low-cost, fixed-rate bill.

This is the latest in a trend of moves across the industry to restrict how much bandwidth customers are taking up. Keeping 100+ million people connected on LTE isn’t easy, and isn’t cheap for Verizon.

This isn’t the first time the carrier has tried to ‘encourage’ people to move to a tiered plan. In the past, Verizon has attempted to put in place a policy to throttle unlimited data customers who used too much data. It has also stopped unlimited customers from being able to get subsidized phones, or devices on monthly installment plans, forcing them to pay for the phones outright if they wanted one. Raising the bill by $20 is yet another move to make unlimited plan customers a little less comfortable, and crowbarring them on to a limited plan.

Verizon is expected to send out an official press release regarding its data plan changes over the next few hours.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: 4G LTE, data plans, iPhone, tiered data, unlimited data, Verizon

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Cam Bunton

October 8th

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Price increase coming for few remaining Verizon customers on unlimited data plans

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Verizon iPhone users still clinging on to their grandfathered unlimited data plans will shortly face a $20 price hike. The wireless carrier confirmed to CNET that it plans to raise the price of its old unlimited plan, meaning grandfathered customers will face a monthly data plan charge of $49. The price increase will take place once each individual contract expires…

VZW shifted away from unlimited data back in 2011, and since then, virtually all customers have moved on to the limited, tiered data plans as perks were taken away from the older plans. Only a very small number (less than 1%) of its subscriber base are still unlimited. Interestingly, Verizon has commented that some customers on unlimited plans would benefit from going on to a tiered plan, and many don’t stream or download enough content to justify being unlimited. Still, it’ll be a downer for anyone who still streams and browses morning ’til night and likes having a relatively low-cost, fixed-rate bill.

This is the latest in a trend of moves across the industry to restrict how much bandwidth customers are taking up. Keeping 100+ million people connected on LTE isn’t easy, and isn’t cheap for Verizon.

This isn’t the first time the carrier has tried to ‘encourage’ people to move to a tiered plan. In the past, Verizon has attempted to put in place a policy to throttle unlimited data customers who used too much data. It has also stopped unlimited customers from being able to get subsidized phones, or devices on monthly installment plans, forcing them to pay for the phones outright if they wanted one. Raising the bill by $20 is yet another move to make unlimited plan customers a little less comfortable, and crowbarring them on to a limited plan.

Verizon is expected to send out an official press release regarding its data plan changes over the next few hours.


Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: 4G LTE, data plans, iPhone, tiered data, unlimited data, Verizon

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Cam Bunton

October 8th

Apple

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AT&T doesn’t want to be throttled for throttling customers

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It seems AT&T thinks throttling the data speeds of customers without telling them about it isn’t such a big deal. The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T back in 2014 for “deceptive and unfair data throttling” after the company imposed caps on unlimited data contracts, beyond which it reduced their data speeds by almost 90%. The Federal Communications Commission joined the party last month, fining AT&T $100 million – and The Hill reports that the carrier now wants that fine reduced to just $16,000.

The Commission’s findings that consumers and competition were harmed are devoid of factual support and wholly implausible,” the company wrote in its filing. “Its ‘moderate’ forfeiture penalty of $100 million is plucked out of thin air, and the injunctive sanctions it proposes are beyond the Commission’s authority.”

The FTC had stated that it could legally have imposed fines of $16,000 per affected consumer, but that would have resulted in an “astronomic” fine, so chose to limit the total penalty to one large enough to deter future violations. AT&T had originally claimed that it was doing nothing wrong, but Ars Technica notes that the company amended its policy in May so that throttling was applied only when the network was congested.

AT&T has not offered unlimited data plans to new customers for some years, but has a small-ish group of customers who remain on grandfathered plans which remain valid for as long as the customer retains the plan.

Apple last month removed subsidies from both AT&T and Verizon iPhones, moving to plans where customers pay the full cost of the phone on an installment plan.

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Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: AT&T, carriers, data plans, data throttling, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, FTC, iPhone plans, unlimited data

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Ben Lovejoy

July 29th

Apple

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FCC fining AT&T $100 million over throttling unlimited data customers

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The Federal Communications Commission announced today that it plans to fine AT&T $100 million for throttling data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans. In its complaint, the FCC said the carrier “deprived consumers of sufficient information to make informed choices about their broadband service” which hurt competition…

The FCC claims that AT&T misled customers into paying for unlimited data without properly disclosing speed throttling policies which violates the Open Internet Transparency Rule. The formal announcement specifically outlines unlimited data plans offered by AT&T in June 2007 that were later discontinued in 2010.

The problem, according to the complaint, is that AT&T implemented a Maximum Bit Rate Policy on subscribers after offering customers the ability to renew unlimited data plans without properly disclosing the restriction. While advertising “grandfathered” unlimited data plans to customers, AT&T significantly lowered data speeds for these customers after reaching a certain amount of data usage per month as has been widely reported since.

The FCC says its proposed fine of $100 million is “based on the seriousness of AT&T’s apparent violations” as it proposes requiring AT&T adjust its practices to meet the requirements of the Open Internet Transparency Rule.

The proposed fine follows the FTC’s lawsuit against AT&T last year over its speed throttling practices on unlimited data customers. Just as the FCC has proposed the $100 million fine against AT&T over violating net neutrality rules, Time Warner Cable has become the first Internet service provider to face a lawsuit over newly implemented net neutrality rules.


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Zac Hall

June 17th

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