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AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

Data throttling is not a new concept, nor is it really an industry secret. Just about all carriers do it on unlimited plans, with the aim of keeping data hogs from choking the life out of bandwidth the proposed reason. AT&T claims to throttle when networks are congested, but a new report suggests that’s not always the case. As carriers try to move you away from unlimited data, these new findings show they might stop at nothing, but slow you down considerably.

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FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

With most data plans, throttling is something we all have to live with. At some point in the month, you might hit a threshold that downshifts your downloads, but to what extent? Most are left guessing at why that video won’t load, frustrated by the entire experience. Today, the FCC announces that T-Mobile has agreed to provide a clearer picture on what throttling means for you, and will release accurate details on throttled customer data speeds, rather than potential speeds your device isn’t getting.

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FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

Data throttling is nothing to overlook, especially for consumers. The FTC and FCC aren’t overlooking it either, with Verizon having fallen under their watchful gaze earlier this year. Now, the FTC has formally sued AT&T, claiming they deceptively throttled customers data. According to the lawsuit, AT&T throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers over 25 million times. In some cases, the FTC says data transfer speed was throttled by up to 90%! Even more concerning is that these throttling issues affect those on AT&T unlimited plans.

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This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

This ultra-fast Internet may beat Google Fiber to your home

Google Fiber offers mind-boggling data transfer speeds, but fiber optics require a massive build-out. That need for digging keeps Fiber from rolling out quickly, and gives the competition a chance to catch up where Fiber hasn’t made its presence known. That Gigabit speed via Fiber and other services is impressive, but also a bit of overkill. New wireless tech from Mimosa brings us all back to Earth a bit, but still delivers on impressive data speeds you’re likely not currently getting.

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FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

FCC pressure stops Verizon’s data throttling plan

Verizon was set to start throttling those users on unlimited data who had heavy data usage, but have reversed course. In response to heavy criticism from the public and FCC, Verizon is changing course, and will let those data hogs consume at their will.

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AT&T starts data plans for wearables with Timex

AT&T starts data plans for wearables with Timex

This week AT&T has begun releasing service plan pricing for wearables in ernest. It was only a matter of time before mobile data providers began showing off their plans for smartwatches and other oddities that’d connect with mobile internet. That time is now.

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Apple now offering iPhone upgrades on AT&T Next

Apple now offering iPhone upgrades on AT&T Next

The Apple Store might be the only place you need to go for your iPhone, as Apple has started selling their smartphone with AT&T’s Next program. With that, you can now walk into an Apple Store, put no money down on a phone, and walk out only paying a monthly fee on top of your rate plan.

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AT&T summons Gordon Ramsay to do their retail bidding

AT&T summons Gordon Ramsay to do their retail bidding

If you expected Gordon Ramsay to "start throwing things" in the AT&T video you’re about to see, you’re going to be disappointed. That’s what AT&T is hoping you’ll be wishing for, or at least expecting, while Ramsay also takes to Twitter for promotional tweeting in abundance. Promotional tweets are promotional, as they say.

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T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

T-Mobile going after heavy P2P data users on unlimited plans

If you’re tethering with T-Mobile, you might want to read through your terms and conditions. The carrier has reportedly sent an internal memo, suggesting they will take issue with certain folks who are tethering, and using their mobile devices on a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection. If that’s you, there may be consequences.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

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Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon to start throttling some heavy unlimited data users

Verizon has been trying to coax users away from unlimited data plans for quite some time. As users upgrade, Verizon has prodded them onto capped and shared data plans, trying to divorce them from unlimited data. The latest method the nation’s largest carrier is using might be their boldest yet, as Verizon has started throttling heavy data users on unlimited plans.

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AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s ‘Sponsored Data’ scheme gets a partner

AT&T’s scheme for sponsored data is taking shape. The carrier has teamed up with Syntonic Wireless, which will serve as a conduit for free roaming. What began as a trial run and a few partners is quickly blooming into a new platform.

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