herrwaldorivera wrote: »
what part of "unlimited" is difficult for you to grasp? you used it correctly once then completely missed the point the second time. "unlimited" means no limits. that means no limit on speed and no limit on quantity/volume/whatever.
Do you cross your fingers behind your back when you make agreements?
It's reasonable to expect functional speed, and a speed equal to that of customers who did not purchase "unlimited data."
Have you even gone to a buffet restaurant and after first 15 min, they slow down the serving with a limited amount of foods from 10 items to 3 items and those run out all the times so you have to wait until the new batch? Is that still called "all you can eat"? All you can eat with limited foods...
What part do you not understand? Show me where AT&T said that the accounts were "unlimited" in all respects? The unlimited referred to the amount of data. They would show 500mb / 1Gb 3/Gb / unlimited or similar types of listings. "Unlimited" is obviously referring to the amount of data.
I am not condoning AT&T's throttling, but AT&T never offered unlimited speed.
Unlimited LTE data, mean you have to achieve the same damn speed the customers sign up with.
The article says, "The FTC alleges that the level of throttling has been "severe," with speed reductions reaching 80 to 90 percent of the advertised capacity." In context, the FTC apparently perceives the "Advertised Capacity" to be the standard which AT&T used to induce persons to choose their company over another, & talks specifically about throttling that capacity. It seems clear to me the FTC is focusing specifically on throttling speed, as you couldn't possibly use 30gigs of data at a 90% reduction. A microwave that also browns meat, advertised to quickly cook steaks for the whole family (pic of 4 steaks on one plate), yet takes 1 hour to cook 1 steak at a time only, 4 hours later, you would have that meal. Hence, the bait & switch analogy applies.
Problem with your argument is that ATT just announced that they would throttle only grandfathered plans just this last year. This throttling does not affect other plans that are limited. It also does not affect current more costly unlimited plans. Only grandfathered plans. I have 3 phones on plans that were grandfathered from before october 1st, 2009, and because of a court order ATT can not cancel these plans. I was told this by ATT. The throttling started just last year. It is an attempt by ATT to get people to cancel there grandfathered plans. There is literature on there website in there rules that prove this. You can look for yourself I have. I have 1 iPhone out of my 4 that is on a 3GB plan. It is never throttled in any way. If you go over 3GB they just make you pay $10 for each gig overage. But no throttling. (I know this is fact because it is my daughters iPhone and she has gone over several times).
My 5s has gone over 1 time and I was sent a text notifying me that it would be throttled. It was throttled so hard it takes literally 2 mins to load one web page. While my daughters in the same location (she has as 5s as well) is downloading at 25mb a sec. Mine is 40kb. I pay $30 a month for unlimited. ATT is literally, restricting my usage and limiting me to lower GB download.
Again this throttling is new and was announced just this last year. It has never happened before that and its sole purpose is to get me to drop my unlimited plan and go to a metered plan. They can kiss my ass. I support this decision by the FTC and hope ATT get there ass handed to them. Instead of reporting record profits like they have in the last 3 years, and punishing there loyal customers why don't they invest a sizable portion of that windfall into upgrading there poor performing networks. I can tell you why its because there greedy and don't really care about there customers.
Actually they start to throttle you at 3GB read here. Click the link on that page that says "About reduced data speeds"
chadbag wrote: »
Well, unless they stopped you from actually being able to download, I don't see how 'unlimited data" means unlimited speeds. It just means the amount of data. Slowing your data stream down but still not putting a cap on the amount of data is still technically "unlimited" data.
I am not condoning the AT&T practice but I think that the FTC needs a dictionary.
did you actually read what i wrote before you responded? the VERY NEXT line after your quoted text ends is me saying almost exactly what you just said.
Cingular bought ATT wireless then ATT and merged back into one happy family.
Still, it has only taken how long after the breakup of Ma Bell to get us back this close...