Revising the Limits for the US's Unlimited Mobile Data Downloaders

Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 02/03/2012 20:26

Sometimes, all-you-can-eat does not mean all you can eat.

Smartphone users who try to get the most out of their devices are learning exactly what that means, even while paying for plans that promise unlimited consumption.

Some of the nation's largest wireless phone companies are getting around those plans by slowing down a smartphone's Internet transfer speeds for heavy users. The practice serves as a backdoor limit of data by making some downloads impossible.

To read this New York Times report in full, see:
www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/technology/some-wireless-carriers-revise-limits-for-the-unlimited.html

Also see:

AT&T Ends All-You-Can-Eat: Flooded With Web Data, No. 2 Wireless Carrier Puts Cap on Heaviest Users
AT&T Inc. pulled the plug on its all-you-can-eat plan for smartphone customers, telling subscribers they will see much slower speeds if they exceed a new monthly usage cap.

The new limit, which applies to some 17 million subscribers, means users of the No. 2 U.S. carrier have little choice but to start paying more as they download more video, stream more music and use more apps.
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203986604577255532947217336.html

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