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AT&T on Wednesday updated its website with a minor but noteworthy change to its throttling policy. The carrier says it will no longer throttle subscribers on grandfathered unlimited data plans in congested areas until they surpass 22GB of data in a single bill cycle.

The move represents a significant change from AT&T’s previous stance on throttling, which was to start slowing down unlimited data plan customers in high-traffic areas after just 5GB of usage, and it probably has something to do with the FCC’s $100 million fine.

In June, the US Federal Communications Commission announced plans to fine AT&T $100 million for unsuitable throttling practices. The charge was that the carrier had not “adequately informed” its customers that it would be dramatically slowing down their Internet.

In that light, it doesn’t seem like raising the throttling threshold will appease the FCC, but it’s still a win for AT&T users. With carriers applying pressure around every corner, it’s growing increasingly difficult for customers to hold on to their grandfathered data plans.

Source: AT&T

  • BillT

    I love this!!!

  • iPhoneWINS

    omg hell yeah

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Something to do with fine? Oh no my friend it has everything to do with that fine. They couldn’t care less about customer complaints. More than half of the fcc workers have att and got throttled. LMAO

  • Rick Hart

    Not an AT&T costumer. I’m a Verizon unlimited costumer and they don’t throttle at all. Think the fcc need to do a lot more

    • Rigs101

      Yes they do my lowest speed on verizon was .50 Mb in downtown San Diego but if you leave to some other site where it’s not congested your speed goes back to normal

      • Rick Hart

        Well it don’t ever happen over here in Williamsburg to Richmond Va.

  • Digitalfeind

    Ever since they were slapped with the fine I have been hitting well over 40gb a month. I just turn off wifi and I’m fine. This is great.

  • Juan Genao

    how many people are actually left that have grandfathered unlimited ?

    • BillT

      The many who took careful steps not to lose it.

    • Digitalfeind

      Me. It’s great. Glad I toughed it out. It’s definitely worth it.

    • f96lrs

      I do

    • Austin

      me. would never leave it

    • ReanimationXP

      me

    • Minnesota Fats

      I do!

    • I definitely am and always will be! It has been a hassle at times to have them not take it away, but I have always kept it.

    • Jordan

      Me

    • therealjjohnson

      Me!

    • Paul Meneshian

      me

    • igorsky

      Me. I see this as a loyal customer being treated as such.

  • I gave it up 3 weeks ago when they offered to drop my bill down by a 100.00 a month. Unlimited isn’t worth the costs, the new plans make things so much cheaper.

    • Pavelbure

      Congrats, you’re that one person that it makes sense to drop it. As far as cheaper goes, my bill would rise almost $50 if I dropped unlimited.

      • Merman123

        Are you 100% sure about that ?

      • Pavelbure

        Yeah, for the amount of data I use. I used their calculator on their website.

      • Austin

        mine would go up too.

      • You should go in and talk to them directly. Everything I saw online made it seem like I would pay more as well. I have 4 iphones left on my account, 2 had unlimited. Dumped the unlimited’s and grouped everything into 15gb share plan. Saved a 100.00 a month and now I can tether.

      • My bill would also go up if I were to switch plans too. Not sure where the OP came to the conclusion that he is saving $100 but I bet time, or his next bill, will make him change his mind.

    • White Michael Jackson

      Wait what? My friend who still has his unlimited data have been paying $70-80. And that is with 450 minutes

      • Paul Meneshian

        i pay 70 but thats cause they gave me a couple discounts on my bill.. still grandfathered in

      • I have 4 iphones on my account, 2 were unlimited. The whole package was just costing to much. Didn’t even notice they don’t offer minute packages anymore, so now everything other then data is unlimited for me. I don’t talk on the phone much but a few others on my plan do. It’s a win all around for me.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Oh ok. Single account versus multiple.

    • therealjjohnson

      Via the comparison they provide me in the MyATT app, it would cost me an additional $75 a month with the plans that are available now.

      • Well that stinks, sorry.

    • igorsky

      I pay $105 per month, including taxes, for unlimited texts and unlimited data (voice is pretty much unlimited with rollover minutes). Find me a plan that makes more sense than this one and I’ll take it.

    • adam1314

      It is much more in my case. It sounds great at first with the cheaper service, but if you add in an installment plan for each phone thats what makes it much more expensive overall. Also, we use a lot of data so that adds in the expense if we went to a family data sharing plan.

      • It definitely depends on the account and how you use it. For me it worked out, I still encourage people to check out the pricing to see what the deference is before jumping ship to another carrier. Totally get moving elsewhere or just staying with what is working. I just know, dropping a 100.00 a month has been awesome for me so far. 🙂

  • TwinSon

    If this was April 2013 I’d be ecstatic. I couldn’t take the throttling anymore (regularly used 15Gbs a Month) so I sold my Unlimited Line on ebay for $250 when I moved to T-Mobile. Congrats to everyone who still has it though, that’s a big win.

    • Digitalfeind

      You sold it on eBay?? I wonder what I’d get for mine now.

      • TwinSon

        Sure did. I still had a year left of responsibility on my contract so selling the line also got me out of paying the ETF. Then I sold my iPhone 5 for $450 so I basically got $700 to go to T-Mobile.

    • 10marcer

      if you don’t mind me asking, how did you go about selling it on eBay?

      • TwinSon

        Ya all I did was advertise my line with Unlimited Data for AT&T. Once I had a buyer, we got in contact & I called Customer Service to transfer Billing Responsibility of that line with that current plan to the buyer. Was pretty painless and I wasn’t going to just throw the data away. The best part was I was still under contract for another year so I basically dodged an ETF.

  • Andrieux Querido

    I hate AT&T

  • Minnesota Fats

    Woooo!!!

  • TwinSon

    Random Question. Anyone who pre-ordered the 6S / 6S Plus via their Carrier (Not through Apple) receive any new news regarding their order? I know it’s early, but hey, it’s the season.

  • William Melendez

    Hell yes !! So glad I didn’t drop it off my account : )

  • MrSolo816

    Best news I’ve gotten this week!!!

  • 10marcer

    Nice and literally 24 hrs after i got that dreaded text warning me was about to hit the 5gb limit

  • adam1314

    I was seriously considering leaving AT&T for T-Mo and then got this wonderful news. Looks like I will stick around a while longer until they finally get rid of 2 year contracts for good.

  • singhay559

    Its proly due to the dumb asses who gave up their unlimited plan freeing up more bandwidth.