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AT&T's contracts for unlimited data users have always stated that restrictions could be applied

After catching some heat for throttling unlimited data last month, AT&T may receive a little less flack due to contract clauses that always stated it had the power to limit such services.

AT&T currently does not offer unlimited data plans for new subscribers. Instead, it switched to tiered data plans where a certain amount of data was allotted to customers for a set price. Currently, these plans are set at 300 MB/month for $20, 3 GB/month for $30, or 5 GB/month for $50. However, customers who did have unlimited plans before they were axed had the option to hold onto the unlimited package.

Last year, AT&T said it would throttle unlimited smartphone users starting October 2011, which was set to affect the top 5 percent of heavy data users. AT&T planned to slow data speeds once the customers reached a certain point, but never specified when that point was.

Just last month, AT&T unlimited users took to the internet when some realized that their unlimited data was throttled only after 1-2 GB. Some complained that they received notices from AT&T saying they were reaching their slowed point only after 1.6 GB, and others have said their download speed dropped to 256 Kbps after 3 GB of data.

Now, a website called TOSBack, which tracks changes to the terms of service of different companies, showed that AT&T has had a clause in its contracts regarding unlimited data plan restrictions since 2007 -- right before the iPhone came out.

"AT&T reserves the right to (i) limit throughput or amount of data transferred, deny Service and/or terminate Service, without notice, to anyone it believes is using the Service in any manner prohibited above or whose usage adversely impacts its wireless network or service levels or hinders access to its wireless network," said the clause in AT&T's contract from June 26, 2007.

Today's version is quite similar, where section 6.2 points out that AT&T can restrict those who negatively impact its wireless network.

"AT&T reserves the right to (i) deny, disconnect, modify and/or terminate Service, without notice, to anyone it believes is using the Service in any manner prohibited or whose usage adversely impacts its wireless network or service levels or hinders access to its wireless network," said today's AT&T contract.

Source: MacRumors



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AT&T
By adamlvndtx on 3/7/2012 12:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
First off, for those who say that customers should change their usage of their phone are wrong. If I sign a contract with a carrier for unlimited data and now that you have more customers than your network can handle-who's fault is that. NOT MINES!! ATT should not limit a person's data usage just because it "stresses" their network nor should a person be charged more just because they like to use their phone. It makes no sense to pay all that money and can't even use it because you stress the network if you look at your phone. I wish people would just leave ATT and go to sprint. Sprint may not have the best network, but it works and they are a lot cheaper and don't cry about data usage.




RE: AT&T
By JediJeb on 3/7/2012 3:03:18 PM , Rating: 2
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If I sign a contract with a carrier for unlimited data and now that you have more customers than your network can handle-who's fault is that.


If you sign the contract and even though it is called Unlimited yet within the contract itself it says they can limit your usage, then yes it is your fault and not AT&T's.

Is AT&T as guilty as many others for misusing words like "unlimited", you bet, but for those signing the contracts without reading them through, shame on you when AT&T decides you are going beyond the limits you agreed to. What AT&T should be hit with here are Truth in Advertising lawsuits instead of just whining about clauses in contracts that the signors did not read.


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