At&T to Put Cap on Unlimited Data Plans

For those of us with unlimited data plans on the AT&T network, things might start to change a bit – but only if we’re in the top5% of the company’s heaviest data users. Why? Well, the company has announced that, starting in October, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage puts them in the top 5 percent of data users.

Customers will still be allowed to use their data, and speed will be restored at the beginning of the following billing cycle, though. Also, AT&T says that customers who are reaching that top percentile will be notified multiple times and be given a grace period for usage.

So essentially, the company is putting a cap on unlimited data. But how much data use would qualify you for “top 5%”? AT&T says that “to rank among the top 5 percent, you have to use an extraordinary amount of data.” One year ago when AT&T switched to tiered data plans, the company said that 2GB satisfied 97% o their customers. However, since then, services like Rdio and Netflix have become more popular, and data users may use even more data. Still, 2GB is a decent amount to work up to.

No word yet on how slow your mobile internet will become once your breach their “limit,” but the provisions of the new plan emphasize that “normal users” won’t be affected by the slow-down.

 

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