AT&T To Throttle Unlimited Data Users After 2GB Is Used Per Month

Posted Feb 5, 2012

This past October AT&T had announced that they will start throttling the data usage for customers that were on the Unlimited Data Plan. Even though AT&T no longer allows Unlimited Data for new customers, many of the original iPhone buyers were grandfathered into the plan. These iPhone customers retain the unlimited plans even though AT&T has switched their existing plans into tiered data plan structures. It turns out that AT&T has started throttling these unlimited data users after 2GB of data is used now.

Initially AT&T said that they would be throttling the users that consumer about 10-12GB per month, which are about the top 5% of users. Over the past few months, AT&T has decided to reduce that ceiling. John Cozen repoted that he received his top 5% data usage warning after hitting 2.1GB of data in January.

I received a message during my last billing cycle, warning I was in the top 5% of my region and would experience reduced data speeds next time I reach that level of data use. I immediately checked my data usage on the AT&T iOS app.

2.1 GB. Less than I expected considering AT&T offers a 3GB plan for $30 a month. The same amount I?ve paid for the unlimited data plan since signing up with them many years ago. AT&T no longer offers an unlimited data plan, anyone still on it has been grandfathered in.

Cozen had contacted AT&T to make sure that this wasn’t a mistake, but the representatives of the company confirmed that 2.1GB fell in the top 5% range. This is ridiculous because AT&T currently offers a 3GB plan which is not throttled for the same price he is paying at $30 per month.