AT&T removes hard cap for unlimited data plan throttling
If you’re an AT&T customer who remains grandfathered into an unlimited data plan, you know the pain you face every month should you go over 5GB of data. Despite your data technically being “unlimited,” it’s slowed to near-unusable speeds sometimes after passing that threshold – a nuisance to say the least, especially if using that much (or more) data is a necessity for you. Now, that unlimited data plan throttling cap has been removed by the carrier, in favor of other network optimization techniques.
The policy that was the most recent capped 3G/4G (HSPA) usage at 3GB, and 4G LTE usage at 5GB, for each unlimited user, at which point their connection speeds would slow despite the ability of the networks they connect to. The new policy keeps the same 3GB and 5GB numbers, but states speeds will only slow if the network a customer’s phone is connected to is congested at that period of time. So yes, slowing will continue, but it’s a lot more fair on both ends of the deal now.
While we would prefer simply having unlimited, un-throttled data, that option doesn’t look like it’ll be coming back anytime soon. This is the best AT&T still keeps alive, so we’re thankful for its existence at this point.