This is a discussion on AT&T Adjusts Data-Throttling Policy in Response to Customer Complaints within the User News Submissions forums, part of the Apple iPad News category; Originally Posted by tlbaker "As noted above, I think cell carriers are blood sucking leeches. And the fact that they've found themselves with a problem ...
And if the carriers don't like it, they shouldn't offer it. "Unlimited" has a very specific meaning, and if that's not what they meant, they should have chosen their words more carefully.Originally Posted by Kaykaykay
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Absolutely. I don't get it at all!!! Guess they decided along the way that this is no longer profitable for them so now they want to ween people off of it.Originally Posted by KevinJS
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I see NO similarity between a company VOLUNTARILY offering an unlimited plan and a customer VOLUNTARILY purchasing said plan and the government FORCIBLY taking my money in the form of taxes and giving it to someone else in the form of health or education benefits, etc.
In fact, when AT&T says that you're still getting unlimited data... it's just s-l-o-w... Is when they sound a lot like what I'm used to hearing from the government...
This is a discussion about the issue of throttling unlimited data plans, not political opinions. Continued political talk will get this thread closed.
AT&T is throttling with the hope of containing those few that are taking too much advantage of it. Their idea of too much, and each user's idea is different. I have the unlimited plan, and with 4G, it is faster (4 times faster) than my wifi DSL. Yet, I will continue to use my wifi connection as much as possible. It may not mean a lot to the scheme of things, but just because you have an unlimited supply, does not mean you should be greedy about it.
All of the carriers are dealing with outdated plans and pricing for not just data. Verizon would love to kill my old Altel phone plan, just as there are others they find frustration with. By negotiation, I have a phone plan that would cost me $30-40 more if I were to buy it now. But to make everyone equal by government decree would mean my hard efforts in managing my accounts would be for naught. Yes, companies are by nature greedy. Competition is how we curb that greed.
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I expect companies to be greedy. And if my using unlimited as I see fit is "greedy," I've no prob with that.
Ha ha!!!Originally Posted by k7lvo
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The cell companies don't mind when someone buys a 1000 minutes/mo and only uses 400 of them. If someone were to complain that they weren't getting what they paid for, the response would be something like "So what? You signed the contract!" in fact, since their inception they have consitently sold more than they could supply! Their systems would have melted down if people had actually had the nerve to have used what they paid for! It seems to me a lot like going to the gas station and asking for 20 gallons of gas, then having the attendant only put 12 gallons in your tank (but CHARGE you for all 20) because they're pretty sure you're only gonna use 12.
Then, data comes along and "a few" (if we're to beileve the companies - I have a hard time believing that "a few" could choke the system) customers have the NERVE to actually try to use what they're PAYING for, they default on the contract that THEY designed.
Using my example above, when you pay for 20 gallons, but run out after using 12, somehow it's YOUR FAULT. What's wrong with this picture?
Without getting long winded about this, I have a "CONTRACT" with my carrier and I expect them to live up to it. If they break it, I have recourse. Read up on contract law.
If I broke my end of the agreement and wanted to leave, you can bet they would force their end of the contract.
Last edited by PaulCarleton; 03-31-2012 at 12:15 AM.