AT&T has begun “throttling” the data speeds of it s biggest users (which AT&T defines as the top 5% of data users) as part of its effort to migrate customers who remain on unlimited data plans to fixed data plans. Once a data user passes a specific threshold – which has been reported to be 2G in a month, but this is unclear – they experience a drastic reduction in their data speeds (as much as 99%), which lasts until the end of that month’s billing cycle. This makes their phones virtually useless for data applications. One customer has successfully sued AT&T in a California small claims court, accusing the provider of violating the unlimited data clause in its contract. AT&T is deciding whether to appeal. Verizon also has policy of reducing data speed for very high users, but only during peak times when tower capacities are being exceeded. Data speed is immediately restored when demand lessens.
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