AT&T Wireless Preparing to Throttle Your 3G Data & Social Experience

If you are among the many AT&T Wireless customers who still have a grandfathered “unlimited” 3G data plan, you should make it a point to read this AT&T press release:

An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans

If you are among what AT&T classifies as those among the top 5 percent of our heaviest data users in a billing period, you might see much slower data toward the end of each billing cycle starting October.

Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period.

AT&T notes specific activities that chew up 3G bandwidth: Streaming video apps, remote web camera apps, sending large data files (like video) and some online gaming are examples of applications that can use data quickly.. AT&T recommends heavy data users use a WiFi network as often as possible.

So, if you are consuming or sharing a lot of videos and photos and are on AT&T, be prepared to see things slow down.

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