AT&T is now getting ahold of their throttling plans by laying out the numbers which will get users put into the “reduced data scenario”. Instead of the sliding scale “top 5% of users” which often was people under 2GB, they now have a hard maximum of 3GB for HSPA users like those with iPhones and 5GB for their new LTE offerings. Users will receive a warning the first time but won’t get a notice thereafter.
The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T is working on a new service that will allow developers of mobile apps and content providers to pay for users data usage charges to the wireless carrier.
John Donovan – AT&T’s network and technology head provided the details of the service to WSJ at the Mobile Congress 2012 that kicked off today. He compared the service to the toll-free calling for mobile broadband.
AT&T has announced that it will throttle unlimited data plan customers starting in October.
Like other wireless companies, we’re taking steps to manage exploding demand for mobile data. Many experts agree the country is facing a serious wireless spectrum crunch. We’re responding on many levels, including investing billions in our wireless network this year and working to acquire additional network capacity. We’re also taking additional, more immediate measures to help address network congestion.
Good news, iPad 3G owners. If you were lucky enough to snag one of those coveted unlimited data plans with your original AT&T iPad, you won’t have to toss it when upgrading next week. The carrier has confirmed to us that those who currently have the aforementioned plan will be able to keep it on their account when upgrading to the iPad 2, which in turns gives you no reason whatsoever to turn down the opportunity. Except for the lack of a USB port, SD card slot and a screen that touts the exact same resolution as the first model, of course.
The United Kingdom will be one of the select markets where Apple’s new iPhone 4 shall be launching on June 24. The launch will also bring the iPhone to two new carriers – T-Mobile UK and 3 UK.
These carriers will join O2, Orange, Vodafone and Tesco to bring Apple’s new iPhone to users in UK.
While the addition of the two new carriers is good news for iPhone users, these subscribers may however have to forego their existing unlimited data plans soon. O2 has announced their latest tariffs that has replaced the existing unlimited data plan with a tiered usage-driven pricing structure.
AT&T just released their official iPhone 4 pricing information. You already probably know most of the details but here’s all of the fine print (below).
There’s naturally been a ton of feedback in the past few hours on AT&T’s new data pricing strategy, and the company has been responding to comments all morning over on its Facebook page; one of the key tidbits that’s come out of the discussion so far is that folks on the current $30 smartphone data plan will be able to keep that plan when upgrading hardware. Translation: yes, you’ll be able to get a new iPhone without switching to the $25 / 2GB DataPro plan if you so choose. What you won’t be able to do, though, is keep the $30 plan and add on the $20 tethering option — tethering specifically requires DataPro, so your hopes and dreams of a soft 5GB cap are quashed (unless you want to pay $30 for 3GB of overage, of course).