FTC: AT&T slowed speeds of unlimited-data smartphone users

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    AT&T slowed the data speeds of millions of smartphone customers with unlimited data plans, in some cases by nearly 90%, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

    The agency filed a complaint Tuesday in federal court charging that the nation's second-largest wireless carrier failed to adequately tell its unlimited-data customers that the company reduces or "throttles" data speeds if they use too much data in a given billing cycle. Such throttling often made many common functions such as Web surfing, GPS directions and streaming video difficult or nearly impossible to use.

    "AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "The issue here is simple: 'Unlimited' means unlimited."

    AT&T quit offering unlimited plans for new contracts in June 2010, but customers who had unlimited plans could keep them.

    As wireless networks have improved, customers with unlimited data plans can gobble enough data to actually reduce overall network quality for the rest of a carrier's customers, says telecom analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/10/28/ftc-att-unlimited-data-charge/18060585/
     
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    Heard about that story this morning. Way late IMO.:ucoffee:
     
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    Bastards! Took me a week to clear 4GB of "other" space on my iPhone. Probably their fault too :mad:
     
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    I figured they throttled unlimited use anyway :dontknow:
     
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    It's getting to be re-god-damned-diculous.... :ucoffee:
     
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    I smell a class action suit. Prepare to get $4.00 in the billion dollar settlement, ATT users.
     
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    AT&T has arbitration clauses in their agreements prohibiting clas actions. It's been upheld by the U.S. SCT :grad:
     
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    And a coupon for 25% off select accessories.
     
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    Verizon Customer since 94
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    Ex Verizon employee :bigcry:
     
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    Is that where you recently got fired from or quit your part time gig? :jj:
     
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    Or are you confusing him with that ne'er-do-well @Gwarn1 ?
     
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    Nope. I've been in real estate for 2 years. It pays like a part time gig but it's full time.
     
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    Yes :facepalm:
     
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    Negs for you.
     
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    Seriously, ask Dawg to change your name. May I suggest "I Don't Sell Hot Dogs"?
     
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    My apologies :hat:
     
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    Yeah. That would be the same week that gwarn would change his to "I Don't Sell Bratwurst."
     
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