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Throttling unlimited data plans is pointless, study finds

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

AT&T’s questionable policy with regard to unlimited smartphone data plan holders recently found its way back into the limelight following a new wave of subscriber complaints. The nation’s No.2 carrier no longer offers an unlimited data plan to smartphone users, though many subscribers on its network still have grandfathered plans that provide an unlimited amount of smartphone data each month. Subscribers who approach the top 5% of unlimited data users in a single billing period see their data speeds throttled, however, and countless users have found that AT&T is now beginning to throttle users after less than 2GB of data usage in a billing period. According to a new study, subscribers are right to be furious at AT&T because throttling does nothing to alleviate network bandwidth issues. Read on for more.

Wireless bill analysis firm Validas extracted data from more than 55,000 cell phone bills belonging to AT&T and Verizon Wireless subscribers from 2011, and the firm sought to determine whether or not data throttling is necessary. According to Validas’s findings, throttling may indeed simply be a ploy to push unlimited users into newer tiered plans.

“When we look at the top 5% of data users, there is virtually no difference in data consumption between those on unlimited and those on tiered plans—and yet the unlimited consumers are the ones at risk of getting their service turned off,” Validas wrote in its report. “So it’s curious that anyone would think the throttling here represents a serious effort at alleviating network bandwidth issues. After all, Sprint does seemingly fine maintaining non-throttled unlimited data for its customers.”

Verizon Wireless subscribers on unlimited smartphone data plans actually used less data on average than those with tiered plans according to Validas’s data. The opposite was the case at AT&T, however the difference was 0.78GB on average and median data usage varied by 0.53GB.

AT&T is not the only wireless carrier in the U.S. that throttles smartphone data speeds for unlimited data plan holders, of course. Verizon throttles the top 5% of unlimited data users and T-Mobile throttles its smartphone subscribers after 5GB of data usage in a single billing period. AT&T has drawn the most attention of late because it has been throttling unlimited data plan holders after less than 2GB of usage in many cases. AT&T offers a 3GB tiered plan for the same $30 per month that unlimited plan holders pay for 2GB of full-speed data or less, however the tiered plan offers 3GB of full-speed data.

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Acer’s Aspire One 722 kitted with HSPA+, sold by AT&T

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Sleek and svelte Ultrabooks and tablets might have stolen the limelight from ye old netbook, but that doesn’t mean the less glamorous category is completely bereft of all signs of life. Take for example, Acer’s Aspire One 722. Sure, the 1GHz AMD C-50 powered, Radeon HD 6250 wielding netbook’s internals got more pizzazz in an updated Europe-only edition, but that didn’t stop AT&T from taking the original and giving it a new beginning thanks to shiny new internal WWAN module. Up-to-date silicon it is not, but it could be yours for just $40 a month — provided you sign your life away on a two-year, 3GB per month, contract. Or alternatively, the HSPA+ redux can be had for the unsubsidized price of $450. Decisions, decisions. Pull the trigger at the source link below.

Acer’s Aspire One 722 kitted with HSPA+, sold by AT&T originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer’s Aspire One 722 kitted with HSPA+, sold by AT&T

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Sleek and svelte Ultrabooks and tablets might have stolen the limelight from ye old netbook, but that doesn’t mean the less glamorous category is completely bereft of all signs of life. Take for example, Acer’s Aspire One 722. Sure, the 1GHz AMD C-50 powered, Radeon HD 6250 wielding netbook’s internals got more pizzazz in an updated Europe-only edition, but that didn’t stop AT&T from taking the original and giving it a new beginning thanks to shiny new internal WWAN module. Up-to-date silicon it is not, but it could be yours for just $40 a month — provided you sign your life away on a two-year, 3GB per month, contract. Or alternatively, the HSPA+ redux can be had for the unsubsidized price of $450. Decisions, decisions. Pull the trigger at the source link below.

Acer’s Aspire One 722 kitted with HSPA+, sold by AT&T originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II family portrait, plus one in a box

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

With the simultaneous launch of three Galaxy S II phones in one event, a family portrait is a given. Well, except T-Mobile decided that its variant isn’t quite ready for the limelight just yet, so with that one we could only get a side-by-side shot with our very own European version outside the acrylic box. Anyhow, here you have it, the three “new” Galaxy devices plus their foreign cousin finally together, sort of.

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Samsung Galaxy S II family portrait, plus one in a box originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Why Anonymous Isn’t LulzSec [Hackers]

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Dell offering free Venue Pros to employees in exchange for their BlackBerrys

Friday, November 5th, 2010

You’d think working for a big tech company would have its gadget-related perks and in Dell’s case that’s very much true. The big PC vendor has demonstrated its commitment to building up its own smartphone services by offering to trade employees’ old and busted BlackBerry devices for the shiny new hotness that is the Venue Pro. If everyone takes up Round Rock on its offer, there’ll be 25,000 RIM smartphones looking for new homes soon, along with a sprightly start to Windows Phone 7‘s time in the limelight. The Wall Street Journal reports this’ll cut Dell’s mobile communications bill by a quarter, thanks to no longer having to support BlackBerry servers, while also noting that Android variants will be made available in the future as well. Where there’s Lightning, there’s gotta be Thunder, right?

Dell offering free Venue Pros to employees in exchange for their BlackBerrys originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Nov 2010 06:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Citrus budget candybar outed by Verizon, sports Android 2.1 and Blur

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Motorola must’ve been real busy lately. Sharing the Verizon limelight with the Droid Pro today is this new entry-level Citrus candybar, which is actually the WX445 we saw exclusively back in July. Sadly, said handset will still be shipped with a slightly disappointing Android 2.1 OS and Blur skin, but hey, we did say it’s entry level, right? The good folks over at xda-developers will probably Froyo-lize the phone in no time, anyway. Not much else is known right now, but bear with us while we look out for more deets.

Motorola Citrus budget candybar outed by Verizon, sports Android 2.1 and Blur originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Telus joins the fun, gets itself an iPhone this November

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Not that we’re surprised, but Bell isn’t the only Canadian carrier stealing the iPhone exclusivity limelight from Rogers. Telus is proudly proclaiming on its home page that it, too, will have the iPhone 3GS in November. No word on prices, but we doubt the companies will stray too far from the current trends. Now that the playing field’s a bit more even, may the best carrier (or the one with the best advertising, at least) win!

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Telus joins the fun, gets itself an iPhone this November originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Oct 2009 22:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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