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AT&T Throttling Data Speeds For Top 5% Of Users

December 9, 2011

According to a report by Cult of Mac, AT&T is now throttling data speeds for iPhone users who are consuming lots of data.

AT&T said earlier this year that they planned to start throttling the speeds of some accounts starting in October.

The company said that the move should only effect those who are using a hack to tether their jailbroken iPhones to get around having to pay for AT&T’s official tethering plan.

When a user reaches their limit before being throttled, AT&T sends a message that says: “Your data usage is among the top 5% of users.  Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced.”

It is unclear how much data needs to be consumed before becoming part of the 5 percent of users. However, AT&T did say that users who reach this limit consume about 12 times more data than the average customer.

The policy only affects subscribers who still have an unlimited plan, which was offered up until the iPhone 4.

AT&T said that it expects to reach a new record of over 6.1 million smartphones sold in the fourth quarter.  The company activated over a million new iPhones in just the first five days of the device’s launch in October.

AT&T was recently ranked the worst cell phone carrier for the second year in a row by Consumer Reports.  Verizon Wireless topped the research firm’s list.

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Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports