AT&T Changes Mobile Data Policy, Starts Urging GSM Customers to Migrate to 3G
Published on: 2nd Mar 2012
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USA based AT&T is to change its mobile data throttling policy to only apply to users of "unlimited data" tariffs. The new policy will slow down mobile data access once a customer has exceeded 3Gb of mobile data traffic in any single month.
The new policy replaces an older one which was seen as less explicit about who could be affected by mobile data throttling as it applied to the "top 5% of users in selected markets".
The company is also seeking to refarm some of its 2G spectrum for 3G services to help in dealing with surging mobile data traffic. As a result, the company has started writing to some of its customers urging them to switch from older GSM phones to 3G models. The company warns that service reliability may fall in some areas.
"Your current, older-model 2G phone might not be able to make or receive calls and you may experience degradation of your wireless service in certain areas," AT&T warned in the letter.
The letters have only been sent to customers in the New York area, although the company said it might expand the campaign to other markets.