T-Mobile Clarifies Throttling – Defines “Unlimited” as 21GB

T-Mobile news tracking site TmoNews has noticed a subtle recent change in the fine print attached to T-Mobile “Unlimited Data” plans. Last month T-Mobile began enforcing “Data Prioritization” that slowed down “customers who use more data than what is used by 97% of what all customers use in a given month” on congested towers – but it […]

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FCC Announces Plans To Fine AT&T $100,000,000 Over Misleading “Unlimited” Data Claims

The FCC announced today that it is planning to fine AT&T a hefty $100 million as punishment for AT&T’s misleading claims around its “unlimited” data plans. Even though AT&T has not offered new customers unlimited data plans since 2007, many existing customers have stuck with AT&T to keep these perceived valuable grandfathered plans active. But few customers ever […]

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T-Mobile Bringing Unlimited Data to Tethering / Hotspot Users

T-Mobile fan site TmoNews received some exciting leaked details of a change coming to all T-Mobile smartphone plans later this week: Unlimited Tethering Data In the past – not all T-Mobile smartphone plans included the ability to tether (via USB or by creating a personal hotspot). And those that did would cut off the tethering […]

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Unlimited Data Update: AT&T Eases Off Throttle, T-Mobile Slows “The Top 3%”

AT&T and T-Mobile have both made some clarifications this week on how they “throttle” their unlimited data users. Or rather – how they insist that they do NOT throttle. But in practice – though the word “throttle” is being avoided – the “congestion management” practices being applied to unlimited data customers will have a significant slowing […]

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Verizon Argues Against “Unlimited Data” – T-Mobile Argues Against Overage Charges

Earlier this week Verizon published an editorial on its official corporate blog, warning against the dangerous lure of unlimited data plans. Written by industry analyst Jack Gold, he makes the point that if customers had access to and actually used more data, Verizon would be forced to upgrade its network to handle the demand – raising costs. He […]

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Understanding “Network Neutrality” – Implications For Mobile Internet

Today the FCC voted to classify broadband internet (including mobile internet) as a telecommunication service, with internet now regulated the same way that voice networks have been – with providers classified as “common carriers” under Title II of the 1934 Telecommunications Act. The new rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking or throttling of any lawful […]

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FTC Throttles Straight Talk for Deceptively Throttled “Unlimited” Plans

The FCC isn’t the only federal agency making headlines fighting for mobile consumer rights this week. The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it has reached a $40 million settlement with TracFone, the parent company of popular prepaid providers Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America. The crime – deceptively offering “unlimited” data plans […]

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AT&T Fights For It’s Right To Throttle

In October we reported that the Federal Trade Commission was suing AT&T for deceptively selling “unlimited” data plans that were actually quite limited in practice – with data speeds throttled way back after just a few GB usage each month. Today – AT&T fired back with a motion to dismiss, claiming that the FTC has no […]

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T-Mobile Offers “Unlimited” Deals for Multi-Line Families

T-Mobile has just announced new “Unlimited Family Plans” that are a great deal – if you have reasons to want multiple voice lines on T-Mobile’s network. We love the way T-Mobile has been shaking up the mobile industry, and have long recommended T-Mobile as a great secondary network for nomads on the road. But T-Mobile’s […]

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Weekend Cellular Roundup – AT&T Double Data, Verizon UDPs and Millenicom

This past week has been waiting to see how the major cellular news in RVing world might resolve. Here’s a quick wrap-up. AT&T Double Data Deals – End Today Today is November 15, the day AT&T last announced they had extended their double data deals until. We’re seeing no evidence of them issuing a second extension as of […]

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Verizon Unlimited Data Plan & Millenicom Updates

Just a quick update to share what we’ve been hearing from folks navigating both taking over Verizon Unlimited Plans, and transferring their Millenicom accounts to Verizon. Verizon Unlimited Data Plans On Saturday we announced that we had heard Verizon representatives being told about an upcoming policy change that would make transferring an unlimited data plan […]

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Verizon Unlimited Data Plans No Longer Transferrable via AOL effective November 13

We have received reliable confirmation that Verizon representatives have been officially notified that effective November 13, Verizon is changing their Assumption of Liability (AOL) policy. Previously, whoever was assuming liability of an unlimited data plan would be able to keep the unlimited plan plan on an older style Nationwide plan. With the upcoming change, all […]

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Feds Sue AT&T For Unlimited Abuse

The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it is suing AT&T for deceptively selling “unlimited” data plans that were actually quite limited in practice. Even though AT&T hasn’t allowed new customers to sign up for an unlimited data plan in years, many AT&T customers have held on to their grandfathered unlimited plans thinking that they were actually […]

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Verizon Unlimited Plan Prices TANKING!

In the process of researching our guide to acquiring a Verizon Unlimited Data plan, I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few weeks closely watching eBay prices on these plans fluctuate. With Verizon’s announcement on October 1st that they were backing down on plans to throttle unlimited plans, I had actually been expecting […]

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