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AT&T throttles iPhone data hogs to 2G speeds

2011-12-09 11:13 by
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AT&T has begun throttling heavy data users, as the carrier searches for strategies to ease demands on its network. A text message sent by AT&T to such a user says that "Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced."

AT&T has not made it clear how much data you'd need to gobble up to appear in the top 5 percent, but the carrier has said that such users consume around 12 times more data than the average customer.

Throttling data speed is a temporary measure until AT&T finds another way to gain breathing space in its network. The carrier’s bandwidth-enhancing plans include a planned merger with T-Mobile, but that deal is on shaky ground due to a Department of Justice lawsuit and pending U.S. Federal Communications Commission approval.

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