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AT&T and FaceTime - Why are you Surprised?

FaceTime over cellular from AT&T will only be available to Mobile Share customers: Customers who stay on a grandfathered unlimited plan or a tiered plan will be limited to using FaceTime over a WiFi connection.  (Via TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog) Not to be a jerk, or anything. But duh. You really thought AT&T was going to allow unlimited free long-distance video calls over their network?  I’ve been telling people for years that holding on to an old grandfathered unlimited plan was a waste of…

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Nice infographic from Tech Hive on LTE speeds

Infographic: 4G LTE speeds, Verizon vs. AT&T: The infographic below shows each carrier’s average LTE speed in the cities we tested where both LTE services are offered. The cities are ranked according to a composite score of AT&T and Verizon LTE download speed. (Via Tech Hive) The problem with average speeds in tests like this is that they mean almost nothing compared to your real-world performance. Now that I’m carrying an AT&T phone and a Verizon iPad, I have to say, Verizon…

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AT&T will begin throttling heavy wireless users on old grandfathered unlimited plans

> The company notes that “Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. via [appleinsider.com](http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/07/29/att_confirms_plan_to_throttle_heaviest_unlimited_data_users_oct_1.html)This is not surprising. And my guess is it’s just the beginning. Expect more stringent throttling soon. Lots of my friends and some prominent bloggers kept their…

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AT&T capping desktop Internet access. Cable companies will follow.

> How does AT&T defend the move? The company explains it will only impact two percent of consumers who use “a disproportionate amount of bandwidth,” and poses the caps as an alternative to throttling transfer speeds or disconnecting excessive users from the service completely. Customers will be able to check their usage with an online tool, and get notifications when they reach 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of their monthly rates. via [engadget.com](http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/13/atandt-will-cap-dsl-u-verse-internet-and-impose-overage-fees/)This impacts two percent of customers…

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Conspiracy Theory Regarding the AT&T Data Plan Changes

There’s something very curious about the 200MB Data Plus plan. That number, 200MB, wasn’t chosen randomly. Now that I’ve been reading all these bloggers out there (like my friend, Webomatica) posting their usage over the past six months, I’m noticing a pattern. Most people are right around that 200MB mark most months. As am I. Some months it’s 190MB, some it’s 230MB. But somewhere close to that number. Now, think about the price for overages. AT&T charges $15 more for an additional…

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