T-Mobile Will Pay $48M To Close FCC Investigation Into Limits On “Unlimited” Data Plans

T-Mobile Will Pay $48M To Close FCC Investigation Into Limits On “Unlimited” Data Plans

If you’re going to market “unlimited” wireless data plans, you’d better adequately disclose that, as the name might imply, you’re not selling unfettered access to all the data you could possibly use in a month. Otherwise, you could end up on the hook for millions of dollars in penalties and discounts. [More]

Court Throws Out Federal Government’s Lawsuit Over AT&T “Unlimited” Data Plans

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Nearly two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T for allegedly misleading wireless customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while simultaneously throttling their cellular connection speeds when they passed certain monthly thresholds. AT&T failed in 2015 to get the case dismissed in District Court, but yesterday succeeded in convincing a federal appeals court to throw out the government’s complaint. [More]

AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Plans. What’s The Catch?

AT&T Brings Back Unlimited Plans. What’s The Catch?

Years after ditching the unlimited data plans that it used to convince so many consumers to switch from boring old feature phones to the iPhone (and other smartphones), AT&T has announced it is bringing back its “unlimited” offering starting at $100 a month. Oh, but it’s only for DirecTV and U-Verse customers. [More]

AT&T’s Remaining Unlimited Data Customers Getting $5/Month Rate Hike In 2016

AT&T’s Remaining Unlimited Data Customers Getting $5/Month Rate Hike In 2016

It’s been years since AT&T stopped offering new unlimited data plans, but a number of customers have held onto their grandfathered plans for years — even as the company throttled their access for actually trying to use the “unlimited” data that was promised. Come February, AT&T will raise the price on unlimited plans for the first time in years. [More]

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T-Mobile CEO Tries To Explain $15/Month Price Hike For Unlimited Plan

While T-Mobile’s event-friendly news from Tuesday’s press conference was that the company was exempting a number of streaming video services from data caps, what wasn’t so loudly announced was T-Mo’s price hike for its unlimited data plan — from $80/month to $95/month for new customers. [More]

Sprint Changes Its Mind, Will Start Throttling Speeds For Its Greediest Unlimited Data Customers

Sprint Changes Its Mind, Will Start Throttling Speeds For Its Greediest Unlimited Data Customers

Is an unlimited data plan still unlimited if there’s a threshold marking the point at which your network speeds will be slowed down? Sprint seems to think so: after telling customers in June that it would no longer throttle speeds for customers on its unlimited plan using an excessive amount of data, today Sprint has changed its tune, and says it’ll slow down customers when they reach a 23GB monthly threshold.

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AT&T Tells Unlimited Data Customer Who Isn’t Tethering To Quit Tethering

AT&T Tells Unlimited Data Customer Who Isn’t Tethering To Quit Tethering

Tethering is using your smartphone as a mobile wi-fi hotspot. It’s a handy way to get online when you’re, say, stuck at the dentist’s office and need to turn in some work. It’s also against the rules for customers with legacy unlimited-data plans from AT&T, for obvious reasons. One customer who has one of these plans is currently fighting with AT&T: they want him to stop tethering, and he says that he isn’t. [More]

AT&T Unlimited Data Plan Now Tops Out At 22GB/Month Before Throttling

AT&T Unlimited Data Plan Now Tops Out At 22GB/Month Before Throttling

AT&T, which is currently fighting the Federal Communications Commission over a possible $100 million penalty for its practice of throttling data speeds for customers with so-called “unlimited” data plans if they used up more than 5 gigabytes of LTE data in a month, has decided to increase that monthly usage threshold all the way up to 22GB. [More]

Verizon Stops Throttling Data For Unlimited Wireless Data Plans, Doesn’t Tell Anyone

Verizon Stops Throttling Data For Unlimited Wireless Data Plans, Doesn’t Tell Anyone

For four years, Verizon has been throttling 3G data speeds for its few remaining “unlimited” data plan holders who dared try to take advantage of having access to supposedly unlimited data on their wireless devices. But earlier this summer, the nation’s largest wireless carrier quietly put an end to this supposed “network management,” but only because it has done such a good job of driving customers away from their unlimited plans. [More]

AT&T Faces $100M Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

AT&T Faces $100M Fine Over “Unlimited” Data Plans

Last year, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T over its alleged failure to disclose to subscribers of “unlimited” data plans that their data might actually be throttled. The future of that case is in limbo right now, but today the Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to fine AT&T $100 million over its unlimited data plans. [More]

AT&T Fails At Getting FTC’s Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

AT&T Fails At Getting FTC’s Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

Back in October, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T’s wireless division for allegedly misleading customers by charging for “unlimited” plans but then reducing data speeds after users passed certain monthly thresholds. AT&T subsequently asked the court to dismiss the case, arguing that the FTC lacks the authority to bring this type of lawsuit. Yesterday, a federal judge disagreed and sided against AT&T. [More]

AT&T Says It Can’t Be Sued By FTC Over Throttling Of Unlimited Data Plans

AT&T Says It Can’t Be Sued By FTC Over Throttling Of Unlimited Data Plans

Last October, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T, alleging that the wireless company failed to adequately disclose to its “unlimited” data customers that it could throttle their network speeds and that this throttling could slow their data speeds by upwards of 90%. In a recent court filing, AT&T claims that the FTC doesn’t have the jurisdiction to bring this lawsuit in the first place. [More]

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AT&T Calls Throttling Lawsuit “Baseless… Baffling”

Earlier today, the Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T over the throttling of wireless subscribers with unlimited plans. Not surprisingly, the Death Star isn’t exactly pleased with the lawsuit. [More]

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AT&T Sued By Feds For Throttling “Unlimited” Wireless Customers

A few years back, AT&T ticked off a lot of wireless customers with so-called “unlimited” plans by announcing that it would throttle data speeds for users who passed certain monthly thresholds. Though customers tried to sue in response, AT&T’s terms of service generally prevent class action suits from customers and force users into private, binding arbitration. But even though millions of customers can’t sue, the federal government can. [More]

Sprint Offers $60 Unlimited Data Plan That Won’t Interest Real Data Hogs

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Earlier this week, Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure tried to take a swing at its bigger and/or faster competition by announcing a shared data plan that gives you a ton of data… on a network that’s currently so slow you’ll never get to use it all. Now Claure and company are trying again, offering an unlimited data plan that’s cheaper than the competition but probably won’t win over savvy data devourers. [More]

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Straight Talk Users Sue Walmart And TracFone Over Throttling Of Unlimited Data Plans

Once again, a lawsuit calls into question the definition of “unlimited” when it refers to smartphone data plans. This time, the plaintiff claims that Straight Talk Wireless (a partnership between TracFone and Walmart) is effectively putting monthly data caps in place by throttling data speeds for users once they use a certain amount of data. Furthermore, alleges the complaint, users aren’t being told about the throttling until it’s too late. [More]

T-Mobile Has A $30 Unlimited Data Plan For People Who Aren’t Very Chatty, But Can Current Customers Get It?

T-Mobile Has A $30 Unlimited Data Plan For People Who Aren’t Very Chatty, But Can Current Customers Get It?

A growing number of smartphone users — especially younger folks — almost never use the “phone” part of their wireless device, but many of them have monthly plans that include a ton of voice minutes they will never exhaust. If that describes your phone behavior, you might want to look into a bottom-dollar prepaid option being offered by T-Mobile. [More]

T-Mobile Figures Heck, Why Not Start Offering An Unlimited Data Plan? We're #4 Anyway

T-Mobile Figures Heck, Why Not Start Offering An Unlimited Data Plan? We're #4 Anyway

After languishing in fourth place among large U.S. mobile carriers for so long, T-Mobile is starting to feel the heat from its smaller rivals and the pressure to actually try to compete with the big boys. So it’s picking itself up by its bootstraps and saying, “Ya know what, America? Here’s an unlimited data plan.” We see what you’re doing here, T-Mobile.

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