AT&T, the self-described "nation's fastest 3G network" may not be so fast anymore, as there have been rumors suggesting that AT&T has begun throttling 3G speeds across multiple regions. Although there has been no official statement yet by AT&T, these reports have sparked an uproar over at the Macrumors forum, noting "ten-fold" decreases in upload speed. When in the past, users were accustomed to 1Mbps upload speeds, seem to now be capped at 100kbps.
The list of affected areas so far include
This is certainly not a way to win over consumers, but then again AT&T doesn't seem to have a great track record in that regard. Remember, AT&T was the first major carrier to drop unlimited data plans, despite having arguably the worst coverage in the nation. Not to mention the reception issues with the Iphone 4 when "holding it the wrong way."NYC, Central Jersey, Boston, Orlando, Seattle, South Jersey/Philly, Columbus, Cleveland, West Houston, Phoenix, Northern Colorado, St. Paul/Minesota, Suffolk County/Long Island, Quad Cities, South Jersey, Denver, Detroit Metro, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Fairfax and Minneapolis
The idea of 3G throttling may not come as a huge surprise to some. If you may recall, back in October 2009 during CTIA, AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph De la Vega hinted at the possibility of throttling 3G speeds or data (via PCWorld):
So I guess this is one way to relieve some stress on AT&Ts network.3 percent of AT&T's smartphone customers use 40 percent of all smartphone data, that they consume 13 times the data of "the average smartphone customer," yet represent less than 1 percent of AT&T’s total postpaid customer base... "we have to manage the network to make sure that the few cannot crowd out the many,” De la Vega continued
Have you experienced a throttling of your upload speeds? Let us know.