Is AT&T's throttling of the top 5% unlimited data users throwing loyal users under the bus?

AT&T's throttling of the top 5% unlimited data users is getting lots of press.

  1. AT&T customers surprised by "unlimited data" limit

    CBS News - 1 hour ago
    AT&T has some 17 million customers with "unlimited data" plans that can be subject to throttling, representing just under half of its smartphone users.
  2. AT&T throttling unlimited data users starting at 2 GB per month ...

    Apple Insider - 3 days ago
    By Mikey Campbell The story of an AT&T customer having his bandwidth throttled after transferring only 2 GB of a so-called unlimited data plan has created a ...
    Highly Cited: ATTs moral obligation: If you throttle it, help us count it‎ Houston Chronicle (blog)
    AT&T explains 2GB throttling of unlimited data plans‎ SlashGear
    AT&T reportedly throttlingunlimited” users at 2GB‎ Geek
    Dslreports - O'Grady's Power Page
    all 19 news articles »

  3. AT&T Says Throttling Policy Isn't as Bad as You Think

    New York Times (blog) - 4 days ago
    Mr. Cozen, who said he has an unlimited data plan, believed it was unfair to be throttled. He pointed out that the unlimited data plan costs $30, and AT&T ...
    AT&T Says Throttling of Unlimited Data Users Done on Case-by-Case ...‎ Mac Rumors
    AT&T tries to justify 2GB data throttling threshold for unlimited ...‎
    AT&T Throttle @ Bottle Not 2GB Data‎ Wireless and Mobile News
    GigaOm -
    all 6 news articles »

    New York Times (blog)
  4. 'Unlimited' data has limits at AT&T

    USA TODAY - 6 days ago
    Paul Sakuma, AP AT&T smartphone customers with unlimited data plans can experience ... The tricky thing with AT&T's not-so-new policy of throttling down ...
    Highly Cited: AT&T Starts Throttling Unlimited Data Users after 2GB of Monthly Usage‎ Mac Rumors
    In-Depth: Unlimited Data Plan Isn't as Unlimited as You Think‎ DailyFinance
    AT&T Starts Throttling Grandfathered Unlimited Customers after 2 GB‎ Gotta Be Mobile - BetaNews
    all 43 news articles »


Starting as low as 1.5 GB of data usage users can be grouped into this problem user base for AT&T.  It seems like AT&T is throwing some of its customers under the bus.

To throw (someone) under the bus is an idiomatic phrase meaning to sacrifice another person (often a friend or ally), who is usually not deserving of such treatment, out of malice or for personal gain.

Should we cheer AT&T's efforts to limit the use of mobile devices?  That's one way to go Green.  But, not a popular one.

Or do we hear the sounds of a class action suit?

Enough said. I'm pretty sure there is a class action lawsuit sitting on the table here...