If you’re an AT&T customer grandfathered into an unlimited plan (like I am), and you use a lot of data, you may soon be getting an interesting unfortunate text message from the carrier. AT&T is reportedly following through with plans announced in July to throttle the internet speeds for the 5% of heaviest users.

The text reads in question reads “Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced.” And if you happen to receive such a message, you should prepare to have your data speeds slowed to 2G numbers, which is absurd.

It is important to note that, according to Cult of Mac, AT&T really only intends this policy to effect “jailbreakers on unlimited plans who are using tethering Cydia hacks to get around subscribing to AT&T’s official tethering plan,” though it’s unclear if this is actually the case.

If anyone happens to receive this special treatment (or if you already have), I’d be interested to know whether your running jailbroken software or stock iOS.

Do you guys think this is fair, or should AT&T just eliminate unlimited plans all together instead of making users pay for something that they aren’t really receiving? Comment below

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