Have you been Throttled?

I have been "Throttled" on my unlimited data plan could it happen to you?  Bandwidth throttling is the intentional slowing of Internet service by a service provider. For the past 10 days I am getting an average of .5Mbps download speeds on my LTE connection, and .5Mbps upload. Yup, I have kept my unlimited data plan for years, and will not give it up. I hit 5Gig on my downloaded data about 10 days ago. I did not get any warning. I just noticed that my speeds were much slower than normal when I was on LTE with three to five bars. I used the speed test app by OOKLA, running the test five times to get my average speed for download and upload in an area where my normal speeds are an average of 15Mbps down. As you can see in the photo below, the photo on the left was taken on November 3, 2014, and on the right the "non" throttled speed photo was taken November 4th, 2014. NOTE: the billing period ended on November 4th, thus leading me to believe that since I am in my new billing period, I am no longer being throttled. Remember, I have been dealing with .5 Mbps for the past 10 days. This is not the first time. This has happened to me multiple times with no warning or SMS from the carrier telling me that I am approaching a threshold, and I am going to be throttled. Until this issue is addressed, so called "unlimited data users” will need to deal with this. What can you do to monitor your data usage? I have a quick reference below:

  1. AT&T: Dial *3282# on your phone and hit send. You will receive a text with your usage.
  2. Verizon: Dial #3282 on your phone and hit send. You will receive a text with your usage.
  3. T-Mobile: Dial: #932# on your phone and hit send. You will receive a text with your usage.
  4. Sprint: Download the Sprint Zone app.