So since the 22 GB deprioritization (soft cap) is in effect, why you want to pay ULD plan? This is not really Unlimited plan anymore, you will get slowed down after hitting 22GB and mostly you will since most of us are in cities of AT&T congestion.
Any thought on this? Cricket stores themselves try to find explanation or idea to help customers understand more of this issue that it's not really unlimited anymore. Protecting network??
What is the point of paying $60 ULD plan since you know that once 22GB hit, you will not be able to use data as normal speed, it works certain part of town but no data another part of town, basically a guessing game where your data work after 22GB. Morning works then evening no data... I guess because congestion
Deprioritization is not throttling to 128 kbs (unless your carrier is US Cellular anyways). It simply means that if a tower is crowded with people, anyone who has used more than 22 GB during that pay period is probably going to wait for those other people who aren't over the 22 GB limit. If you are the only person on the tower, then there is a reasonable chance you won't notice a thing.
There is only so much bandwidth available for their customers. Like anything else, it's a shared resource.
I remember the days of 802.11b -- the more people on the wireless router, the slower the speeds for everyone on it.
Cable/DSL/fiber has exponentially more bandwidth available to their customers than wireless. It's the reason why wireless companies are paying billions of dollars to acquire more.
I think Cricket should call their $60 ($55) a 22 GB plan instead of ULD Once you call it 22 GB plan people understand that you get full speed and such till 22 after 22 you are not getting full speed due to deprioritization and congestion. It will save Cricket time and money at store or online trying to explain to customers what they will get with $60 plan.
Call it 22 GB plan instead of Unlimited.
TL;DR congestion is congestion, over 22 or not everyone feels it. Throttle is throttle, no matter what it's slow. Do not compare them.
They need to build in this protection otherwise you could have a few people running unlimited speedtests and streaming HD video 24/7 just because they can. I wouldn't put it past some morons to create an app that just streams 1080p video 24/7 just so people can make sure they are "getting their money's worth" even though they aren't watching it. Kinda like the fatty at the buffet who goes up and gets another plateful of food, then eats one bite and says "I'm full" and throws it away. But hey, it was ALL YOU CAN EAT so why would I even consider whether or not I might not be hungry enough to eat another full plate.....the "American way".....
No way around deprioritization even with ATT Post Paid Unlimited plans.
One trick that remains to be seen is if data resets when you switch plans.
The fact is deprioritization just means you are going to feel slow down on a congested tower first. If a tower gets congested enough then everyone is going to feel it. So it is not a cap ala the high-speed limited. It is threshold wherein your packets are pushed to the back of the queue. You may feel it, may never notice it.