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AT&T Introduces New Free Data Saving Feature

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AT&T recently introduced a new free and optional data saving feature that will be available to popular plans under its AT&T brand and prepaid arm, AT&T GoPhone. The new feature, called Stream Saver, will be available early next year and does not require any plan changes or extra steps to be done.

The feature allows users to watch more videos on their smartphone or tablet while less data is consumed. This is done by streaming most higher definition video at a quality of 480p, similar to DVD. As a result, the feature is able to help make data last longer and be used further.

Once the feature goes live, it will be switched on for customers who are eligible for it. But if you prefer not to use the feature, you can easily opt-out by heading to myAT&T. You will only need to opt-out once and not have to worry about it again. De-selecting the feature does not come with any charges. For multi-line accounts, it can be controlled line by line.

According to the press release, AT&T will be sending a message to each of their customers letting them know that the feature is already available. The message will also contain information on how customers can switch it off or back on.


Source: AT&T

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  1. This is not zero-rated data, and nothing that we can't do ourselves; lowering the resolution to consume less data. Not that I am unhappy with AT&T, and they have just given us more included data.

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    1. I don't know if it's just certain phones, or just my stupidity, but I have to go into control settings 3, 4, 5, 6 times trying to reduce resolution on Youtube, but it reverts back to default everytime (Moto X Pure 2015).

      480p is more than enough even for a phablet phone. Samsung & LG TV's at 720p is plenty good enough (Other TV brands not so much so).

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    2. "480p is more than enough even for a phablet phone."

      You must not have ever tried watching sports on your phone. 480p vs. 720p makes a big difference.

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    3. bah! sports?! so what!

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    4. "bah! sports?"

      yeah, nerds don't know nothing about sports and wimmin.

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    5. haha sports is for ignorant cavemen who don't know how to spell women.

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    6. AT&T network capacity must be strained, so they come up with this data saving solution as a short term cheap fix. Less mobile data consumed = less possibility of data overage charges or less reasons for customers to buy more data.

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    7. To continue your example, Anonymous 11/14/16 at 4:36 AM:
      Find a way to lower the consumption of data so people don't leave for T-Mobile where the Binge On and Data Saver options keep them from overages. I suspect the AT&T network is just fine, but then have to find a way to keep accounts, and charging for overages is not the way.

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  2. T-Mobile and MetroPCS have been doing this and it's called Data saver or bingon

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  3. Still the offering from AT&T is stingy when compared with Boost and Metro.

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    1. T-Mobile is the stingiest: they give you video for free from a few approved providers, and fine you for consuming video for the remaining vast majority.

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  4. Sounds like a cool feature for users that refuse to use Opera or UC Browser, or even turn on the data saving features of Chrome.

    Also interesting because Deezer for Cricket uses a similar scheme to ensure that audio plays smoothly on throttled connections. That isn't an option on the regular version of Deezer (Deezer is preinstalled on Cricket phones).

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    1. I turned on the so called data savings of Chrome and it started to download 9 gigs every night when i slept

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  5. Re saving data on AT&T, does anyone know of a speedtest app that sends a fairly low fixed amount of data, and measures speed based on the time to complete (not data sent in a fixed time)?

    I just used Speedtest.net for two tests, and was charged 171mb; speed was over 33 mbps down and 20 up. This bumped me into a higher monthly price tier!

    I thought it was a fluke; turned off all other background cellular data use, reset the cellular data counter and tried again. Phone hit 60+ mbps down and recorded 85 mb cellular data use.

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    1. This is way I still use a rotary phone.

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    2. Um... yeah. Just turn off cellular data on your smartphone, Mr Rotary.

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    3. dslreports.com/speedtest uses about 6 meg per test

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    4. I don't know for sure how data light/heavy it is per test, but the FCC app caps non-WiFi data at 100mb per month by default. Once you cross this limit, the app will ask if you still want to do a test.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samknows.fcc

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  6. No new articles from Dennis or Christine since last Friday. Hopefully they are fine and just taking a long weekend off :) .

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