Originally Posted by agent929
It's not discriminating really, its AT&T taking care of thier own before anything else. I'm sure it's an internal document so you won't see it. I'm not the only one on the forum that's mentioned that before (you can use the search function on the forums and google) and usually tier 3 knows their crap. They are very experienced techs.
Also it's not illegal to unlock your bootloader or do anything to your phone other than SIM unlock it without carrier permission.
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I've seen it mentioned before, but as with most forums, 5% of the posters are knowledgeable, 75% are parroting something they read someplace else, and the other 20% are just trolls. It would be great to have some actual proof that this occurs. I have two Note 3s, one from AT&T and one from T-Mobile, and if I use the same sim card, the speedtests are basically the same. They're definitely both inside the typical range for my home, though I realize this is anecdotal.
It would be discrimination if I signed up for service for AT&T and brought my own phone and they failed to disclose to me that I would be getting slower service due to bringing my own hardware. I'm guessing it probably wouldn't be legal, either. At the least, it's incredibly unethical. AT&T makes the money off the service, not the phones, so their interest in taking care of their own includes every subscriber regardless of hardware. Do you think they de-prioritize iPad traffic if you didn't buy your iPad in their store? Incredibly unlikely.