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Speed throttling coming to T-Mobile phones

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Speed throttling coming to T-Mobile phones
Speed throttling is nothing new. The T-Mobile Rocket, their first HSPA+ broadband card, would slow down if the user went over 5 GB of usage in a billing cycle. Now the same rule appears to be heading to cell phone users as well.

According to T-Mobile, any users that reach the 5 GB plateau on their mobile device will be subject to speed throttling. They claim that less than 1 percent of their subscribers go over that cap, considering those to be the “heavy data users.”

In any instance that the 5 GB cap has been reached, the user will be alerted via text message from T-Mobile that they will see reduced data speeds until their next billing cycle begins. Internet will still be accessible, but the speed could vary depending on the device being used.

Anybody out there that thinks they will get affected by this? It’s hard to imagine anybody using that kind of data on a phone, unless the device is constantly being used as a modem. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. Galen20K (Posts: 515; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Sounds fair to me really.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 18:43

2. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


I ran over 5Gb once cuz i was streaming video everyday during lunch hour to watch some show (not US channel) However, I didn't get any notice from T-Mobile that my data speed is going to be slowed down in any way. Maybe they are just starting to do that now..

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 19:13

3. theBankRobber (unregistered)


Well I guess Sprint might be next. Hell I pay for the $30 hotspot feature and streaming Netflix and playing online win my ps3 has got me to the 7.5gig mark. But i think people who are paying for any hotspot or teether should be allowed a true uncap data plan on any carrier

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 20:54

4. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


carriers disagree with you. cant have people running up that much data, you will kill the network. its not like comcast or fiberoptic where the bandwith is seemingly unlimited. My question is how would WiMax/Clearwire fare. Do they have a cap on their house services? Anything branded for house use shouldnt have a cap since its going to get used more. I understand the cap on "mobile" devices since they dont get used as much. But for this as it is.. its not out yet, its probably comming shortly though. A throttle down is much better than a data overage charge like ATT - VZW does.

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 00:08

5. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


Ur stupid verizon does not overcharge. U have an unlimited plan unlike att

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 08:32

6. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)


. The fine print in a recent unrelated email from Sprint had a policy that they can make changes without notice for users exceeding 300MB/month [everything data family 1200 plan]. I have 3 phones on the plan that always exceed 300MB/month and there has been no mention or threat or even rumor of a change. . I think that Sprint's 4G coverage will coincide nicely with the data spike that WP7 will bring and there will be no carrier issues for bandwith. Once all 4G networks are in place for all carriers, this will be less of an issue until the next leap forward in software and hardware. . We are at the pinch point in terms of network capability versus handset capability and user demand. Verizon with more users and much less 4G roll out had no choice at this time to throttle data and/or tiered data pricing. ATT has had to focus on 3g network expansion, tiered data pricing, and free femtocells. Sprint is actually positioned nicely with 120million users already covered by 4G, lower users to cause major data traffic, and free femtocells: they most likley can and will stick by thier position to have no data throttling and/or tiered data pricing. Especially given thier strategy to be the value carrier. TMob has HSPA+ to tide them over, but roll out is not expansive and they can not afford to lose the users they have due to quality issues from teh power users they gained with thier push on top end phones.

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 14:46

7. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)


not on aircard and mifis. its 5gb. the unlimited plans died about 3-4 years ago. blame world of warcraft.

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 17:30

8. jayinbee (unregistered)


the 300 mb/month thing you are refering to is for roaming data, not sprint data.

posted on 24 Nov 2010, 12:24

9. bonewax (unregistered)


I recieved the text message from T-mobile that I will be put on slowed data speed for the remainder of my billing cycle. Throughout the day, I use the phone to stream Pandora or Last.fm. I think its pure crap. If I'm paying for my data connection with an unlimited internet plan, then I should have all I want.

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