T-Mobile business users can now choose to either pay overages or get throttled
But while we do see that this could actually be a limitation to some who want to have the most of their data at all times, even when they run over their monthly limit. This rings particularly true for business users, but some regular customers might also fit in this category. Good news is that now T-Mobile is bringing the option to choose whether you want your data throttled or you want to pay overages once you run out of your limit.
The new option kicks in only for business users initially. The overage fees still are pretty hefty if you use a lot of data and range from two to ten cents per megabyte.
The option to choose at a T-Mobile store for no overage fees is “overage-free,” while if you want maximum speed and you’re ready to pay extra you should sign up for “high-speed.”
The carrier’s data plans start from 500MB per month for $25 and go to as much as 10 gigs for $73. T-Mobile is deploying the plans for eligible business users by the end of July.
source: T-Mobile via TheVerge
T-Mobile Rolls Out New Business-Focused Mobile Broadband Data Plans
New Plans Allow Businesses to Choose Between Predictable Monthly Costs and High-Speed Data Access
Bellevue, Wash. — Jun. 27, 2012
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today introduced two suites of mobile broadband data plans to address the growing use of mobile broadband devices (tablets, laptop sticks and mobile hotspots) and the increasing demand for data among business customers. T-Mobile’s new 500MB, 2GB, 5GB and 10GB overage-free and 500MB, 2GB, 5GB and 10GB high-speed data plans address the desire of customers to select the plan that best serves their business priority – whether that is predictable monthly billing or access to high-speed data for a reasonable cost. Pricing begins as low as $19.99 per month for 500MB on the high-speed data plan. This is an attractive entry point for low-volume data users and in line with T-Mobile’s strategy to provide disruptive pricing for business customers.
For many businesses, predictable monthly costs are paramount. T-Mobile’s new overage-free data plans allow businesses to control the expense of monthly data usage with plans that slow data transmission speeds when users have used their data allotments instead of incurring overage charges. However, if maintaining the fastest possible data speeds available on T-Mobile’s network is the priority, the new high-speed data plans do not slow speeds as the allotment is reached, but instead apply overage charges ranging from $0.02 to $0.10 per MB depending on the data allotment selected.
“Over the past five years, the amount of data crossing T-Mobile’s network has grown by 146 times. This growth in data usage and the associated cost is top of mind for our business customers – from small businesses through large multinational corporations,” said Frank Sickinger, vice president of business sales at T-Mobile. “In combination with our portfolio of compelling 4G mobile broadband devices, the availability of our new overage-free and high-speed data plans empowers our customers to not only choose the right amount of data, but, more importantly, choose a plan that best addresses their business priorities.”
When connected to T-Mobile’s fast and dependable nationwide 4G network, T-Mobile’s portfolio of 4G mobile broadband devices provide business customers with fast access to the Web, e-mail, and other corporate assets and productivity tools while on the go. T-Mobile offers compelling 4G-capable tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.0 Plus and the T-Mobile® SpringBoard™ with Google™. The company also offers a selection of Hotspot devices and laptop sticks, including the T-Mobile® Sonic™ 4G Mobile Hotspot, the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot and the HSPA+ 42-enabled Rocket™ 3.0 USB Laptop Stick.
1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Translation: Business users can choose to get gouged or get screwed...
11. fraydoe (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)
lol if i was running a business i would definitely not have t mobile
2. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
What the carriers need is rollover data -- the consumer paid for the data, however the unused data is lost when is month is over. I have Verizon and they charge $10 per GB for overage meaning once you go over, bamm they hit you with the $10 fee. Now, if I don't use my monthly allotment, that is now my loss.
The carrier that offers 2GB or 5 GB plans with rollover data is the one that is going to win customers.
7. Fallout09 (Posts: 412; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Or the easiest solution would be to just go back to the "All you can eat model" for a set price.....
3. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 139; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)
They don't throttle you to EDGE they go down to GPRS speeds which you get .06mb/s. That's dial up 56k speeds which is basically useless. With EDGE I get about .25mb/s
4. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I have a friend who has been throttled before. His speed stayed at EDGE, so what you just said isn't necessarily true.
6. greathero1 (Posts: 458; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
Yeah, the phone was basically useless. It definitely wasn't EDGE speed either.
5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I personally think this a great idea because consumers should always have the option. It's like when banks decided a few years ago to give you the option of overdrafting your account & paying a fee or not being able to overdraft your account at all. More choice & customization = happier customers.
8. slaggyb (Posts: 183; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
It is very funny I used to be a t-mobile prepaid subscriber using a blackberry bold 9900 I used to pay 60bucks every month for bis and unlimited talk and text unlimited internet of which ma first 100mb used is at 4G speeds once I exceed 100mb ma data is trottled to 2G speed....Guess what I discovered simple mobile t-mobile partner prepaid company I pay the same amount but this time unlimited high speed internet, no throttling nor data cap is all unlimited for as long as you wana use the internet I connect it with my bb playbook via blackberry bridge and I use 1.5gb data like everyday...prepaid is the way foward get your phones at full price unlocked and you good to go I see no reason to be tied down to some carriers terms and conditions by signing 2yrs Contract and be in bondage....
9. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
That is a really good comment in highlighting how the carriers don't treat all their cutomers the same. You read about how the carriers rent out or sell capacity on their network.
I almost took the plunge for PagePlus on Verizon's network and I know people who switched to Red Pocket on ATT's network. It's almost like you can get a better deal by looking around. The downside is horrible customer service. I use Virgin and I've been pleased with the service for the past year.
10. LostInTheRed (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I just wanted to point out that the business plans for data are already higher than classic plans. 2GB/$37.99 business or 2GB/$20 for a classic plan. Could someone tell me why people would pay this much more to have a "business" plan vs just keeping a classic?