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T-Mobile hints at raising the 5GB soft cap on its unlimited data plan

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T-Mobile hints at raising the 5GB soft cap on its unlimited data plan
Currently the 4th largest carrier in the US offers unlimited data plan that throttles down your speeds when you hit a 5GB soft cap on monthly usage.

It's a tried and true practice that many carriers worldwide employ. To fight with the big guns, though, which are rolling out LTE (Verizon) and HSPA+/ LTE (AT&T) like there is no tomorrow, one has to differentiate with value, right?

After the rumors that T-Mobile is lowering the prices of its Even More plans, now the carrier hints at changing or removing that 5GB soft data cap in a training leaflet for its reps too. It states that "unlimited plan for more than 5GB monthly data use will be launched sometime this year".

Make of it what you will, but it seems that T-Mo is either raising the cap (more likely), or removing it altogether.

source: T-MoNews

T-Mobile hints at raising the 5GB soft cap on its unlimited data plan

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posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:00

1. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, T-Mo has half the subs, or even less of Verizon or AT&T, so they should attract new customers with cheap and unlimited data plans, and then when there are network issues, just remove the plan....worked for AT&T.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:32

2. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I would like them to concentrate on opening a few more markets. I live in central IL, in a spot within a few hundred miles of St Louis, Indianapolis, and Chicago, with the U of ILL within a stones throw. T-Mobile ain't in our city or any of them close by. One less choice. Bums me out.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:50

3. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


YES!!! this 5GB really kills me lol i remember i hit it after a 2 or 3 weeks before my bill cycle ended

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:58

4. captainobvious (unregistered)


jeez dude what forbidden websites u be going on? lol jk do you not have wifi at your place or anywhere you go to?

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 22:40

5. vzwcapssuck (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Mar 2011)


This is one more reason I am watching TMobile closely. Verizon's rates are excessive and so are their caps. 7GB would make things interesting (2GB for phone + 5GB for laptop), and 8 to 10GB would be very convincing. I estimate per month I would need between 1.5GB to 3GB for the phone, and between 3GB and 7GB for my laptop.

Not being able to get coverage inside buildings, particularly the ones where I spend the most time would ruin it though. Still if they offer a $75 plan with 1000 + minutes that includes 10GB of data on HSPA+ I'll give TMobile a test drive. At that point I would want to join TMobile just to support good business practices. They already have offers of 1500 and even Unlimited Voice for $80 with 5GB. So the same plans with 7 to 10GB to use as you see fit, ie. phone or connected wi-fi device, I would sign up on principle just to support a B.S. Free Plan.

RE: captainobvious - 5GB is not all its cracked up to be. A ten minute news clip on CNN is about 30MB on a laptop. Normal Internet activity, online research, email, modest file transfers (attachments, occasional updates), and occasional video clips for an hour or two comes out to 100MB to 200MB. At a rate of 1.5 hours per day, using 150MB, for 30 days that comes out to 4.5 GB. If you start going over two hours a day too often you are going to blow right through that 5GB.

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