Network speed testing apps won't count against T-Mobile customers' monthly data allowance

Last week, we told you about T-Mobile's Music Freedom, which allows customers of the nation's third largest carrier to listen to tunes via certain streaming music sites, without it counting against the customers' monthly data plan. Now, T-Mobile has announced that it won't throttle the data used by its customers who are running Ookla's Speedtest app, even if the customer is over his data cap. In other words, data used in running the app won't count toward a T-Mobile customer's monthly allowance.

Besides the app, other apps in the same vein will also not count against a customer's data cap. Part of the reason for T-Mobile to allow its subscribers to run these speed testing apps without being throttled, is because they allow the carrier to show off the speed of its network. In January, results from the Speedtest app revealed that T-Mobile had the fastest average 4G LTE speeds in the country. That was the same result that users of the Open Signal app came up with a few months later.

In addition, T-Mobile explained that it is not violating net neutrality rules since it is not treating the data from speed testing apps differently than the data from other apps. The carrier admitted that it just wants to show off the speed of its network to customers.

source: FierceWireless



1. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

That 124.23 mbps

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It was on Wifi not T-Mobiles network.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I get 110mbps at home thanks to Comcast.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

cool i already have unlimited data through them... by far tmobile is the best us carrier almost use 80gb a month viva note 3

9. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

What do you do to consume 80 GBS? I assume you tether and do not have home HSI. I travel for work and use my phone a lot but don't touch that amount. Also I would suggest you take a trip around the Midwest with me an tell me if T-Mo is the "best" US Carrier. They maybe good in the big cities but in between their a joke.

11. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

well obviously this poster doesn't take trips around the Midwest. They get service where THEY go thus making the TMO service the best for THEM

3. palmguy

Posts: 983; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I need to be on that carrier. Get to the web page before I even click on the page.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is a great idea, something I've been thinking about for years. Naturally, the next step would be for data from app store to not count against Data Limits.

5. tyger11

Posts: 295; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The fastest I've seen on T-Mo so far is 69 mbps (seen this more than once), but it's always over 14mbps, and usually over 20. I'm pretty happy with my $30/mo plan (5GB).

6. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The $30 plan is by far the best bang/buck plan out of all the US carriers.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I would do it, but it is only 100 minutes of talk....

14. twistedcross

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Get the "Viber" app. You can call any United States phone over wifi or 4g data for 1.8 cents a minute. It lets you buy time blocks for as little as 99 cents and, of course, the minutes never expire, so it's like having monthly rollover. Viber to Viber calls and texts are always free. There's also Skype's $2.99 monthly plan, effectively making the plan unlimited everything for $32.99 (with wifi/data signal).

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Google Hangouts offers unlimited calls to any landline or cellphone in the US for FREE!

19. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Only on the iPhone. Google chickened out before carriers and on Android calls via Voice or Hangouts use plan minutes.

18. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Or just get the Vonage app for unlimited free calls to US numbers.

13. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I've hit 71-75 consistently in upstate NY. That was before they upgraded that to 150 Mbps LTE, so gonna see how that flies, next time I'm in the area.

10. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

63.72mbps D/L 20.51mbps U/L was the fastest I've experienced here in Los Angeles. I'm on Unlimited Everything for $70/mo. T-Mobile is simply the best.

12. agentoj

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 29, 2009

TMobile is awesome. Only thing is the iPhone MMS issue for group messaging(not the imessage issue). TMobile still hasn't fixed the issue for me.

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I really wish they would fix that already, it is a constant problem for me.

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