T-Mobile business users can now choose to either pay overages or get throttled

T-Mobile business users can now choose to either pay overages or get throttled
T-Mobile might be the smallest among the big four U.S. carriers, but once you run out of data on it, you don’t get to pay the costly average fees like on some other carriers, but instead get throttled to EDGE speeds until your new billing period starts. That’s the way data works for T-Mobile regulary users, and that’s how it works for T-Mobile business customers, and we love it.

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



1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Translation: Business users can choose to get gouged or get screwed...

11. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

lol if i was running a business i would definitely not have t mobile

2. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 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 unregistered

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: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Yeah, the phone was basically useless. It definitely wasn't EDGE speed either.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

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: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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: May 03, 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?

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