T-Mobile customers can now get throttled data speeds on a speed test

T-Mobile customers can now get throttled data speeds on a speed test
T-Mobile has reached an agreement with the FCC, that will allow its customers running speed tests to see real network data speeds, even when they are being throttled. In June, T-Mobile made using certain speed tests, including the popular Ookla Speedtest.net app, exempt from counting toward a customer's monthly data cap. At the same time, the carrier said it would not throttle the data being analyzed by the speed test apps. The FCC felt that this might confuse newly throttled customers who would see a non throttled data speed appear on the Speedtest app.

T-Mobile will have the changes fully up and running within 60 days. As part of the agreement with the FCC, T-Mobile customers who hit their monthly data cap will receive a text message that will contain a link to a speed test that will show a customer his throttled data speed. This way, he will know exactly how slow his data speed really is. In addition, customers who do hit their monthly data cap will receive a text telling them that speed tests might show full network speeds instead of the throttled speed that they are experiencing.


T-Mobile also agreed to make some changes to the information that appears on its website. The site will explain T-Mobile's new policies regarding speed tests and will include information on how to access accurate information regarding data speed.

source: FierceWireless

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12 Comments

1. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

What legitimate purpose could they have for showing unthrottled speeds on a throttled account?

2. wilsong17 unregistered

To make them suffer... dumbass downloading torrent

3. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

After a user crosses their data threshold, their data will be throttled, therefore, torrenting doesn't hurt T-mobile's network on a data-limited account.

4. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

none its dishonest, but good marketing

6. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

How is it dishonest to show actual unthrottled network speeds for someone that's throttled because they used their 1, 2, 3 or 5GB data cap?

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Huh, what? I don't.... Oh, OK. I get it.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"T-Mobile's new policies regarding speed tests and will include information on how to access accurate information regarding data speed." Lol. The games never end. This is a a good reminder that the "un-carrier" is merely somewhat less evil than the "carriers".

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They need a better picture. My LTE speed with Tmobile is just about literally 3x what is shown in that pic.

12. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

you must live in a lucky area

9. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Tom Wheeler the son of satan when it comes to a free internet

10. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Back when I had T-Mobile I was throttled down to .06mb

11. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

When more and more gets revealed about the US data practices, I can't for the life of me understand how it is legal, or even close to legal, throttle people when they go over their data, and load balance the rest of the time, no problem?

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