T-Mobile now gives you even more data before throttling compared to other US carriers


T-Mobile has a policy of throttling its unlimited data plan subscribers after amassing 28GB of traffic – comparatively generous, considering the average US carrier threshold for throttling unlimited data is about 22GB. With this in mind, T-Mo has quietly raised the threshold to 30GB within a single billing cycle. We got to learn that from a change inside an entry on the company's "About" page, which is as official as it gets unless the carrier issues a press release.

Mind you, hitting the 30GB limit doesn't mean that T-Mobile will instantly lower your data speed. Rather, you will simply be more likely to get lower speeds during peak times and events of network congestion, because your connection is being deprioritized. Once normal activity resumes, or you enter a less-congested area, your connection will return to the expected level.

Currently, T-Mobile is the only carrier to have increased its throttling threshold and maintain a significant leverage in users' favor. Comparatively, Sprint stays at 23GB while Verizon and AT&T start throttling at 22GB.

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9 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I love the one up game Tmobile is playing. Every time VZW tries to match them, they just change something. In the end tmobile customers are winning like crazy.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1844; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I don't mind handing my hard earned money over to T-Mobile every month...

4. kevv2288

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

T-Mobile is doing it the right way. They base it off of the top 3% of users data. I remember it used to be 26gb then 28 and now 30gb. So since mostly everyone on T-Mobile has unlimited data the number will keep going up as customer continue to use more data then befie.

5. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

T-Mobile is CRAP!!! They throttle on an account level.. Verizon has their sh!t together. They do it on a line level... why should mom and dad have to suffer because their teen got lost on YouTube? They don't! and even if a line uses all 22gb, they aren't going to be immediately throttled.. its only if they are in peak times or at a concert, or sporting event... T-Mobile knows they suck. that's why they give their customers free-bees on Tuesdays... Its their way of saying "we're soo sorry that we suck. here, have a pizza and shut the F up. Or better yet, go see a movie and get off our network for a minute!" HAHAHAAH. Silly little pinky

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Devil is always in the details, PSAfromThisGuy. You are correct, with VZW, it's 22GB (in congested areas) PER LINE, which is quite a bit of data.

7. kevv2288

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

T-Mobile does it on line level I have 2 lines and only one gets a text when you go over the cap. Also they only priotize in congested areas. I have the one plus international plan and have unlimited 4g LTE Hotspot. I have used 80gb on my line this month so far and I'm still get 50mps so idk wtf you are talking about but it's B.S.

8. MJZimmer88

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

@PSAfromThisGuy I believe you're mistaken. T-Mobile throttles at a line level. You can find a confirmation of this here: support.t-mobile.com/thread/134653?start=0&tstart=​0 Also, you're definitely wrong to suggest T-Mobile is crap... cause they're freakin' awesome.

10. goodmorrow

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

@PSAfromThisGuy Shut Up Meg.

9. Doomgar

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2017

tmobile does not have a single shared plan none share or throttle together

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