T-Mobile will restrain data-hungry LTE users who download torrents over LTE, too

T-Mobile will restrain data-hungry LTE users who download torrents over LTE, too
A fortnight ago, it became clear that Verizon is throttling down the download/upload speeds of its most active and data-hungry LTE users, which spurred a modest backlash against Big Red. As a result, the carrier had to answer directly to the FCC and its head, Tom Wheeler – the reason for the speed restrictions was the congestion of the LTE network. It seems that T-Mobile is going to jump on the same bandwagon and take a page from Verizon's book as well, because from August 17 onward, the carrier will throttle down those users who download torrents or indulge into P2P activities over the LTE network.

Fortunately though, said restriction will only apply to those users who are subscribed for any of the Unlimited High-Speed Data plans and don't conform to the carrier's T&C (Terms & Conditions). T-Mobile stated that it has already identified the biggest LTE data hogs on its network and will begin to inform them that they're abusing the terms and conditions they've initially agreed to. The download speed of these users then might be decreased until their next billing cycle, provided that they don't quit the misuse.

Talking about misuse, here's what's “misuse” according to John Legere and T-Mobile: “Using the Service in connection with server devices or host computer applications, including continuous Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that are broadcast to multiple servers or recipients, “bots” or similar routines that could disrupt net user groups or email use by others or other applications that denigrate network capacity or functionality.“

The main reason for T-Mobile's action is crystal clear – heavy users are reportedly causing “a negative data network experience” for the remainder of T-Mobile's customers, who are not as data-hungry. Will the FCC require T-Mobile to answer for its actions, just as it asked Verizon? We'll see.

Any thoughts? Share them right below!

source: TmoNews

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50 Comments

1. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Come to midtown Manhattan, NYC and you will see how congested cell/ data service gets on all carriers. Bandwidth is a commodity.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

Do it t-mobile I know few people who abuse the unlimited lte by tethering 1tb

6. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Now 1tb is ridiculous to say tge least, I i sometimes watch NFL football streams from p2p whenever I'm at work and I never use anywhere near 1tb, I probably used about 20gb max a month because while I'm at home I'm on my wifi network.

9. wilsong17 unregistered

So you should be good... I just saw a forum where people are racing to see who wasted or have the most lte use with pic.. people who tether like chill that may force the network to no give unlimited lte

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Wow that's freaking abusing. My family of 5 don't even get pass 400GB on our cable internet service per month. xD

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i believe this is the equivalent of buying a big mac from maccas and the people working there force you to eat it in a specific way !

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's hardly the same.

40. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

No. It's the equivalent of customers going to an all-you-can-eat buffet and taking home a box of food. Then the restaurant cuts them off. If you're torrenting, do it at home. There's no need to make that kind of mass data transfer on a mobile connection. It's excessive and clogs up the network.

5. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

This is just retarded if we are paying you $100 a month for unlimited everything then we should be able to do whatever we want without hiccups....twc gives you 15 mbps for half that and they dont care what you use it for follow them not vzw...

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You signed an agreement when you agreed to give your money to them. It only affects those who constantly abuse unlimited by tethering data like there's no tomorrow.

8. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

"...then we should be able to do whatever we want..." Dream on. Read a contract one day, please. If not on contract, they've all got rules of usage, too.

12. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

No one is on contract t mobile got rid of those, how can you abuse unlimited it has no limit therefore no restrictions if you wanna throttle then change the name and stop false advertising

14. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Your right! T-Mo no longer has contracts, but they still have a Terms of service (TOS).

33. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You get to use unlimited amount of data but the speeds can be throttled which is not the same as unlimited. Quite frankly, if you abuse the terms of service then you suffer the consequences. Wireless data is still finite at a given period in time as a tower and server can only handle so much.Like I said before it's a commodity.

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

If it's truly unlimited, then how can you abuse unlimited? Is it only unlimited once you get to the point it's called abuse? What in the world is going on? Looks like T-Mobile really isn't unlimited after all. What a shame!!! If you are going to say you are unlimited then guess what? As per Google unlimited means: un·lim·it·ed ˌənˈlimitid/ adjective not limited or restricted in terms of number, quantity, or extent. "the range of possible adaptations was unlimited" synonyms: inexhaustible, limitless, illimitable, boundless, immeasurable, incalculable, untold, infinite, endless, bottomless, never-ending More So bad T-Mobile, bad T-Mobile! You are pulling the wool over your customers head! Weak!

41. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Time Warner Cable is also cable-based. You can cram far more data on a cable than you can into a small slice of air spectrum.

46. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Maybe because TWC is a home internet provider and not a wireless company, there is a difference and one, wireless t-mobile, should be providing internet only and only to your phone, it is a privilege to have tethering, they are being generous given you a few GB of tether.

10. wilsong17 unregistered

Some of you if not most will take this the wrong way and I sincerely hope that you do not. I just cannot help myself by saying and I apologize in advance. ABUSING the system. I guess this is the reason why most other providers ceased unlimited data. Point is a company advertise free unlimited 4g. The service is being paid for so however much or however little you consume data shouldn't be a topic at all. Most people nowadays have home wifi which cuts down alot of data being consumed on tmobile network, for god sakes were on xda so no need to be high and mighty, if that's the case you shouldn't root your phine, it's not how the carrier sells it. Point is things like this service tmobile is offering may go just like Cingular now at&t did back in the day when there wasn't lyrics nearly as much data available to use.

11. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA​HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA​HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!​!!!!!!!!!!! All those T-Mo users trolling the VZW articals about how T-Mo has superior unthrottled data! Theres the pot calling the kettle black! And they dont even have the coverage VZW has! Maybe you all should read your TOS! /S

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Verizon sucks, move on... (from a non-T-Mobile customer)

19. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

AAAAWWWW! Did I hurt your feelings? ME SOO SORRY!

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Say it and mean it. :3

42. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Because everyone spends a great deal of time in rural Kansas, and should pay to support LTE over there... No carrier is for everyone. T-Mobile is for those who stick to cities and large suburbs.

44. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Yes, and eventually you will. Any one who believes that a corporation is for the people is an idiot. T-Mobile would charge just as much as Verizon does if they had a network of Verizon's size.

45. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They will only throttle those how shouldn't be tethering. Like those people who use hacked tethering programs to suck all the data from their phone and power it to their computers. There is a limit on tethering but those programs trick the phone. This is a huge misuse of tmobile data. They are NOT a home internet provider, you want internet at home get comcast/TWC/Verizon FIOS/ect, get your facts right before comparing tmobile to big red verizon

13. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I am of two minds. They are offering unlimited high speed, yet they are throttling? What a lie! Then I remember some of my customers who use over 150 GB per month, which affects MY speed. That's unacceptable! Which bothers me more depends on whether I'm feeling ethical or selfish.

15. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Either way, the days of unlimited data are coming to an end. Throttling and data caps are just two ways to describe commodity rationing, where bandwidth is the commodity. As long as file sizes continue to balloon, and as long as data streams faster and faster on the newest technology, unlimited data use is not sustainable in our world. That is why everything I've ever digitally collected fits just inside of 4GB, and I try not to add too much to it over time. I don't collect any digital format movies, nor do I collect lots and lots of large application files, and I only collect my most favorite music files. All of my documents, music, pictures, short videos, and source files collected from the last 20 years of my life fit inside of 4GB at the moment. If I needed to have mobile data, I could live on EDGE or 3G speeds... LTE is quite unnecessarily fast for me. I could get by with 1GB of data as a monthly allotment, and still have room to spare.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Cool story, Tron... ;)

28. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Haha... glad you liked it! 8-D

30. chengsae

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

do you fell better sleeping at night now?

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