Starting October 16th, T-Mobile Will Begin Throttling Data Speeds for Certain Users

So T-Mobile is initiating a new policy on the 16th that is definitely going to effect this editor… T-Mobile will now be toggling data speeds for users that go over 5GB of data usage in a monthly cycle. Here’s the announcement:

Data Speed Reduction Threshold

Beginning on October 16, T-Mobile will begin to reduce data speeds when a customer reaches 5GB of usage in a billing cycle, in accordance with T-Mobile terms and conditions. This change should only affect extreme data users (less than 1 percent) and is being made to ensure that all subscribers receive the best Web performance available by limiting the number of extreme data users on our network.
The majority of T-Mobile customers should not be affected by this change. The new 5 GB threshold limit, which is equivalent to approximately 125,000 page visits, is enough bandwidth to satisfy most customers’ Web and data needs.
If a customer happens to reach the 5GB limit, they will receive a free text message informing them their data speed will be reduced. Customers will continue to have Web browsing capabilities but at slower speeds, which will be determined by their device type. Once their new billing cycle begins, data speeds will no longer be restricted.
Customers can track their data usage through My T-Mobile, MyAccount, or the SIVR.”

When I get that text message (and I will), I’ll do a speed test and let you know how much “throttling” T-Mobile has imposed on me.

I have to say though that even though they will be throttling speeds, if you compare that to the other major carriers (Verizon and AT&T), at least T-Mobile let’s me go over 5GBs without charging me for it. T-Mobile and Sprint are still the only two major carriers that offer unlimited data plans since Verizon and AT&T switched to a 5GB/2GB cap as their highest data plan (if a user goes over, they are charged per MB/GB).

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