T-Mobile to begin throttling data speeds for those who go over 5GB as of October 16th

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It seems that T-Mobile is all set to begin throttling data for users that go over the 5GB monthly limit. The news is coming by way of an official statement from T-Mobile and reads as follows;

“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.”

With that, I suppose that if you are in the 1% that will be affected this may be bad news. But look on the flip side, they could be cutting you off or charging you overages.

Via [the unlockr]

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