T-Mobile plans to Speedbump Heavy Data users

October 14, 2010 - Written By Scott Beard

T-Mobile has  released a statement explaining how it will handle customers who reach more than 5 GB of data per month. If whats said is true, beginning this Saturday October 16th, if you exceed the max, your data speeds will be reduced accordingly.

According to the statement –

“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 yahoo.com 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.”

The statement does say a user will be informed via Text message before this speedbump would occur, but here’s hoping this doesn’t interrupt anyones freedom of speed on a mobile device. Browse away T-Mobile users.