T-Mobile Reducing Data Cap, Will Throttle Speeds After 5GB Of Usage

Bad news for those of you that use more than 5GB of data each month. Starting October 16th, T-Mobile will enforce a new policy that will reduce data speeds once the subscriber exceeds 5GB of data usage in a billing cycle. If you may recall, previously the data cap was 10GB/month. Magenta states that this new policy should only affect less than 1% of its customer base, and is being enforced to guarantee that all subscribers receive the best web performance available. After you reach the 5GB cap, you will receive a free T-Mobile text message notifying you that you’re data speeds will be reduced. Once your new billing cycle begins, data speeds will be restored to normal. If you want to know how much data you’ve used so far, log on to your my.t-mobile.com and then click on the “monitor use” tab to track your usage. The way I look at it, at least we don’t have to start paying overage charges for each additional megabyte used like the other major U.S. carriers.

What do you think of the new policy change? Good, bad, don’t care? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Dopehousex3

    Does anyone really think its only 1% of users eating up all that data? Im guessing its more like 85% people using over 5gb of data. It almost makes it not worth having a smartphone if I have to baby sit my data all the time. The only reason I dont leave tmobile is cause im not on cotract anymore and dont want to start a 2 year contract again with a new carrier im just waiting when they get a big action lawsuit against them.

  • Wecar

    According to Roget’s Thesaurus, Unlimited means: Limitless, infinite, unrestricted, boundless… well you get the picture. The consumer is lured into purchasing cell phones with a multitude of features, however to use some of those features you must have a mandatory (required) data plan. Tmobile customers pay for an unlimited data plan each month, whether they use it or not. The term unlimited is inaccurate at best. I have no doubt that a class action suit will soon follow.

  • Wecar

    According to Roget’s Thesaurus, Unlimited means: Limitless, infinite, unrestricted, boundless… well you get the picture. The consumer is lured into purchasing cell phones with a multitude of features, however to use some of those features you must have a mandatory (required) data plan. Tmobile customers pay for an unlimited data plan each month, whether they use it or not. The term unlimited is inaccurate at best. I have no doubt that a class action suit will soon follow.

  • ZACH

    i think they should say data is “killed” once you reach the limit.
    impossible to do anything on my phone now. im using facebook texts again cause it takes too long to load facebook -_-
    moto cliq.

  • ZACH

    i think they should say data is “killed” once you reach the limit.
    impossible to do anything on my phone now. im using facebook texts again cause it takes too long to load facebook -_-
    moto cliq.

  • Throttled in Seattle

    I got limited this month. I called them because I didn’t know about the limitation. They said limiting bandwidth wasn’t a T mobile issue but regulated through the FCC. I find this information if true very disturbing and not good for forward progression into the high speed wireless world. . After being limited by T mobile, I did a speed tests with a 3rd party servers out to different cities and they averaged about 56k speed. Totally worthless for those that use their HSPA+ for more than email or Facebook. The 1% has to have grown with new applications and the ability for a smart phone to stream video. What to do? Much like my fellow posters here, I would gladly join a class action suit to pursue my “Unlimited Plan” of a reasonable high speed. They don’t cut you off is their term, but they do throttle your speed. I pay for the highest speed possible, and that is why I asked for my data plan money back. I will get it back each and ever time they throttle me.

    T mobile aka (HTC) G2

    • Anonymous

       Would you be interested in helping start a new wireless service a trully unlimited and truly fast service may cost more but I would pay! We could call it the 1%ers Wireless for the PowerUser!
      emcinc@hotmail.com

  • Spartan219

    Tmobile services about 28 million people. 1% is fucking over 280,000 people. Thanks Tmobile.

  • Imeln

    Unlimited should not be restricted! Absolute BS!!!!!!

    • Pb35

      So true…and what makes it even worse is that my speed was slowed down to 0.06 MB/second. Before i was throttled i was getting 2.0 MB/second. This is a decrease in speed of 3,333%. Ridiculous.

  • Imeln

    Unlimited should not be restricted! Absolute BS!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AlexVillatoro AlexVillatoro

    Do you know if by them doing this, it violates the contract and allows me to leave without paying an early termination fee?

  • Kelvin Davis

    Called and asked Tmo why the 5gb data cap is not listed on the contract. I reached cap. They simply replied that the ambiguous verbage on the contract legally states that. – This is unacceptable. I will vote with my wallet – I intend to pay cancellation fee for 3 phones and leave. Its not a bargain if I’m not getting what I expect, and I refuse to pay for something I’m not getting, no matter how they legally hide it. Not Pleased with Tmobile at all.
    -kd Customer since 2003

  • jorge v

    It sucks I wasted 5gb in 5 days? With ulimitate web? Ain’t worth it. Samsung vibrant.

  • JgOmega

    Wow… I just got this text message alert… I average way more than 5gb… and AT&T never gave me this kind of BS… and I was with them for over 3 years…
    I hope AT&T does end up buying out T-Mobile so I don’t have to pay for such an “Unlimited” data plan…

  • Jkjj

    What is extra stupid about their throttling feature is that there is no option to purchase additional high speed access. They have a 10GB plan for their air card, but not for a tethered phone. That’s stupid. And, to be sure, the claim that the service is “unlimited” is highly misleading. I learned of the limit when I got the text message saying I had reached the limit. So now my amazing phone is a cripple until next month and there’s no way to fix it. And what worries me is that I’ll be able to enjoy the amazing functionality of my phone only in moderation because I’ll hit the 5GB limit in future months, too.

    • http://twitter.com/chadridings Chadwick

      Same here… mine won’t even load Gmail, not just some of the time, most of the time… it’s disgustingly misleading.

  • Bubagan00sh

    I have a modded G2 running cyanogen 7 and my phone needs lots of data. The fact that I am getting jipped on a 4g plan makes me want to stab somebody. This plan is really goddamn expensive you cheapskate fucks! Lawsuit signer right here let me know when this happens. Bubagan00sh@aol.com

  • http://twitter.com/chadridings Chadwick

    I’m posting this on March 31, 2011. If any of you have seen the new Sprint commercials, the CEO himself says they will not deceive you… Unlimited is true unlimited, no data caps, no throttling, those specific words right out of the CEO’s mouth.

    So, T-Mobile is not giving me the service I was under the impression I would be receiving far as I’m concerned, I feel extremely misled, never once was this mentioned. Basically I pay $30 a month (per phone) for only 5gb of data at 4g speeds, and all other data after 5gb at dial-up speeds (and that is being generous)…. had I clearly understood these terms when speaking with my sales rep, then I would have never agreed to this deal, not one single bit.

    That is besides the fact that you don’t have to be a genius to see that a ton of people feel misled by this… as I scour the internet I am coming across 1000′s of complaints about this issue.

    A major question a lot of us loyal T-Moblie users are asking ourselves… If we’re being capped at 5GB, and unknowingly (aside from slime-boy fine print) being punished in the name of fairness to others who need to use this bandwidth… then how in the hell can they afford to add AT&T people? It’s not about fairness, at least not for the consumer… it’s about “data hording” and misleading people. That is beside the fact that T-Mobile is forcefully hindering my ability to receive unlimited data for my billing cycle. Do you know how long it takes to download a 100MB file at 56kbps???!!! When it is your job, and you exchange large size PSD files, etc… ????

    THIS IS A CLASSIC SCUMBAG SCEME BY TMOBILE!

    I’m canceling and switching to Sprint… and counting the cost of new EVO’s as my losses in dealing with T-Mobile. T-Mobile uses fine print and legal loopholes, very reminiscent of slimy scummy lawyers you heard about growing up.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Sprint claims to not throttle you for using unlimited data, it is deceptive at best, since they dont throttle any one user, they decided to lower their 3G speed from 2.3mbps (average speeds were 1100kbps – 1900kbps) down to 300kbps (average 50kbps – 200kbps). So now EVERYONE is automatically throttled prior to even signing up so thus, they arent throttling YOU, they are doing it network side BEFORE you even use it.

      I have an EVO and complained for 5 months about this… They do nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/SugahBoogah jaiRo montoya

    we should as all boycott the data plan until they stop caping an “unlimited plan” or whenever we go over we should should set our phones to download massive files overnight, so they can arse what a real spike in data looks like

  • Lovely

    I find the throttling very unfair. The smartphone devices offered by T-Mobile require a data plan to get the most out of the device. Apps…YouTube, Pandora, TiKL, TuneInRadio, etc…that I use daily require data usage. If capped most of these apps are rendered inoperable which makes my device useless. If I wanted to make calls/text/sms/mms only I would have purchased that type if device.

    This is how I see it. I am paying for full service but I am only getting a percent of that service fulfilled… Not fair. Don’t use unlimited (no limits) as a selling point. Many T-Mobile customers agreed to their contract thinking (because they were informed) they will have unlimited data usage… I sure did (yes I asked were there any clauses to be informed of concerning data usage/ rep answer was no). I did not find out until I was in the forums and one day past the 14 day return policy. However my contract is up in August and I will not renew. Just waiting for something better to come along.

    Fyi..If customers were given true information, real genuine customer service, companies would prosper significantly.

  • B2lee2

    Check out there new “Unlimited” it is capped at 2GB/Mo.

  • J_murtic

    This is flat out stupid and not worth them $30/month. If it’s so called unlimited then let it be so. I just got a text saying that I’ve used up my 5GB…. Nice way of taking money from us all. this is upsetting and so not worth it.& it isn’t fair!:/?

    • Guest

      Guess what everone Verizon and ATT do the same thing :>)

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        I could care less what they do.If I’m paying for unlimited,I expect unlimited.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        I could care less what they do.If I’m paying for unlimited,I expect unlimited.

  • Rendall

     I envy those of you with a 5GB throttle-cap.  I signed up for the “truly unlimited” plan for $80/mo for talk, data and messaging.  They cap us suckers at 2GB.  I feel so ripped off.

  • Chubby1_8888

    Lmao they sent me a the same message stated above. But my speed jump from 2mbp to 4.5mbp I’m thinking because im rooted it hasn’t affected me? Cuz a budddy of mine that works for Tmobile was telling me about this but hasn’t hurt me at all. And I do well over 5gb a month. Actually still on the same billing cycle right know.

    • Anonymous

      Would you be interested in helping start a new wireless service a trully unlimited and truly fast service may cost more but I would pay! We could call it the 1%ers Wireless  for the PowerUser!
      emcinc@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous

    Well It just happened to me and at first it really pissed me off, because normally i dont use that much data but I have been trying to find new ways to use my smartphone and was thinking this is great a gadget that I love to use and  will use it more and more but then the slow down message pissed me off but it is just a slow down don’t have to pay extra over the 5gb cap but its slower so what the hell does that mean well so far I can hardly tell the difference HOWEVER with streaming radio it is harder to stay connected and the buffer takes longer same with youtube etc.so I have to say a BIG incoveinnance but its only been a few hours it may become a serious problem and since I thought i signed up for unlimited data it seems to me to be very misleading and I am still Pissed off because it is definitely slower and I didn’t buy the fastest smartest smartphone to be throttled and slowed down I bought it to be faster on the go get my data now not tommorrow I am still pissed I want out of my contract but dont know of any better plans I still think TMO is the best available does anyone want to start an truly unlimited data plan wireless service with me supposedly we are only 1% of the Business but I would pay more for faster and truly unlimited data WHOS WITH ME???? Sincerly,
    emcinc@hotmail.com
     
    P.S I wrote this fast and didnt punctuate or spell correctly so dont hold that against me!

  • Lawlz00

    I hate this. It renders my phone pretty much useless. I didn’t get a notification when I went over the cap. Now I can’t get my phone to download anymore than .06mps. Or upload at anymore than .08mbps at best-mytouch 4g

  • Dwes2145

    WOWWWW so this is what happened in the middle of my streaming movie. I swore up and down something was wrong with YouTube because my internet was still working. After further research I now understand what the 5gb cap is and am highly disappointed in paying over 80 bucks a Month for what is supposed to be complete UNLIMITED service. For the idiots that say this is fine because at least they are not charged overages need to get real. I’m not spending this kind of money on a supposed smart phone that I can’t use. Why offer all these apps and services only to cap off. What’s the point. On truly pissed by this and sign me up for the class action suit this is false advertisement are its finest. Pissed HTC USER

  • Hwoarang

    Like you guys I’m pretty pissed that it happened to me too. Technically it is “unlimited” but just at frickin throttled speeds after the 5gb limit. The worst part for me was, that they didn’t send me the text. But they didn’t have to tell me. I couldn’t even load facebook or gmail. Its worse than edge! I feel like I’m at GPRS speeds and yet my G2 displays HSPA. Why offer a device that can tether when you can’t use it after 5gb? Might as well call it the $80 Unlimited Data Until You Reach 5GB Then We Throttle Your Speed And Render Your Phone Useless Plan

    • Hyphydragon

      agree 100%

    • Readyken360

      hell yea

    • Readyken360

      hell yea

  • Hwoarang

    Like you guys I’m pretty pissed that it happened to me too. Technically it is “unlimited” but just at frickin throttled speeds after the 5gb limit. The worst part for me was, that they didn’t send me the text. But they didn’t have to tell me. I couldn’t even load facebook or gmail. Its worse than edge! I feel like I’m at GPRS speeds and yet my G2 displays HSPA. Why offer a device that can tether when you can’t use it after 5gb? Might as well call it the $80 Unlimited Data Until You Reach 5GB Then We Throttle Your Speed And Render Your Phone Useless Plan

  • Hwoarang

    Like you guys I’m pretty pissed that it happened to me too. Technically it is “unlimited” but just at frickin throttled speeds after the 5gb limit. The worst part for me was, that they didn’t send me the text. But they didn’t have to tell me. I couldn’t even load facebook or gmail. Its worse than edge! I feel like I’m at GPRS speeds and yet my G2 displays HSPA. Why offer a device that can tether when you can’t use it after 5gb? Might as well call it the $80 Unlimited Data Until You Reach 5GB Then We Throttle Your Speed And Render Your Phone Useless Plan

  • Kenshin0139

    Total bs about cap. I got my phone thinking I can finally watch flash videos and surf the web efficiently not missing anything but I hit that stupid cap in less than 2 weeks from getting my phone. phone ran great until I hit cap. I was never notified about cap until message came. Such a f*cken rip off. I’m up for a class action suit sign me up. Htc sensation
    Kenshin0139@gmail.com

    • JohnAdams

      Get a computer, there’s no REAL need to be using more than 5GB on your cell phone…

    • JohnAdams

      Get a computer, there’s no REAL need to be using more than 5GB on your cell phone…

    • JohnAdams

      Get a computer, there’s no REAL need to be using more than 5GB on your cell phone…

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        Some phones came with internet sharing allowing you to connect the two

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        Some phones came with internet sharing allowing you to connect the two

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        Some phones came with internet sharing allowing you to connect the two

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        Some phones came with internet sharing allowing you to connect the two

      • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

        Some phones came with internet sharing allowing you to connect the two

      • Jack Kennedy

        John, you sound like a real idiot. Get a clue how people use their smartphones. 

    • Andy

      i have just signed up to tmobile so i have the new contract which truly unlimited internet but there is a snag i have the new galaxys2 which i have android because of the hotspot so in the new contract theres a clause on tethering and hotspot and the speed is for mobile phone only which mean the best download speed you will achieve is 352kbps top end even browsing is crap exspensive phone rendered useless

    • Andy

      i have just signed up to tmobile so i have the new contract which truly unlimited internet but there is a snag i have the new galaxys2 which i have android because of the hotspot so in the new contract theres a clause on tethering and hotspot and the speed is for mobile phone only which mean the best download speed you will achieve is 352kbps top end even browsing is crap exspensive phone rendered useless

    • Andy

      i have just signed up to tmobile so i have the new contract which truly unlimited internet but there is a snag i have the new galaxys2 which i have android because of the hotspot so in the new contract theres a clause on tethering and hotspot and the speed is for mobile phone only which mean the best download speed you will achieve is 352kbps top end even browsing is crap exspensive phone rendered useless

  • Martin

    everyone get wifi, turn off your mobile network on settings, turn on wifi and enjoy. ive used like 20gb on wifi and its fast. i cant believe adults dont know how to turn off their 4g. lmao. im only 13 and i have the htc sensation that i paid on my own

    • Pingpong20v21

      I think it was probably adults that invented your phone if you don’t mind me saying. But you do sound clever, maybe you could become a superhero “TECHNOLOGY BOY”.

  • Martin

    everyone get wifi, turn off your mobile network on settings, turn on wifi and enjoy. ive used like 20gb on wifi and its fast. i cant believe adults dont know how to turn off their 4g. lmao. im only 13 and i have the htc sensation that i paid on my own

  • Jay

    This is soooo bad especially customers usong android phones, so not fair

  • Jay

    This is soooo bad especially customers usong android phones, so not fair

  • Prsplayer210

    Its total bullshit. 5 gb. Is a joke they throttle you all the way down to less than dial up speeds. 56kbps or less. I carefully read lawyer and fprint . It specifically says unlimited h8gh speed data. After 5gb its supposed to be throttled but they throttle it som much it isn’t considered high speed data according to the fcc. That’s the problem I have the fcc states high speed is 700 kb/ps down and 300 upload. I’ve filed a complaint with the fcc and ftc. Its not legal what there doing.

    • Hyphydragon

      agreed. unlimited is far from what we are getting, I was told before agreeing to my contract as i purchased a 550$ phone that if i passed 5gb a month i would be throttled to 3g and whispered….2g speeds. so figuring even 2g (edge) is 50kilobytes per second tops but we are being artificially held down to under 9kbps

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        EDGE is between 120kbps and 220kbps average standard. If you are getting 50kbps or less, you are getting their “advertised” 2G speed. To T-Mobile 2G is GPRS and 2.5G or 2.75G is EDGE. So they are giving you the correct speed, its just that we as public are accustomed to something above 70kbps as 2G.

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        EDGE is between 120kbps and 220kbps average standard. If you are getting 50kbps or less, you are getting their “advertised” 2G speed. To T-Mobile 2G is GPRS and 2.5G or 2.75G is EDGE. So they are giving you the correct speed, its just that we as public are accustomed to something above 70kbps as 2G.

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        EDGE is between 120kbps and 220kbps average standard. If you are getting 50kbps or less, you are getting their “advertised” 2G speed. To T-Mobile 2G is GPRS and 2.5G or 2.75G is EDGE. So they are giving you the correct speed, its just that we as public are accustomed to something above 70kbps as 2G.

        • billybob

          In my case. I get Edge at my home (I thought it was synonymous with 2G). When the throttle kicked in, my service is so slow (with three bars) that Gmail will not load. I have to use it in “slow connection” mode to get it to do anything. Before the throttling it works very well and is pretty quick. Again, this is edge only. I use the tower off a highway by my farm.

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        EDGE is between 120kbps and 220kbps average standard. If you are getting 50kbps or less, you are getting their “advertised” 2G speed. To T-Mobile 2G is GPRS and 2.5G or 2.75G is EDGE. So they are giving you the correct speed, its just that we as public are accustomed to something above 70kbps as 2G.

      • billybob

        This is what really ticked me off! I was told when we got the phones that they were throttled down to 2g. No prob, since 2g is all I have. But then when I hit the limit it became almost worthless. And we use our phones as the wi-fi-hotspot for our home computers. We have no other way to access the internet other than satellite. And that REALLY sucks.

        I’m trying to download an 11 gb. folder right now every night when I get home from work. It’ll take a while. From here on in I’ll take my laptop to some free wi-fi place and get this stuff.

      • billybob

        This is what really ticked me off! I was told when we got the phones that they were throttled down to 2g. No prob, since 2g is all I have. But then when I hit the limit it became almost worthless. And we use our phones as the wi-fi-hotspot for our home computers. We have no other way to access the internet other than satellite. And that REALLY sucks.

        I’m trying to download an 11 gb. folder right now every night when I get home from work. It’ll take a while. From here on in I’ll take my laptop to some free wi-fi place and get this stuff.

    • Hyphydragon

      agreed. unlimited is far from what we are getting, I was told before agreeing to my contract as i purchased a 550$ phone that if i passed 5gb a month i would be throttled to 3g and whispered….2g speeds. so figuring even 2g (edge) is 50kilobytes per second tops but we are being artificially held down to under 9kbps

    • loyal-7yr-customer

      Indeed! Good for you…  Maybe if more of us followed your example, there might be some changes/concessions- at least for those of us whose contract terms are not being fulfilled.
      They can at least give us full 2G speeds- and they can also only impose those speed restrictions when the data network is strained.  If I am one of only a handful of customers and I’m only using a fraction of its capacity in the middle of the night, I can’t understand why I should be throttled since I signed up & pay for “unlimited 4G/high speed service”.

      @Prsplayer210: maybe you (or ANYONE who knows) could give us more details on how to file such a complaint and which part of the contract we should site…
      Maybe, in addition to complaining (which I also thoroughly enjoy) we could also work together to try to get them to honor their original service agreement- or let us terminate early- no fines or fees.   If all of us file a valid & well-founded complain, it might make a difference- or at least put a little pressure on T-Mobile.

  • Prsplayer210

    Its total bullshit. 5 gb. Is a joke they throttle you all the way down to less than dial up speeds. 56kbps or less. I carefully read lawyer and fprint . It specifically says unlimited h8gh speed data. After 5gb its supposed to be throttled but they throttle it som much it isn’t considered high speed data according to the fcc. That’s the problem I have the fcc states high speed is 700 kb/ps down and 300 upload. I’ve filed a complaint with the fcc and ftc. Its not legal what there doing.

  • Prsplayer210

    Its total bullshit. 5 gb. Is a joke they throttle you all the way down to less than dial up speeds. 56kbps or less. I carefully read lawyer and fprint . It specifically says unlimited h8gh speed data. After 5gb its supposed to be throttled but they throttle it som much it isn’t considered high speed data according to the fcc. That’s the problem I have the fcc states high speed is 700 kb/ps down and 300 upload. I’ve filed a complaint with the fcc and ftc. Its not legal what there doing.

  • Prsplayer210

    Yeah 30/month bs. My cable internet through comcast is 19.99 month 250 gb cap and it downloads at 25 mbps and uploads almost at 10. People need to start complaining about this to the fcc. Federal communications commision and the ftc fair trade commision. Mobile network 4g is bs. Tmobile imho. Not to mention tethering is extra and you still get throttled on tethering and mobile ap. What I don’t understand my phone sidekick 4g is 4g hspa and it can access 3g and edge/gsm why is it throttled to less than dial up speeds. Basically put it this way. The gps system in your phone has a faster connectivity with sattelites thousands of miles away from you than the throttled speed

  • Prsplayer210

    Yeah 30/month bs. My cable internet through comcast is 19.99 month 250 gb cap and it downloads at 25 mbps and uploads almost at 10. People need to start complaining about this to the fcc. Federal communications commision and the ftc fair trade commision. Mobile network 4g is bs. Tmobile imho. Not to mention tethering is extra and you still get throttled on tethering and mobile ap. What I don’t understand my phone sidekick 4g is 4g hspa and it can access 3g and edge/gsm why is it throttled to less than dial up speeds. Basically put it this way. The gps system in your phone has a faster connectivity with sattelites thousands of miles away from you than the throttled speed

  • Prsplayer210

    Yeah 30/month bs. My cable internet through comcast is 19.99 month 250 gb cap and it downloads at 25 mbps and uploads almost at 10. People need to start complaining about this to the fcc. Federal communications commision and the ftc fair trade commision. Mobile network 4g is bs. Tmobile imho. Not to mention tethering is extra and you still get throttled on tethering and mobile ap. What I don’t understand my phone sidekick 4g is 4g hspa and it can access 3g and edge/gsm why is it throttled to less than dial up speeds. Basically put it this way. The gps system in your phone has a faster connectivity with sattelites thousands of miles away from you than the throttled speed

    • Anonymous

      Comcast goes through coax cables.  Tmobile goes through Cell Towers.  Big difference, you can’t compare the two

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        Where do you think the data from the cell tower comes from? It comes from FiberOptic lines now. Previous T1 lines are not capable of the speeds T-Mobile is delivering at now. So yes, you can compare the two. On a side note Coaxial sucks, the only reason Comcast is even able to push anything remotely close to HALF of T-Mobile is because of DOCSIS3.0

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

        Where do you think the data from the cell tower comes from? It comes from FiberOptic lines now. Previous T1 lines are not capable of the speeds T-Mobile is delivering at now. So yes, you can compare the two. On a side note Coaxial sucks, the only reason Comcast is even able to push anything remotely close to HALF of T-Mobile is because of DOCSIS3.0

        • Anonymous

          Last I knew Cell phones still need to transmit a wireless signal to a tower that is running on a limited amount of spectrum.  It really doesn’t matter how much fiber you run to a cell site,  The main bottleneck is the spectrum and the tower itself.  Not the Backbone it sits on.  This is why cell phone data costs more than a hard lined connection.

        • Duganator9

          My neighbor has 44 down and 17 up on her vzw thunderbolt. Thats faster than what I get with comcast

    • Anonymous

      Comcast goes through coax cables.  Tmobile goes through Cell Towers.  Big difference, you can’t compare the two

  • JohnAdams

    Everyone making comments below sounds like moronic Teenagers.  I’ve never gone over, nor can I conceive a situation to where I would need that much Data on a CELL phone.  Quit crying, good grief.

    • Hypydragon

      you sound like an 70 your old woman who spends 90% of you time on a sewing machine or knitting, get with the times its 2011 and people like to use data intensive cell phones that rival desktop pc’s

    • Hypydragon

      you sound like an 70 your old woman who spends 90% of you time on a sewing machine or knitting, get with the times its 2011 and people like to use data intensive cell phones that rival desktop pc’s

    • Secretsbeets

      Yeah, this is just ignorant John… People run business off of their smart phones now days. just because you check an email or 2 and send a text here and there doesn’t mean that other people dont rely on the service we are paying for. Sound like you dont even truly need a cell phone with data?? 

    • Acuity101

      Get off the internet. You’re wasting precious bandwidth that technological people need. Go back to your rotary phone and analog tv.

    • Acuity101

      Get off the internet. You’re wasting precious bandwidth that technological people need. Go back to your rotary phone and analog tv.

    • PaulEff

      John, if you regularly stream any content, you’ll go over easily.  Pandora, Last, Netflix, etc, you’ll bust the cap.  Everyone wants access to these services… and these ‘moronic teenagers’ are the ones driving revenue streams for t-mobile.  They are the target demo, you are not.

    • GeorgeWashington

      You probably work for T-Mobile, don’t you, cocksucker?

  • Hydeallnight

    @John there’s no need to use a cell phone at all. But T-Mobile sold us a service, on a contract and now they are changing the terms of that contract. They said unlimited high speed, now it’s not and we have no recourse. I’ll be complaining as a dissatisfied customer. Wether I hit the cap or not. They sold us a service, locked us in to a 2 year deal and then altered the deal. Money talks and my money will walk.

  • Hydeallnight

    @John there’s no need to use a cell phone at all. But T-Mobile sold us a service, on a contract and now they are changing the terms of that contract. They said unlimited high speed, now it’s not and we have no recourse. I’ll be complaining as a dissatisfied customer. Wether I hit the cap or not. They sold us a service, locked us in to a 2 year deal and then altered the deal. Money talks and my money will walk.

  • Anonymous

    For those of you who are wondering what Throttled means, it means Edge.  So after you eat through your 5GB data cap, you get to enjoy the rest of the month on Edge ( dial up speeds ).  However I am a moderate data user ( email, internet radio, visit a couple sites ), and I noticed that I am lucky to eat through 20 MB / day of data.  I am not coming anywhere close to my Cap. 

    The data caps are going to hurt those cheap bastards that have their cell phone tethered, and let their computer run Bit Torrent and P2P all day long.  Those guys eat up most of the bandwidth.  Since Tmobile has implimented the data caps I have noticed my data signal and speed has dramatically increased.  You guys shouldn’t be bitching about this.  Its improving the quality of the service

    • Hyphydragon

      i dont torrent or p2p and i blasted through my 5gb a month in a 2 weeks, you say you are a moderate user like you mean you arent abusing the data like the some people are but when i got my “unlimited” tmobile data plan they didnt say i’d be limited to under 8kbps they said 3g and 2g speeds on the phone and in the store so i thought ok 3g isnt so bad but its not 3g or even 2g its UNDER 8KILOBYTES not bits, im talking the real pc measuement of data its SLOWER that dial up, dial up =15 kbpsand i cant even get 9kbps now on my phone. yeah i did do some tethering, its an option on my phone and service, dont say it like its a bad thing, in fact i bet you work for tmobile

    • Lucassp02

      Unlimited it’s unlimited, I’m paying 180 monthly, I drive a truck 10 hours a day and no tether because i have internet at home but 5gb are gone in 20 days with 4g phones, tmo really sucks and if u work for’em u get a discount…fu@#$#&ng fee mobile!!!

    • Billybob

      I use an “edge only” tower. When I was throttled back, my speed was drastically reduced. I use my phone as a wi-fi hotspot. I was able to watch the packet rate on my computer. The first person I talked to at T-Mobile said throttled back meant Edge, but in subsequent phone phone calls to the help desk one agent confirmed that it is slower than edge.

      • Elektros

         Their web page now admits that they are throttling to 100k, and they say that EDGE is nominally 205k. They explain this away by saying that EDGE users only average 100k in real life. But, this doesn’t explain how some people are not even getting 100k. Also, someone in a T-Mobile store told me that throttled speed was only 50k.

        I have Virgin 3G as my home connection, because I can’t get anything other than wireless or dialup, but I am in the ‘good’ zone for T-Mobile 4G. Virgin throttle us to 120k after 5Gb, which is usually half way through the month. I would like to switch to a carrier with 4G, but I know I have to spend half the month at throttled speeds. I am worried that the throttled speed for T-Mobile 4G may be slower than the 120k that Virgin throttle us to, and T-Mobile only give 14 days to back out. Help!

  • Hyphydragon

    it isnt just “slower speeds” LOL its fuckcing COMPLETELY USELESS speed, I am currently passed my 5gb tmobile plan limit and cant get over 8kbps so no facebook no youtube no videos at all, the only thing i can maybe do is email at an EXTREMELY SLOW place its half as fast as dial up so tmobiles unlimited = bullshit

  • Sashimi

    =.= ok… now i got it… so wasnt the problem with tmo’s network… it’s bcoz they lower my speed by TOO much~~ after 1 got the msg saying i over the limits and my 4g speed will be slower…. i can only get 0.01 ~ 0.06 mb/sec with my 4g network…. i thk this is crazy…  they should increase the cap to 10 gb with 4g phones..

  • Sashimi

    =.= ok… now i got it… so wasnt the problem with tmo’s network… it’s bcoz they lower my speed by TOO much~~ after 1 got the msg saying i over the limits and my 4g speed will be slower…. i can only get 0.01 ~ 0.06 mb/sec with my 4g network…. i thk this is crazy…  they should increase the cap to 10 gb with 4g phones..

  • Sashimi

    =.= ok… now i got it… so wasnt the problem with tmo’s network… it’s bcoz they lower my speed by TOO much~~ after 1 got the msg saying i over the limits and my 4g speed will be slower…. i can only get 0.01 ~ 0.06 mb/sec with my 4g network…. i thk this is crazy…  they should increase the cap to 10 gb with 4g phones..

  • Liveskate99

    I pay for unlimted hspa 4g coverage and that’s what I should receive end of story. I called customer service and asked since they reduced my speed during the middle of the month, would they accept half a payment…she didn’t find it funny..however I was serious…for months tmobile had been charging me for a 4g plan and I wasn’t even using a 4g phone..when I finally got a 4g phone now they cut my data down…what’s next? A text cap

  • READYKEN360

    t mobile stop wit the commercial unlimited bull n stop wit the cap its alot of money we pay i could get home internet at half the price n the same speed so fix it  NO CAP LIARS  

  • al1979

    It sucks. I bought the sensation for the speed. I am constantly listening to internet radio while I drive my 2 hr commute to work. The lag and disconnects are killing me. I’m already paying out the nose for two lines and being that I was with T-Mobile for the past few years, I didn’t think that they would stoop so low as this. I also use my phone for work in which I am constantly answering emails and texting customers. I think the “unlimited plan which is truely unlimited” should be truely unlimited.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

      I  Agree.I rely on my phone for everything.My phone came with a tethering ability.It really helps because I have no Internet and viewing a page on a phone is different than on a laptop.It helps doing homework,Checking emails,Streaming content and paying bills etc.I try not to do anything that put strains on it.Times have changed,People use Internet now more than ever.There Should be no Unlimited if it isn’t Unlimited.We didn’t Pay to see our speed get thrown below what you would receive using Dial-up.A page seems to take like 5 minutes to load.I understand they might want to lower it but not like this.I mean 1.4 kb?Thats useless.You might as well tell me you’re ripping me off .Dam right I’m complaining,I should get what I pay for and thats UNLIMITED.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jpremier1992 Junior Mompremier

      I  Agree.I rely on my phone for everything.My phone came with a tethering ability.It really helps because I have no Internet and viewing a page on a phone is different than on a laptop.It helps doing homework,Checking emails,Streaming content and paying bills etc.I try not to do anything that put strains on it.Times have changed,People use Internet now more than ever.There Should be no Unlimited if it isn’t Unlimited.We didn’t Pay to see our speed get thrown below what you would receive using Dial-up.A page seems to take like 5 minutes to load.I understand they might want to lower it but not like this.I mean 1.4 kb?Thats useless.You might as well tell me you’re ripping me off .Dam right I’m complaining,I should get what I pay for and thats UNLIMITED.