T-Mobile Changing 200MB Data Plan Away From Throttling To Overage

According to this leaked image which hit our inbox T-Mobile is set to make a change to their lowest data plan offering by removing the throttling and returning to overage charges. This represents a major shift in T-Mobile’s data policy even if it only affects the lowest price offering. T-Mobile’s marketing approach to competitive data offerings in recent months has been their “no overage” plan so this change is definitely one to note.

T-Mobile notes that the 200MB feature has exceeded T-Mobile’s expectations so “in order to remain competitive” and continue to offer the rate plan it will be grandfathered as of August 13th. An overage charge of $0.10 per MB will be assessed upon exceeding the 200MB limit with a maximum overage charge of $30 allowed on the Classic Plans versus a maximum overage charge of $35 on Value plans. Customers will receive a warning when they hit 180MB along with a 200MB alerting them to change the data plan to a higher offering or incur overage charges.

While this change only affects T-Mobile’s lowest data plan offering we have to wonder if the “expectations” for the higher end offerings won’t end up suffering the same fate. At this point we have no indication that any changes are coming for the higher end data plans but we didn’t have any indication the 200MB plan would change either. Let’s hope that T-Mobile believes that their throttling, however “unlimited” or not you may feel it is still represents a “better than the overall industry” approach to data plan charges.

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  • Mopar6464

    AT&T-Mobile in the making.
    Break out the popcorn.

    • ColdFeet

      Wait… TMobile does something people don’t like or agree with and its AT&T’s fault but when they do something *good*, its “more reason to block the buyout”?

      • Tmobile

        Yeah thats 100% true

      • Tmobile

        Yeah thats 100% true

      • Tmobile

        Yeah thats 100% true

      • Tmobile

        Yeah thats 100% true

    • Havoktek

      Let the assimilation commence!!

  • The Truth

    I sure hope this doesn’t carry over to the higher data plans

  • Shendo

    Not liking this.

  • Kyjeepbear

    It’s because there was no real need to get a larger plan since the speed in 98% of the area’s won’t really slow down since they’re so slow already.  

    • Shield147

      I’m a ”mere” 12 miles from one of the towers, repeaters, transponders or whatever you call them, my data range at ”any” given time of day or night is 1.7–5.4Kb/s. At that ”astronomical” speed it will take me my full billing cycle to reach their unlimited level on their nations largest 4g netwon’twork lol =•{D

      • 67_390_coupe

        Well we can tell that you have no clue how cell towers function if you consider 12 miles to be a short distance.

    • Shield147

      I’m a ”mere” 12 miles from one of the towers, repeaters, transponders or whatever you call them, my data range at ”any” given time of day or night is 1.7–5.4Kb/s. At that ”astronomical” speed it will take me my full billing cycle to reach their unlimited level on their nations largest 4g netwon’twork lol =•{D

  • Kyjeepbear

    It’s because there was no real need to get a larger plan since the speed in 98% of the area’s won’t really slow down since they’re so slow already.  

  • BROnan O’Brien

    Also, anyone who has an unlocked iPhone (over 1 million customers) would only have to get the $10 package, as the iPhone only gets 2G on T-Mobile’s network anyways, so the high speed 200MB is irrelevant.

  • Carpediem

    Disappointing. I never cared for the “unlimited” euphemism, but “no-overage” was still a great benefit that set t-mobile apart. Too bad.

  • Anonymous

    Tmobile’s teams must be in a mess right now.  The PR department is finally doing a good job getting stuff out there, now the higher ups want to be like ATT and Verizon.   IT really doesnt seem like they know wtf they are doing.  I love how i have to tell people they are no overage charges, but hey wait, if you get the 200mb package, there is a overage.

  • itsabouttime

    Now maybe you’ll sign up for a real data package when you get your smartphone. Stop getting eight year olds HD7s with 200mb because they “wanna play Xbox.”

    • Ziggy123

      Oh ATT would love your attitude!  Not everyone spends day and night streaming video, downloading music and updating photos to their social network accounts.  Some people just want casual access on the go for email, directions, movie times and the like–for which a few MBs of data is more than adequate.

      • jarjon76

        If you use data everyday, you should up your data plan. Quit being cheap and pay for the data you use. 

  • Tireofthecomplaining

    WOW… we always have to have someone complain. TMobile thorttles the Data so no one is charged overage, then people say they don’t like this and would rather pay overage. So they go and make the change and now people complain about having to pay for the overage if they go over… Will you please make up your minds in what you want!
    You all sound like old Women getting together to complain about life in general. Just pay for your service and be happy. 

  • Tireofthecomplaining

    WOW… we always have to have someone complain. TMobile thorttles the Data so no one is charged overage, then people say they don’t like this and would rather pay overage. So they go and make the change and now people complain about having to pay for the overage if they go over… Will you please make up your minds in what you want!
    You all sound like old Women getting together to complain about life in general. Just pay for your service and be happy. 

    • Mopar6464

      Unlimited should be Unlimited , no overages or throttled data .
      Why can’t T-Mobile just say it like it is in big bold print in their advertising.
      Then most people will stop b**ching and know what the real charge would be from the get go.

      • elarella

        If you look at the big picture, it is technically unlimited because even though you are getting throttled, you are still receiving data signal via EDGE and/or GPRS. Everything comes with a price, so I am ok with being throttled as long as I am receiving some type of data signal.

        • Anonymous

          I got the 5GB throttling message this billing cycle but noticed that the speed reduction is MUCH more severe than the previous times the message came through.  Before, I was still able to reach speeds of about 1Mbps.  Yesterday, after struggling to just stream normal quality Pandora, I ran a speed test to find the speed at roughly 64kbps/50kbps.  What gives?  That’s not even EDGE speeds… more like GPRS…

          Is anyone else seeing such a dramatic decrease in speeds?  BTW, I live in a 4G area that averages roughly 1.8Mbps on my wife’s Sensation and 1.4Mbps on my HD2…

        • frigadroid

          Same here :-(

      • Anonymous

        It’s like an all you can eat buffet, but after the fifth round they give you a smaller plate.

      • Anonymous

        It’s like an all you can eat buffet, but after the fifth round they give you a smaller plate.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with tireofthecomplaining some people need to make up their minds especially if you know how their unlimited works (Mopar6464) if you know they tell u u get throttled ppl r happy then when they actually do they want to get charged to stay on faster network and then whine when they get charged make up your mind.

      • Mopar6464

        It won’t all matter in a few more months anyways.
        T-Mobile will change everything again to match AT&T’s plans as the acquisition completes.

        • Anonymous

          I guess even though I liked to believe it won’t but well see in a few months

        • Anonymous

          I guess even though I liked to believe it won’t but well see in a few months

  • http://profiles.google.com/godtoe Steven Garone

    Wasn’t the 200 meg plan always overage?  I remember seeing the ads for it saying that it was.

    • Kenst36

       nope, not at all…

  • Rfgenerator

    T-Mobile is already having their weekly “meetings” with their new “A Fee & Fee” overlords

  • Rfgenerator

    T-Mobile is already having their weekly “meetings” with their new “A Fee & Fee” overlords

  • 4ever21

    Umm what was the purpose of giving away the data plan for free for Father’s Day if you are going to be an asinine carrier and then charge fees. They say they want to keep us but clearly they do not respect their customers at all. Sprint is looking pretty good right now.

  • 4ever21

    Umm what was the purpose of giving away the data plan for free for Father’s Day if you are going to be an asinine carrier and then charge fees. They say they want to keep us but clearly they do not respect their customers at all. Sprint is looking pretty good right now.

    • Anonymous

      Ummm its going to be grandfathered as in u don’t pay anything if you got it before the said date Aug 13 if after that then u pay.

    • tmodroid

      Anybody who already has the 200mb feature still won’t incur overages and as the article says will be grandfathered in. They won’t be affected by the change.

    • tmodroid

      Anybody who already has the 200mb feature still won’t incur overages and as the article says will be grandfathered in. They won’t be affected by the change.

  • Anonymous

    annndd we quickly “throttle” downhill.
    if they are having issues with overage eliminate the 200 mg feature alltogether

    • derek 21

      no because then every1 will start crying that they don’t offer something cheap for ppl that want smartphones but no data

      • Anonymous

        Your so right :/

  • Anonymous

    annndd we quickly “throttle” downhill.
    if they are having issues with overage eliminate the 200 mg feature alltogether

  • Asder24

    The 200MB plan was perfect since I have the Astound and the drop from 3G to EDGE wasn’t a big deal. I have a phone upgrade in October, if I were to use it would I have to change it?

  • Asder24

    The 200MB plan was perfect since I have the Astound and the drop from 3G to EDGE wasn’t a big deal. I have a phone upgrade in October, if I were to use it would I have to change it?

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      If you sign a new contract, most likely they will switch you to the new plan.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      If you sign a new contract, most likely they will switch you to the new plan.

  • Anonymous

    How many different “plan changes” have they made in the last year alone, let alone the last two?  
    I swear it seems now every month or two they’re changing one plan or another.

  • http://reginaldstinson.com/mike-filsames-evergreen-business-system-reviewed Evergreen Business System

    Bad news seems to come everyday for TMO. They are deliberately shooting themselves in the foot.

  • Rickjames

    Tmobile starting to look like ATT everyday now.

  • derek 21

    it’s not financially feasible for a company to allow more people then they expected to pay the minimum amount required for data, and still have them using up 600 700 mb, just doesn’t make good business sense, once people start realizing they are being served by a business that’s there for customer service but also to make money, maybe some of these comments will subside.

    • TMOFtKnox

      So what is it costing TMO for those folks that do go over the 200 meg limit?  Lower bandwidth cost for those people lucky enough to be located in 3G/4G area’s?  For those of us located in 2G/1G areas like about 90% of the country, there is NO additional cost at all.  Heck, if they were to provide 3G/4G speeds, I would go over my limits every month just to pay to get the upgrade!

  • Anonymous

    I’m confused why everyone is so upset…this is not new. I work for T-Mobile and since we’ve had the 200mb plan there has been an overage charge of .10/mb over the limit, I see it on customer’s bills all the time.

    • Kenst36

       what are you talking about?!?  there is no overage for going over your data.  i am on the 200mb plan, and i do not incur overage charges.  i just get my speed throttled down. 

      obv u are one horrible tmobile employee if you do not know this…

      • Neoprimal

        That or a liar about working for T-Mobile, as it seems to be the “thing” to do nowadays…

        “I work for T-Mobile/Verizon/ATT/Sprint and so and so and so”.

        • Dominic

          He’s probably a former worker.  The 200MB plan that was in place before May 22nd was the data plan with 10 cents per MB after going over.  This 200MB plan has been around for only 2 1/2 months yet everyone seems to forget the way it had been for over a year before.

      • Neoprimal

        That or a liar about working for T-Mobile, as it seems to be the “thing” to do nowadays…

        “I work for T-Mobile/Verizon/ATT/Sprint and so and so and so”.

  • Anonymous

    Watch out the 5GB cap after $30 maximum overage as it’s shown at under the table.

  • Mark

    Well, since the missus and I won’t be getting new phones this weekend, I doubt we’ll be going with T-Mobile now. 

    Crap…even with her not really wanting a smartphone, there’s like no way for me to get one without significantly increasing out monthly bill, which she is opposed too. 

    • derek 21

      yes there is the new plans

  • EDTIVA

    UGH! I am glad I just added this feature to one of my lines and will be grandfathered in. This “over popular” plan just shows how cell companies are forcing users hands. It is popular because people don’t need high speed internet all the time, most users are casual but like smart phones as the other phones are so buggy and unreliable. They just want some type of internet for basics and the 200mb throttled was perfect… It was easy to justify $10 for my parents lines for their casual browsing which might be 400MB or so, with speed being a non issue….  What kills me though, the real kicker is that I get f-ing edge most of the time in Oregon in fairly large places!

  • Anonymous

    If T-Mobile is doing this on the 200MB data plan,
    because “its so called popular” as they claim, you have to believe they
    are “thinking and about to” target the 2GB, and 5GB data plan users.

    T-Mobile thinks people are dumb. They figured that people paying $10,
    and I bet majority are going over the 200MB limit, because they are on
    Android phones, as well as WP devices, that why not charge extra, since
    they don’t want to get a 2GB data plan. I don’t think the Blackberry users hit the 200MB limit, since its compressed thru the server.

    Looks like T-Mobile has to pay more to re-do their marketing brochures, train/bus ads, just to reflect to overage charges now.

    Sprint’s TV ad comparing their competitors, are right.

    • IT Guy

      I see this as a step toward what many carriers and isps are eying — pay as you go data.

  • Wolver2888

    Maybe they’re trying to lose customers on purpose so that they have a good reason for them to accept the acquisition from att

    • Moneyman

      I completely agree with that. I was just gonna post the same exact thing. They’re looking to make themselves similar to at&t so the acquisition doesn’t look as bad….sneaky sneaky…

  • TMOFtKnox

    I just changed my family plan to the classic with 200 meg (had the $25 android unlimited before) because I live in an area that only has Edge service, so they could not do anything if I exceeded the 200 meg limit.  I think that they realized that a majority of the folks jumping on the $10 data plan were in my shoes with nothing to loose by going over the limit.  Still won’t bother me much as I stay on WiFi most of the time anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, tmobile and At&t merger is getting serious. Goodbye Tmobile along with their customer service

  • Tortionist

    Hey I have two questions. First, does T mobile charge overage for the 200 megabyte plan? second, if they don’t will they charge overage on my grandfathered 200 megabyte plan when this goes into effect? I don’t usually go over, but there’s the occasional month that I do. 

    • Dominic

      If you already have the 200MB plan with no overage then that will not change.  It’s only for people who add it after the 13th.

      • Tortionist

        Thanks for the reply.

  • RAWshadTX

    The only thing I’m concern with is when people are still on the classic plan and if they want a phone that requires the 200MB plan for their rebate, it won’t be unlimited anymore which means more angry customers acting a fool -__-

    But this will stop cheap ass phones with 500 dollars phone getting weak ass data packages though. In a business point it works well i a bad plan.

    But getting a 200MB plan for a super phone makes no sense. What’s the point in getting that lol.

    • RAWshadTX

      I meant cheap ass people, lol.

    • Joe

      its called wifi.

      i only check emails and such, never go over 200mb.

    • Joe

      its called wifi.

      i only check emails and such, never go over 200mb.

  • Trickster

    Every subscriber stuck on edge such as the 1 million IPhone users and most rural customers have no reason to get anything other than the 200mb data plan. 

  • Armaghan

    In another news.. “Customers are leaving T-Mobile in favor of regional Carriers”…

  • Armaghan

    In another news.. “Customers are leaving T-Mobile in favor of regional Carriers”…

  • Armaghan

    In another news.. “Customers are leaving T-Mobile in favor of regional Carriers”…

  • JordanG314

    No overage charges is the reason I switched to Tmobile. This change is a big step back.

  • JordanG314

    No overage charges is the reason I switched to Tmobile. This change is a big step back.

  • JordanG314

    No overage charges is the reason I switched to Tmobile. This change is a big step back.

  • Al

    I use my myTouch 4G as a wifi hotspot and use every bit of 4G data that I pay for (5GB then throttled) I have fiOS home internet, but would still rather screw T-Mobile because of the way that the company treats its customers. I’m paying for it, I’m going to use it, so here’s a giant F*** YOU to T-Mobile and their damn bandwith.

    • jarjon76

      Victim card noted.

    • jarjon76

      Victim card noted.

    • jarjon76

      Victim card noted.

    • Dominic

      I’ll laugh my ass off when you’re back here crying that T-mobile shut off your tethering and now you have to buy the $14.99 tethering feature.

      • Al

        T-Mobile can’t do jack sh*t about what I use my phone for. As long as I’m receiving data, I’ll be tethering it. As soon as T-Mobile stops giving me data, my contract will finally be voided and I can leave this once good company, that becomes more pathetic day by day. Once again here’s a SUPER GIANT F*** YOU to T-Mobile.

        • Respawn

          Ha, I love people who think data comes free with tethering and their contract is void if that changes. Seriously, maybe we should consider it mandatory to read your contract aloud before you’re able to buy a phone. That way, when you’re being an idiot later on, maybe you might realize you only have yourself to blame for signing the agreement in the first place.

          AT&T and Verizon both stopped illegal tethering. It’s only a matter of time before T-Mobile and other companies follow suit.

        • Dominic

          Al, when you signed the contract you agreed to the T&C, which stated that tethering is prohibited and not supported unless you have the feature.  So per the contract you signed, they can cut off your data each and every time you try to tether and you have no legal recourse.

  • TMoFan

    No overages is a great seller against the likes of at&t and Verizon. Hope this isn’t a sign of things to come regarding their other data plans.

  • mike

    Makes sense.. your paying for 200mb’s of data, if you want more then you have to pay for it!

  • mike

    Makes sense.. your paying for 200mb’s of data, if you want more then you have to pay for it!

    • Joe

      i suppose you’re fine if they enforced the same policy on the 2gb and 5gb plans?

      • jarjon76

        I would be. If I have a 2GB plan and need more I bump it up to 5GB. If I’m using more than 5GB I’m putting down my phone and finding something more constructive to do.

      • jarjon76

        I would be. If I have a 2GB plan and need more I bump it up to 5GB. If I’m using more than 5GB I’m putting down my phone and finding something more constructive to do.

      • jarjon76

        I would be. If I have a 2GB plan and need more I bump it up to 5GB. If I’m using more than 5GB I’m putting down my phone and finding something more constructive to do.

        • Respawn

          But that’s crazy. People love streaming their porn. What do you MEAN their plans won’t be unlimited anymore?

          In all seriousness, at least T-Mobile has a cap on how much they bill for overages. If AT&T did something like that, they might be worth doing business with.

    • Jay

      How about data plans go Unlimited again. If not at least don’t u are unlimited

  • Neoprimal

    Because quite a few apps work just fine using throttled data. The speed mostly affects people trying to do media and loading heavy graphic/flash/media intensive web pages. I have my wife on the 200MB plan because she doesn’t surf much. She uses almost 200MB a month and this does NOT include surfing, any music or video….basically, her phone uses ~150MB just doing background stuff on it’s own like checking email, grabbing pulse updates and using her net’ only apps. You take that and bring it over to a throttled phone and people can still use their devices fine IF they don’t heavily use the phone for media.
    I travel with my mytouch 4G abroad and though the 3G/4G didn’t work in the country and my phone worked fine for doing things in the background as well as reading email and such. I wasn’t able to use Pandora or stream movies, etc. but I was even OK to surf as long as the site wasn’t heavy on images.

  • J. Williams

    This is about right, and it appears to be fair.

  • http://twitter.com/BeanTNT Bean

    tmo turning nazi

  • http://twitter.com/BeanTNT Bean

    tmo turning nazi

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see there’s a lot to look forward to if the T-mobile USA sale to AT&T doesn’t go through… lol