T-Mobile Confirms Upcoming Change To 200MB Plan Overages

T-Mobile has confirmed in a short statement to the Wall Street Journal their intent to change the low-end data plan to incur overage charges rather than throttling customers who hit the limit. “Customers will incur overages of $0.10 per MB when they exceed 200MB of data ($10 for 10MB) up to a maximum monthly payment of $40 with Value plans or $45 with Classic plans for data including the 200 MB add-on fee.” This represents a small change since our own leaked info stated that the overage charges would be maxed out at $30 for Classic Plans and $35 for Value Plans.

As expected T-Mobile will notify customers when they reach 90% of the 200MB level and then again when they hit 200MB allowing them the opportunity to select a higher data plan. The change will go into effect on August 14th as expected.

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  • Neoprimal

    Any details on whether people with 200MB “unlimited” will be grandfathered or if this change is an absolute change to the plan and therefore will alter any and all 200MB plan users?

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      It is grandfathered.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      In the contract T-Mobile customers signed, T-Mobile reserved the absolute right to modify any term of a subscriber’s contract, said change applying forward.

      If T-Mobile chooses to impose this change on only new subscribers or customers who change their plan, that’s simply because T-Mobile has chosen to not apply it on current subscribers.

      T-Mobile may simply choose to “wait things out” on this change in policy, or a few months from now apply the change to all subscribers.

      All of the above assumes that T-Mobile did not address this in the announcement.  Perhaps it did.  I’ll go take a look.

      • Anonymous

        that doesn’t seem fair they can break and alter the contract at anytime but if you want to leave you have to pay an ETF that can’t be right

      • Anonymous

        that doesn’t seem fair they can break and alter the contract at anytime but if you want to leave you have to pay an ETF that can’t be right

      • The ATL Guy

        Are you back mike?

      • The ATL Guy

        Are you back mike?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      OK, I looked at the WSJ article and it simply says “customers” which assumes the change would apply to existing 200MB customers. 

      Let me check the T-Mobile announcement and official change.

  • DP

    doesnt 10 bucks get you a whole GB at verizon? This doesnt seem very consumer friendly, especially coming off of a “no overage charges” campaign. 

  • nEx.Software

    $0.10 / MB is an awful lot.

    • Anonymous

      Considering that you could max out paying $55 for 600 MB worth of data……um….yeah

      edit…can’t tell if you are being sarcastic or not

      • nEx.Software

        I am being totally serious. That’s ridiculously expensive.

        Next question: Will they then throttle once you hit that max extension cost?

        • Anonymous

          I was wondering that too because if thats the case then ppl we are in trouble because apparently they already have att employees working on the pricing schemes….

        • Anonymous

          I was wondering that too because if thats the case then ppl we are in trouble because apparently they already have att employees working on the pricing schemes….

        • Anmcqueen1987

          They will not throttle at the 200 mb with these plans, but if you reached 5 gb then they would throttle the speed at that point.

      • nEx.Software

        I am being totally serious. That’s ridiculously expensive.

        Next question: Will they then throttle once you hit that max extension cost?

  • http://twitter.com/JoeBiancofiori Joseph Biancofiori

    Seems like if you do the math it’s not $10 for 10MB, it’s $10 for 100MB…seems like All Things D forgot their calculator today.

     “Customers will incur overages of $0.10 per MB when they exceed 200MB of data ($10 for 10MB) up to a maximum monthly payment of $40 with Value plans or $45 with Classic plans for data including the 200 MB add-on fee.”

  • http://twitter.com/JoeBiancofiori Joseph Biancofiori

    Seems like if you do the math it’s not $10 for 10MB, it’s $10 for 100MB…seems like All Things D forgot their calculator today.

     “Customers will incur overages of $0.10 per MB when they exceed 200MB of data ($10 for 10MB) up to a maximum monthly payment of $40 with Value plans or $45 with Classic plans for data including the 200 MB add-on fee.”

  • wickedez

    This is just the beginning. Tmobile is starting to set it up for Att merger. I wouldn’t be surprise in a few months before all plans are tiered.

  • gerry frawley

    How about giving us a plan somewhere between 200mb (too small) and 2 gbs?

    What is it with this magical 200mb number that all the providers have settled on?

    • Doug Banks

      Value plan 200mb is $5, 2gb is $10. Do we really need a plan in between? If you exceed classic $10 200mb by 100mb plus, isn’t it your own fault for paying extra instead of switching to $20 2GB. All people do is complain rather than use common sense.

  • Tito!

    Sooo. . they rather lose contract customers by pulling a cable company “fee” stunt?
    Love you T-Mobile. Hate you Humm.

    You can’t just expect profits from this, & expect it to be good business .
    When those consumers get those bills they’re gonna be shocked & wish they had never.
    What’s more important than profits in a business, a satisfied customer.
    A satisfied customer can help promote a brand to their doing, meanwhile an angry soon to be former customer will use their word to the wise mouth and recommend others against this carrier.
    Not a smart move at alll.
    Overrage charges on higher teired data plans? Maybe.
    The lowest one? A walking repellant.

    Thanks, Humm. You should have death threats by now.
    Don’t mess with AMERICA’s T-Mobile for your Parent company’s liking, they only hurt themselves.

  • Tito!

    Sooo. . they rather lose contract customers by pulling a cable company “fee” stunt?
    Love you T-Mobile. Hate you Humm.

    You can’t just expect profits from this, & expect it to be good business .
    When those consumers get those bills they’re gonna be shocked & wish they had never.
    What’s more important than profits in a business, a satisfied customer.
    A satisfied customer can help promote a brand to their doing, meanwhile an angry soon to be former customer will use their word to the wise mouth and recommend others against this carrier.
    Not a smart move at alll.
    Overrage charges on higher teired data plans? Maybe.
    The lowest one? A walking repellant.

    Thanks, Humm. You should have death threats by now.
    Don’t mess with AMERICA’s T-Mobile for your Parent company’s liking, they only hurt themselves.

  • Tito!

    Sooo. . they rather lose contract customers by pulling a cable company “fee” stunt?
    Love you T-Mobile. Hate you Humm.

    You can’t just expect profits from this, & expect it to be good business .
    When those consumers get those bills they’re gonna be shocked & wish they had never.
    What’s more important than profits in a business, a satisfied customer.
    A satisfied customer can help promote a brand to their doing, meanwhile an angry soon to be former customer will use their word to the wise mouth and recommend others against this carrier.
    Not a smart move at alll.
    Overrage charges on higher teired data plans? Maybe.
    The lowest one? A walking repellant.

    Thanks, Humm. You should have death threats by now.
    Don’t mess with AMERICA’s T-Mobile for your Parent company’s liking, they only hurt themselves.

  • Iz

    It’s like the bad news keeps coming and coming…

  • Iz

    It’s like the bad news keeps coming and coming…

  • Iz

    It’s like the bad news keeps coming and coming…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    Like a feature phone needs 2gigs of data…….

  • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com JM

    Now all of their data advertising is a lie…until they change the ads.

  • Anmcqueen1987

    To clarify…. existing customers on the no overage 200 mb plans will not see a change to the new version unless they request it. This will apply only to people adding the 200 mb plan after August 13th. And you could not ever pay 65.00 with this plan. The rates they are referring to with the overage costs are including the cost of the 200 mb plan, I.e. classic plan pays 10.00 for 200 mb, if they exceed and are charged .10 per mb, the charges will stop at an additional 30.00 thus equaling the $40 total.

  • http://twitter.com/hoorayitsjordan Jordan B

    this has already been happening. i received my bill for july and went 258mb. i was charged for the overage.

  • Majenta Rulz

    They are probably doing this because of all the iPhone users on the network.  

    • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

      i wouldnt doubt it either, iphone users are already running edge so they wouldnt have to worry about exceeding their data caps and hog all that data :O

  • Majenta Rulz

    They are probably doing this because of all the iPhone users on the network.  

  • http://twitter.com/NuoTang Nuo Tang

    Wait, if it’s $0.10 per MB shouldn’t it be $10 for 100MB?

  • http://twitter.com/NuoTang Nuo Tang

    Wait, if it’s $0.10 per MB shouldn’t it be $10 for 100MB?

  • http://twitter.com/NuoTang Nuo Tang

    Wait, if it’s $0.10 per MB shouldn’t it be $10 for 100MB?

  • http://twitter.com/NuoTang Nuo Tang

    Wait, if it’s $0.10 per MB shouldn’t it be $10 for 100MB?

  • http://twitter.com/NuoTang Nuo Tang

    Wait, if it’s $0.10 per MB shouldn’t it be $10 for 100MB?

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Hang on. Where does the $15 “WEB200″ plan fit into all this?

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Hang on. Where does the $15 “WEB200″ plan fit into all this?

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Hang on. Where does the $15 “WEB200″ plan fit into all this?

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Hang on. Where does the $15 “WEB200″ plan fit into all this?

  • Walt C 81

    Tmobile is trapping a lot of people with their f’d up plans. Got me renewing my contract when I upgraded data plan, now trying to get the $50 everything plan I gotta pay the 200 termination to get that plan. Maybe pay the 200 and switch to Verizon.

    • derek 21

      go to verizon and pay double for the 50.00everything plan that’s actually a prepaid plan, the value plan with unlimited talk text and 2gb is 54.99 good luck finding something remotely close to that at verizon, and you have to pay the 200 migration fee because tmobile needs to recoup their money for just giving you a phone at a subsidized price , if all it was a recent rate plan change your not charged the fee, come on ppl it’s a business yall act as if its a company of thieves.

    • derek 21

      go to verizon and pay double for the 50.00everything plan that’s actually a prepaid plan, the value plan with unlimited talk text and 2gb is 54.99 good luck finding something remotely close to that at verizon, and you have to pay the 200 migration fee because tmobile needs to recoup their money for just giving you a phone at a subsidized price , if all it was a recent rate plan change your not charged the fee, come on ppl it’s a business yall act as if its a company of thieves.

  • http://twitter.com/xxmonkey92 Tulio Mesa

    Watch them start doing this for the 2Gb and onto the 10 Gb and so on, sheesh Tmobile just change your colors already

  • Stephen

    WANT TO SEE IF SOMEONE CAN SEE IF THIS LOGIC MAKES SENSE IN TERMS OF TMOB VALUE VS CLASSIC PLANS…seems like unlimited talk/text/2gb data on classic is 79.99 (allegedly with subsidized phone) vs value at 59.99 (with your own phone)…Thats $20 for 24 months so that comes up to $480…So if you buy a phone on its own cheaper than $480, you’re better off doing t hat and then doing the value plan at 59.99 (assuming you want to stay with Tmob which I prob will not but just trying to make sure I understand how this works)….So for example I see the LG Optimus T Android Phone is on Amazon for 209.99 for phone only – no service…On the Tmob site, its 149.99 (just $60 less) on the Classic plan that then charges an additional $20 a month for 24 months…so wouldn’t it make sense to buy the phone from Amazon…then sign up for a value plan with that phone…wouldnt that save a lot of money…You only paid $60 more for a phone and then yours saving $480 more over 2 years…when it all changes if  you become ATT anyways.  So is this right or am I totally missing it.  Im still getting 1000 min for 39.99 (well with tax it often is near 50 with a couple of text messages) and just got a Mac so an iPhone will be more attractive (although even looking at ATT – you can get pretty advanced android phones for .01 with a 2 year contract, yet iPhone 4 is 199or more)…but everyone I know – most of my family, most of my friends – even friends in other countries- everyone has an iPhone.

  • eYe

    What I want to know if they will throttle after they charge that max amount of $45… or will they throttle after 200MB… too many unknown variables.

  • Cholt2322

    I called T-Mobile on this yesterday.  They told me that this is ONLY for the Value Plans!!  If you are on a Family Plan (like me) then this does not apply to you.  Once you hit 200MB, they will throttle you down with no overages or penalty fees. 

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Try reading the article again, T-Mobile specifically mentions both plans.