T-Mobile confirms deprioritization threshold will increase to 50GB on September 20


One day after we heard that T-Mobile may be planning to increase its deprioritization threshold, T-Mo has officially confirmed the change.

Starting tomorrow, September 20th, T-Mobile’s deprioritization threshold will increase to 50GB. That threshold is currently sitting at 32GB, where it’s been since May.

If you use 50GB of data in a single month, your data usage will be deprioritized behind other users. This means that your usage is placed behind other users and you may experience slower data speeds if you’re in an area with network congestion. Once you enter a new billing cycle, your usage resets and your data usage will stop being deprioritized until you hit 50GB in a single cycle again.

T-Mobile says that the top 1 percent of its data users consume 50GB of data per month.

To compare to other carriers, Sprint’s deprioritization threshold currently sits at 23GB per month. AT&T and Verizon’s thresholds are both at 22GB per month.

This is a big jump for T-Mobile’s deprioritization limit, and it means that some heavier data users on T-Mo will no longer have to worry about having their usage deprioritized. While having no deprioritization at all would be nice, T-Mo will likely want to keep it around since it uses this threshold “to manage network traffic and ensure a small number of the very most active users on our network don’t negatively impact everyone else so everyone can have a great experience.” With this increase, only the heaviest data users will be affected.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • riverhorse

    Am I correct in assuming that on the appropriate plans, approved things/entities @ Music Freedom/HD Video … Netflix, etc. count as zero data towards this new 50gb limit?

    • bkat11

      Incorrect! They are talking about overall data usage which includes music and HD video

      • MadMartigan

        Same with kickbacks on the One plans. :)

        • dcmanryan

          Wish they would up the data from 2gb and still qualify for the kickback discount. Two of my lines are always 2.5-3gb costing me $20…So close to saving $20.

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  • pops87

    I wonder if MetroPCS users will also see the huge jump. Fingers crossed..

  • Romdude

    They just doubled the amount before you will be deprioritized compared to other carriers. Other carriers’ users should be thankful too, I’m sure their carriers will respond as well. Never gotten close to the previous limit but nice to know it’s higher now. I personally appreciate deprioritization, if there is a lot of excess bandwidth, by all means highest users can use it but when it is busy hours or a congested tower, it is only fair that they don’t get to hog it all specially when I am also paying extra for unlimited highspeed 4g.

    • SirStephenH

      The few customers being effected by de-prioritization don’t effect congestion in any significant way. De-prioritization is just there to encourage people to use less.

  • Matt

    Now this is truly an uncarrier move! When Verizon is disconnecting customers, T-Mobile is making unlimited even friendlier.

    • john smith

      what?! the most greedy (i mean best) network in america is punishing (rewarding) its customers by asking them to waive (protect) their privacy with disingenuous (awesome) rewards programs?? no way.

  • blokeinusa

    Wonder if they are going to increase the hotspot/tethering limit as well?

    • Jay Holm

      THAT would be very helpful and useful!!!

    • Irfan

      if you Video stream set on 480p , which is slower , this will not going to hit again your data hotspot , its un-limmited

      • Irfan

        I mean turn on Binge On ..

        • SirStephenH

          True, but only if the video service is a partner. Binge On will slow all of your video to 480p speeds (1.5Mbps) but only a select list of providers can be streamed data free.

        • mavricxx

          On that small screen you can barely tell the difference on 480p anyways. I have Binge On and love it, I never worry about my data and you say select list like it’s a small one. They have the most popular on there. I watch YouTube all the time and never run to my cap because of it and I have 6gb a month plan only. Also,at work I listen to online music all the time and again, I never run to my cap.

      • Mark

        Even the slower 556kbps deprioritization on T-Mobile is VERY severe from my experience. It’s unlimited but often completely unusable after 32GB, I’m glad to see they’re raising it.

  • john

    I would prefer a loyalty program where long time customer like me who has been customer for 14 years get special upgrade deals. Th latest iPhone should be sold for $200 cheaper since it doesn’t have latest LTE network capability. Do away with the nonsense and useless and boring Tuesday deals!

    • riverhorse

      Somehow Apple and discount in the same sentence is so, so…
      Can someone else help me here?

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      • spierce617

        Keep talking like that and you will need to go on for a drug test. That is what they tell me at work.

    • Jon

      grandfathered plans are your effective loyalty program.

      • Romdude

        Exactly Jon. I’m enjoying benefits that new customers aren’t unlike the other carriers where they pull the rug (unlimited internet) from under you then bring it back lol.

    • SirStephenH

      They have to discount every iPhone then. iPhones never have the latest network capabilities, they’re always at least a year or two behind.

  • John Doe

    So will T-Mobile now be more aggressive in deprioritizing after 50GB?

    • Irfan

      I don’t think so , feel free to use they not going to slow u like 2g , u will still get better speed mean u will get better speed to run video streaming ..

  • Jay Holm

    More proof how full of themselves these wireless carriers are when it comes to their networks not being able to handle a lot of data traffic. LTE is capable of a ton of data traffic if it is deployed properly! Hint, hint…3x carrier aggregation on every cell site, not just a few.

    • Sharti24

      Good point, but Tmobile does have half the customer base of verizon and att

      • noh1bvisas

        true, but they are both losing customers. tmo is gaining.

      • Jay Holm

        Even if Tmo had the same customer base, if LTE were deployed to it’s full potential, speeds would not suffer.

        • Sharti24

          True but they would have to shutdown hspa for that to happen. Which idk why they dont and keep 2G running because it only uses very little spectrum in guard bands

        • SirStephenH

          They have been working towards shutting down 3g for a few years now. Some people still have devices that are incapable of LTE and some like squatting on 3g even though they have access to better speeds with LTE. They can’t just shut it down overnight and strand their customers on 2g so they’ve been squeezing 3g into ever smaller amounts of spectrum. Many areas are down to a minimum 5×5 of spectrum for 3g and TM’s reportedly not even deploying 3g at new cell sites. The death of 3g on TM is coming.

        • Brandon

          I wish that Tmobile would shut down all of their 2G

      • SirStephenH

        T-Mobile also has less spectrum than Verizon and AT&T. They just make better use of what they have.

        • Sharti24

          After the 600mhz auction Tmobile is on par with Verizon owning the same amount of spectrum

        • Bossman

          And doesn’t Sprint own more spectrum than Verizon and AT&T? We see how their network is. There is more to network capacity than spectrum.

  • Irfan

    this is good , but to be honest if you get between 8mbps to 15mbps its enough for one smart phone to perform all tasks , i hit twice first time 33GB limit and now I am on 40GB plus data and did not felt any slower speed , T-Mobile is the true carrier not like Verizon which always scared you with big bill …

  • Sharti24

    How many people have to be connected to a tower at one time for it to depriortize you

    • EastWindRain

      It depends on what those people are doing.
      Not many, if everyone at the tower is streaming 4K-quality Netflix, and casting it to their big-screen TV.
      Too many data hogs= traffic jam.

      • Sharti24

        Yeah but i wish tmobile sent out a text telling us we’re on a current conjested tower and our speeds will be affected

  • Carlos Rodriguez

    I love TMobile!

    • Carlos Rodriguez

      And im in the 25gig a month user

  • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

    For those wondering about Metro. They upped their deprioritization threshold to 35GB…

    • riverhorse

      TY. I suspected something like this, TMO wanted to keep clear, sole advantage.
      Ehh, better than nothing.

  • kmand

    Does anyone know if this applies to the 100 minute / unlimited data $30 plan?

    • Luis Hotdaddy Vasquez

      No. They are now focusing everything to the ONE plan. Plus, your plan most likely has only 5GB of LTE before 2G speeds kick in…

      • Nobody Special

        the 50GB threshold limit applies to the Simple Choice users as well, not just the T-Mobile ONE users.

        I have only 7GB Hotspot Tethering on my phones with the Simple Choice Plan… some have anywhere from 2.5GB, 4GB, 5GB, 7GB, 14GB.

        Having a small thethering limit of 7GB prevents me from taking advantage of the 50GB LIMIT. T-Mobile may as well raised the limit to 150GB because after 7GB im slowed down to 2GB speed anyway…. Binge-On helps some, but many other things online deflate my tethering bubble :( so i usually can get upwards of 20GB before my tethering ends… i doubt I will ever make it to 50GB unless T-Mobile increases my tethering from 7GB to 14GB :(

  • SirStephenH

    Why didn’t this come out with the last Un-Carrier? Instead some people got “free” Netflix which wasn’t ever a pain point.