T-Mobile Unlimited 4G data teaser

T-Mobile announced today that it will throttle LTE data and speeds for users on unlimited plans who illegally use more data than they bought by concealing their tethering.

A small percentage of T-Mobile customers on unlimited 4G LTE plans have been discovered to be gaming the system in order to make their tethering look like smartphone usage.

T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plans offer a set amount of mobile hotspot data (up to seven gigabytes) and include tethering at no extra charge. Making tethering look like smartphone usage allows data-hungry customers to use significantly more 4G LTE tethering than their plan includes, with some people consuming up to two terabytes a month.

Their activities have a “disproportionately negative impact” on other users as these rule-breakers “can compromise the network experience for other T-Mobile customers.” The carrier will now clamp down on those people by starting to throttle their data speeds, especially if the carrier determines that they’re misusing their data to access peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

“We’ve developed technology that can detect these people who choose to break our terms and conditions,” said the company. As per T-Mobile’s updated FAQ page on stopping network abusers, the carrier will enforce its customer terms and conditions.

“We’re first warning these customers that they’re illegally using more data than they bought,” reads the document. “We hope folks will stop on their own so they can keep their current plan.”

To be clear, only those people who are signed up for T-Mobile’s old $70 unlimited plan or the current $80 Simple Choice plan will be affected by the new policy. T-Mobile introduced unlimited nationwide 4G LTE data, with no caps, no overages and no annual contract more than two years ago.

So what happens if folks don’t use their data according to T-Mobile’s terms and conditions? Easy, the carrier will throttle their data speeds so they won’t need to “worry about overages” and move those customers to a plan with one gigabyte of 4G LTE data, tethering included.

“Once they’re on a plan with a set amount of 4G LTE data, it won’t matter what method they use for Smartphone Mobile HotSpot,” reads T-Mobile’s notice.

“Once they use their 4G LTE data bucket, they’ll continue to be able to use data at reduced speeds and still never worry about overages.”

T-Mobile began communicating these changes to customers today.

Chances are you don’t need to worry about the new measures as T-Mobile has discovered that a very small percentage of people who make up a fraction of a percent of its customer base have been gaming the system.

Source: T-Mobile

  • Chonburi Am

    2terabytes!!! Who uses that much most for me would be like 1tb.

    • Rowan09

      That’s constant streaming for 1TB or just for the fun of things. The people must be using it as Wifi for their homes.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Mobile pirate torrenteers.

  • :D

    I have unlimited 4G data but only use about 500mb a month

    • Julio Hernandez

      Oh my god then why are you spending the extra money for unlimited?

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Because happy face can! I wouldnt be surprised if someone with an unlimited plan doesn’t even use data at all.

  • but then they are not Truly unlimited. i have 2 lines for $100 but i used like 30GB a month or more that is without hotspot

    • Their data is unlimited, not the hot spot, and 7 gb is generous for altering what the phone is supposed to do.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      30 gigs?? Thats it???

      • That is the lowest

      • Bugs Bunnay

        right?! and that’s the phone on idle!

      • That just me using but I am pretty sure I can used 100gb easy I never used tethering like that but 7gb goes my on idle and idk why

  • TwinSon

    Holy cow 2TB? I hot spot with my Xbox sometimes but the most I’ve ever used is like 20GB in a month including normal data usage. I’m on bored with T-Mobile that’s insane.

  • Tyler Smith

    There goes the people using mywi/tetherme/and pdanet

  • 2 tb you can’t possible have a job or leave the house at any point in time. You’re running some kind of small operations with that usage.

  • n0ahcruz3

    2 tb a month?!!!!

  • Manuel Molina

    T-Mobile needs to stop, because they cap people now with slow data after 21 GB. I don’t tether and my LTE is slow as hell. Unless it’s my area, I notice my internet gets slower as my monthly cycle goes on.

  • Dante Arellano

    you are killing tmabile stop!