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T-Mobile Plans to Slow Data Speeds After 5GB of Use

AT&T and Verizon have already switched to tiered data plans to keep costs down, but T-Mobile has been steadfast in keeping its "unlimited" data plans available for all smartphone owners. However, the tide may be changing, as it has been revealed that T-Mobile plans on reducing (or "throttling") download speeds when customers' data usage hits 5GB in a single billing cycle.

T-Mobile's data plans previously held a 10GB ceiling (nothing is really "unlimited"), but now with more and more apps using cellular signals to download movies, make calls, and stream music, data is in higher demand, which means a higher cost for wireless companies and customers alike.

Are you a T-Mobile customer who uses a boatload of data every month? Find out how T-Mobile will be alerting you of your overage, and how to check your current usage, after the break.

Once you hit your 5GB data cap, T-Mobile will send you a free text message alerting you that your data speeds will be slowed until your next billing cycle begins. To check your current usage, log into your T-Mobile account and click on the "Monitor Use" tab.

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Suzanne31381 Suzanne31381 5 years
This is nothing new. I'm sorry to say that T-Mobile has been throttling my outrageously priced "unlimited data" plan for months if I reach 10 GB--now they're just lowering that bar to 5 GB. They also are guilty of selling "unlimited" plans for data sticks, which turns out are not just throttled at 5 GB, you'll pay throught the nose by the byte. (And I'm not an idiot; they just lied when selling me the data stick plan.) If you are someone who needs to tether often for lack of wifi or hi-speed cable, this is a killer ripoff. I can't believe they can get away with selling unlimited plans that are not unlimited. I also can't wait to get out of this contract! Never again, T-Mobile. Thanks, Geek Sugar, for bringing this to light.
Suzanne31381 Suzanne31381 5 years
This is nothing new. I'm sorry to say that T-Mobile has been throttling my outrageously priced "unlimited data" plan for months if I reach 10 GB--now they're just lowering that bar to 5 GB. They also are guilty of selling "unlimited" plans for data sticks, which turns out are not just throttled at 5 GB, you'll pay throught the nose by the byte. (And I'm not an idiot; they just lied when selling me the data stick plan.) If you are someone who needs to tether often for lack of wifi or hi-speed cable, this is a killer ripoff. I can't believe they can get away with selling unlimited plans that are not unlimited. I also can't wait to get out of this contract! Never again, T-Mobile.Thanks, Geek Sugar, for bringing this to light.
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