So T-Mobile has been up to quite a few changes over the last several months, riding the customer satisfaction rollercoaster much in the same way that AT&T and Verizon have. While the Magenta network may be switching things around, their changes don't seem to be as overpowering as some other alterations from other carriers, which may soften the blow for the network's most recent scheduled changes. Or it may not, seeing as people hate extra charges, even if the charges aren't as ubiquitous as some would believe.

The latest and greatest plan change for T-Mobile USA focuses on the users utilizing that 200MB per month data plan. 200MB may not be a lot of data, and I'm sure that the majority of you out there could probably use that much in a week's time; but some folks out there really only need a limited amount every month. But no matter how hard you try, overages are always a possibility, and now T-Mobile is looking to capitalize on that possibility. That's right, overage charges are coming to the 200MB plan, taking off on the 14th of this month.

What that means, is that while you are given 200MB to use as you wish over the course of a month, the moment you go over that specific amount the carrier will start charging you extra fees. As it stands right now, T-Mobile will only be charging ten cents per megabyte, which isn't bad. What makes it better, though, is the fact that customers will only be charged up to either $40 or $45, depending on your plan. So it is good news that people won't be able to rack up a ridiculously large bill.

While this may seem like a negative move on T-Mobile's par, I really don't think it is. After all, there really isn't anything stopping the carrier from charging ridiculous rates for going over your agreed allotment, but they went the better route. Additionally, it isn't like T-Mobile had to keep the 200MB plan at all. The carrier could have easily dropped the minimal plan altogether and told subscribers to bump up their plan, and monthly price. Any or all of that could have happened, but instead we're just talking about reasonably priced overage charges.

But I know that not everyone is going to see this as a positive, and I understand that. But like I just said, things could be much worse. T-Mobile seems to be trying their best to stay positive in the customer's eye, whether that means by still offering unlimited tiered data plans, even if there is fine print to go along with it. They are trying and that has to count for something. Then again, on the other hand, this could all be a move to test the waters before Magenta permanently pulls the carpet out from under the 200MB plan and removes it from plan options. It wouldn't be impossible for this to happen, even if it does seem to be unlikely at this point.

How does T-Mobile stand in comparison to the other major wireless networks? Are they doing everything they can to stay relevant, or are they simply biding their time before they become more like the others? Let me know in the comments what you think.

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"Should T-Mobile charge overages on their 200 MB data plan?"

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Nico Vasquez
Nico Vasquez No! They shouldn't.
Diego L. Rivera
Diego L. Rivera No u dumbass they wanna b afortable!;/
Brendon Birky
Brendon Birky i have t mobile and i love it
Tim Fuhrmann
Tim Fuhrmann T-Mobile should go rot in hell.
Bill Ready
Bill Ready Of course not! This is the same crap the banks were doing with their over draft charges... You won't even know your over until you've racked up double what you normally pay in overage charges.
Asher Enciso
Asher Enciso stop moaning and get sprint, it will make your life easier
Sean Reece
Sean Reece they shouldnt even limit you anyway! its not "truly unlimited" until your not worying about how much data your using
Curtis VanSelus
Curtis VanSelus I hate how they say unlimited but they throttle it down to speeds of a turtle after u pass 2gb....Sprint is looking good with their true unlimited plan
Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen Much of the cell phone carriers' greed is related to their inflated and scammy data charges, which are almost impossible for the consumer to monitor. These companies can make plenty selling unlimited data and web plans for $30 a month.
Adrian Salazar
Adrian Salazar The 200 mb data plan would be perfect for people that have an iPhone since the iPhone can't take advantage of 3g or 4G and defaults to 2g. Sucks for iPhone users.
Muhammed Ahmed
Muhammed Ahmed No wayy
Ali Khan
Ali Khan T-mobile wants to make as much quick buck as it can before its sold to ATT... if only there was another GSM provider... cheezus!
Eric East
Eric East Big N little o
Thea Koeuth
Thea Koeuth tmo charged me $20 for each line (5x) for having to reconnected my lines bc of late payment.... they never used to do this !!! im outraged !! $100 added to my bill..
John Cruz
John Cruz The phone carriers are being greedy no more unlimited data on most
William Lai
William Lai no they should just stop the data at 200mb
Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson No, they should just stop the data flow when you hit 200mb
Joe Stuckey
Joe Stuckey That plan was originally intended for entry level phones that were for mostly checking emails and occasional photos. Now, even then entry level phones have full blown internet capability with social networking features. Most people are on the plan are using substantially more than 200mb and need to party like everyone else. Not the to mention the added cost to cover the subsidizing of the newer phones
Eric Kroh
Eric Kroh tmo is getting bought by att anyways..doesnt matter..prices will go up when its official anyways by ATT
Argenis Reyes
Argenis Reyes umm i got a question i have the 200 mb plan... and since i got it way before august 13th if I go over they wont charge me right?
Matt Nelson
Matt Nelson No way! But then again, that's why I have Sprint! I use 3 or more gigabytes of data a month, there are month I use 5+.... If I am going to pay for an unlimited plan I want it to be unlimited with NO throttling! Just makes sense.
Angel Ortiz
Angel Ortiz NO
Chevy Trucks
Chevy Trucks BTW - IMHO, no, they shouldn't.
Chevy Trucks
Chevy Trucks 200 MB, isn't it "unlimited" according to their $50 plan info. They just throttle the speed down after that, right?
Russell Groce
Russell Groce No, I already pay 30 bucks a month for the 200 mb on my galaxy tab.
Arturo Salazar
Arturo Salazar galaxy s2 !!!!!<3 g2x :))) its cool too!!!<3
Luis Montoya
Luis Montoya No this is stupid
Ed Casas
Ed Casas YES, without a doubt!
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie No absolutely no way
Alex Ochoa
Alex Ochoa He'll no
J Litz Van
J Litz Van 200mbs is actually a lot more then you'd think. I went from unlimited to 200mbs 2 weeks ago. So far I've only used 47.9mbs out of the 200mbs. Not so shabby I must say! :-)
Steve Arpad II
Steve Arpad II Seeing as the 200mb plan is for people that don't use data but require a plan for a smart phone, or people that patched their phones to not throttle. I don't see why it matters. They should bring back unlimited data plans with out the heavily priced tiers.
Joseph Alan Richardson
Joseph Alan Richardson I got 1GB with Tmobile. :) Blackberry give me 500MBs and Tmobile give me 500MBs every month... :D
Micah Watkins
Micah Watkins 200mb isn't enough for me anyway.
Simon Yu
Simon Yu Yes.. Lol. it's 200mbs not 200mbs Throttling plan.
Ryan Gibbons
Ryan Gibbons No, hav unlimited data
Hunter Young
Hunter Young Yes, they already have cheap.plans. just go one Higher. I pay $50 less than I did at Verizon and I have 4g and unlimited everything. Verizon capped my minutes and only had 3g
Josh Rankin
Josh Rankin I think T-Mobile should pick a rate plan and stay with it. And if they are going to call something "unlimited," it damn well better be.
Ronnie Carlough
Ronnie Carlough for 5 gssss
Ronnie Carlough
Ronnie Carlough i pay 300 dollars a month for family plan unlimited for 4 phones .and they slow my data down every month
Haracio Spencer
Haracio Spencer No
Xavier Robinson
Xavier Robinson Can we just get a real unlimited plan.
Ronnie Carlough
Ronnie Carlough becoming to exspensive
Matthew James
Matthew James
Ronnie Carlough
Ronnie Carlough no way losing alot of bussiness
Josh Head
Josh Head Yes, if you want to use more data than 200mb, pay for it like the rest of us do.
Matthew James
Matthew James Yes. Think about all of the markets in which the only available speed is EDGE. Now realize that every single smartphone activated there has had literally ZERO reason to get a data plan higher than the $10/200MB. That is a tremendous amount of lost revenue on a sale that has a pretty drastic equipment subsidy to begin with. They are a business, not a charity.
Matt Nowak
Matt Nowak Tmobile = Trash
Johnny Torres
Johnny Torres No.... But it's not Tmobile anymore..... it's AT$T
Juan Jose Rios
Juan Jose Rios T-Mo sucks now! they want to charge me $200 to change my plan and extend my contract for 2 more year for each line.
Arturo Salazar
Arturo Salazar g2x and s2 <3
Tony Joseph
Tony Joseph They should let people who have already signed up for 200mb plan keep it, and have new users follow the new guidelines.
Kelvin Hines
Kelvin Hines No
Brian Jones
Brian Jones nope they should make internet unlimited & stop putting caps on them before AT&T takes over
Cristian Tomasito
Cristian Tomasito i have the monthly 4g no contract plan, has unlimited everything including data with no throttling for $70. So far so good..
Sasuke Wang
Sasuke Wang No -__- they shouldnt...
Ferrell Jones
Ferrell Jones 200 is nothing! ill go trough that very quickly
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson There is a way to charge overages, but not soak the customer big time.
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson I think they should bump you to the 2gb plan and charge a $10 fee on top
Will Mezian
Will Mezian no
AleXander WaTson
AleXander WaTson Yepp!
Elisha Adeagbo
Elisha Adeagbo No.

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