T-Mobile tipped to begin slowing speeds of unlimited high-speed data customers that misuse plan

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| August 13, 2014

T-Mobile CEO John Legere

Just a few years ago, most every wireless carrier offered unlimited data for smartphone owners. Things have changed since, though, with many operators opting instead to offered tiered data plans or unlimited data with a limited amount of high-speed data. T-Mobile is one of the lone carriers that offers an unlimited high-speed data plan, making it an attractive option for data-hungry mobile users. However, it looks like T-Mo is about to begin cracking down on customers that abuse that unlimited plan.

According to some intel received by TmoNews, T-Mobile has noticed that some Unlimited High-Speed Data plan users are consuming lots of data and are taking part in peer-to-peer file sharing, which is against T-Mo’s Terms & Conditions. T-Mobile will begin to take action against those customers starting on August 17.

T-Mobile network abuse management

If a user is identified as abusing his or her Unlimited High-Speed Data plan by using P2P file sharing or misusing it in some other way, such as continuous Web broadcasting, T-Moblie will contact a customer to explain its T&C and warn them that their speeds could be slowed if they continue to misuse the network. T-Mo will also apply a “Misuse Warning SOC” note to that person’s account. If the misuse continues, the user’s file will get hit with a “Misuse Throttle SOC” and their speeds will be reduced.

Using P2P file sharing or doing things like broadcasting video can use up a lot of bandwidth, so it’s no surprise to learn that T-Mobile is planning to crack down on users that are utilizing their bottomless bucket of high-speed data to do these things. If you’re a part of that group, you’ve got four more days before T-Mo comes knocking at your door, so consider this your first warning.

Via TmoNews