T-Mobile Debuts Novel Network Management with GoSmart
T-Mobile today confirmed that it will use an interesting technique to manage network congestion with its just-launched prepaid service, GoSmart Mobile. As stated on the GoSmart web site, "Certain T-Mobile plans may be prioritized over GoSmart Mobile plans during periods of congestion." A T-Mobile spokesperson explained to Phone Scoop that as network traffic becomes congested on any given cell, T-Mobile will allow its post-paid T-Mobile USA customers to access the fastest available data speeds on that particular cell. The maximum possible data speeds of GoSmart Mobile customers on that same congested cell will be slower, in comparison. T-Mobile said that all customers, whether post-paid or pre-paid, will have the same access to the network for voice calls and data services at all times. This network management policy applies only to data speeds. GoSmart offers three different plans. For $30 per month, GoSmart offers unlimited voice minutes and messaging. For $35, GoSmart offers unlimited voice, messaging, and unlimited web at "speeds appropriate for web browsing, email, and social networking." For $45, GoSmart offers unlimited voice and messaging, and up to 5GB of 3G data speeds. Users who exceed 5GB of 3G in a given billing cycle will be throttled down to 2G speeds for the remainder of the cycle, whether there's network congestion or not. T-Mobile's network management policy for GoSmart Mobile only applies to the $35 and $45 plans.
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T-Mobile's GoSmart Mobile Debuts $30 Facebook Plan
GoSmart Mobile, a prepaid business operated by T-Mobile, introduced a new entry-level plan today that offers unlimited LTE access to Facebook. The plan costs $30 per month and also includes unlimited talk and text and up to 1GB of 3G data.
AT&T Tweaks Throttling Policy for Unlimited Customers
AT&T today altered the wording of its network management policies such that customers with grandfathered-in "unlimited" plans won't be throttled as aggressively. Under the old policy, AT&T throttled the speeds of unlimited LTE 4G customers once they exceeded 5 GB of data in a single month.
AT&T Says 'Unlimited' Customers Can Use 22GB Before Throttling
AT&T has revised its network management policies in a way that benefits select customers. Moving forward, subscribers with legacy unlimited data plans can safely consume 22GB of data before encountering potential throttling.
AT&T's GoPhone Intros Unlimited Slow Plan
AT&T today made one of its postpaid plans available via its GoPhone prepaid brand. The new AT&T GoPhone Unlimited service plan costs $60 per month and offers unlimited everything at reduced speeds.
T-Mobile to Squelch Data Speeds of Terms Violators
T-Mobile has confirmed reports that it may throttle down the data speeds of customers who it says violate the company's terms of service. "A very small number of our customers are misusing their Simple Choice Unlimited data service in violation of their rate plan and terms and conditions by bypassing the default tethering feature or engaging in peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to FierceWireless.