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T-Mobile Kills Overage Charges, Challenges Others to Follow

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Apr 14, 2014, 8:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile today announced that it will abolish the practice of charging overage fees beginning in May. The change will apply to all T-Mobile customers, no matter what plan they subscribe to. Overage fees are generally charged when a customer surpasses their monthly limit for voice minutes, messaging, or data use. Further, T-Mobile CEO John Legere challenged AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon to do the same thing. "Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," said Legere. "Today I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers – because it's the right thing to do." Legere kicked off a Change.org petition and is asking consumers to sign it in order to force change at T-Mobile's competitors.

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Apr 14, 2014, 11:47 AM

Throttled Vs Capped.

The fine print in Tmobile's new entrance plan, claims that once 500mb of data has been consumed, Tmobile will cease the service for remainder of the billing cycle.

I'm hearing a lot of talk about throttling. However, throttling doesn't cease the accessibility of data consumption. It may slow it down but doesn't terminate it.

For those that don't mind slower service, data will still be used and someone will end up paying. I would love to take a peek at the fine print of this new "Uncarrier" proposition of no overages. It sounds like tmobile is trying to parry the wording of price plans to make them seem more attractive yet only limiting what consumers use.

John B.
Simple Starter $40 plan - capped
After going over 500MB, you cannot access the web.

Simple Choice $50 and up - throttled
After going over your data plan, connection slows down.

T-mobile Kills overages on old plans - throttled
Before: $0.10/MB...
Slammer said:
slower service, data will still be used and someone will end up paying.

Once everyone is on a plan, the cost is fixed whether the available system is used or not. Using data is not some expense which must be pa

Apr 14, 2014, 2:31 PM


Isn't T-Mobile supposed to be contract free now?
New customers = no contract
Existing contracts = valid
Charles Bigelow

Apr 14, 2014, 4:49 PM

Read the fine print.......

There has got to be some microscopic fine print somewhere for all this. When something like this is first introduced, the wording is all convoluted around to sound one way and mean another. 😉
right thats why imtrying o get some type of clearity
once i can gonna try to look ino it a bit more
T Bone

Apr 14, 2014, 11:01 PM

So everyone gets unlimited everything now?

Isn't that what it means if they no longer charge overage fees?
Not necessarily. Apparently the are just going to kill your data connection if you go over, so they don't have to charge you overage.
The Victor

Apr 14, 2014, 9:00 AM

Blocking data

so the way im thinking of this is that ifsomeone has one of these plans and use the data instead of allowing them to still use it and just apply an overage fee theyre probably just gonna stop it completely making them change their plan most likely
I think your partly right if this becomes standard, they will either throttle you or like you say completely stop all data.
Grandfathered data plans like 200MB which formerly charges you .10/MB after going over will now be throttled to 2G once you go over 200MB.

Apr 14, 2014, 3:35 PM

THis doesnt make sense

So your telling me i could get the cheapest plan talk as much as i want and use as much data as i want and i wont have overage. How long before your company falls due to loss of profit?
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