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T-Mobile to Squelch Data Speeds of Terms Violators

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Aug 14, 2014, 11:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. "This type of usage can negatively impact our ability to offer affordable unlimited data. In order to protect all T-Mobile customers, we will be reaching out to these people to educate them on our terms and conditions of service, but if the misuse continues, they could have their data speeds reduced for the remainder of their billing cycle." Enforcement of the terms of service is set to go into effect August 17 and applies only to customers with T-Mobile's $80 Unlimited Simple Choice plan. T-Mobile's action follows closely that of Verizon Wireless, which recently said it plans to throttle the data speeds of its unlimited LTE customers in certain scenarios. The FCC has queried all the carriers on their network management policies in response.

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Aug 14, 2014, 11:59 AM

Includes $70 Unlimited Data

This also included users of the $70 Simple Choice plan with Unlimited 4G High Speed Data as well. That add-on to the original $50 base plan is $20, which gives the $70 price. Grandfathered customers are still subject to T&C regarding network management which has been written into all contracts including month to month contracts for the last decade or so. Nothing new here, just TMobile tightening up the ship.
And just how many sales reps over the last decade or so have informed their customers that this was possible? If I'd have to guess, 0. But I'm also guessing, they had no problem telling the customer many times during the transaction that the data was ...
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