T-Mobile to issue warnings to unlimited data customers using P2P technology

by: William Neilson JrAugust 13, 2014

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Several weeks ago, T-Mobile informed the public that there were a number of music streaming services that would not count against their customer’s monthly data cap. Although T-Mobile claims that they are not being paid by these selected streaming services, T-Mobile is in fact pushing their customers to use those streaming services.

Now, T-Mobile is apparently going to throttle just unlimited data customers who are apparently ‘mis-using’ T-Mobile’s network. If you are a T-Mobile customer that uses your 4G/LTE plan for peer-to-peer file sharing, T-Mobile has now decided that such use will result in heavy throttling. If you are not an unlimited data customer on T-Mobile’s network, feel free to peer-to-peer all you want with no throttling!

“T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network experience for T-Mobile customers. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will begin to address customers who are conducting activities outside of T-Mobile’s T&Cs.” – TMONews


What else is considered a ‘misuse’ of T-Mobile’s network?

Using the Service in connection with server devices or host computer applications, including continuous Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that are broadcast to multiple servers or recipients, “bots” or similar routines that could disrupt net user groups or email use by others or other applications that denigrate network capacity or functionality. – T-Mobile Rules, Section 18

T-Mobile says that they will contact a customer to inform them of their ‘terms and conditions’ if they are using their network too much. Oh, and that customer will have a ‘Misuse Warning SOC’ added to their account.

Then again, as has been shown a number of times, whenever carriers want to limit what a customer can and can’t use, they are most likely doing it for the money.

The company looked at 11,000 mobile phone bills of users on both throttled (tiered) plans and unlimited data plans and found… data usage was effectively the same. In other words, for all the talk about how tiers and throttles are needed to stop bandwidth hogging… reality shows that these plans have little impact on actual data usage. Or, to put it really simply: these plans are all about the mobile operators making more money and have nothing to do with network capacity. – TechDirt

The measures will start on August 17th.

  • joser116

    How will this help T-Mobile make more money? The unlimited plan is already the most expensive. They are simply throttling heavy P2P users.

  • Bradley Uffner

    It’s kind of funny how the “Unlimited” plan has more limits on it than the “Limited” plans.

  • MasterMuffin

    But P2P is one of the main reasons to get unlimited…


    I’m on one of T-Mobile’s older unlimited data plans before they started making data the money making point. Although I’m not cool with some of the throttling companies do for most of the reasons I think this isn’t so bad. I don’t use P2P heavily on my phone but will use it once every few months so I don’t think I’ll be throttled because of it but I think it’s these guys that torrent tons of stuff that suck down bandwidth, it’s hard to say you are torrenting GNU/Linux ISOs on your mobile phone so it has to be mostly illegal content which is already against most companies ToS. The “web camera posts” is probably the one I get irked about the most although I don’t use a web camera for anything so it won’t affect me.

  • Neo Morpheus

    Since our beloved country love wars so much, I guess that we should label this one the War on the unlimited data plans!
    Hopefully, we will stop hearing about the war on drugs, the war on terrorism and whatever war i’m missing.

  • arcwindz

    I wonder, i believe us has internet cable operator, is it good? And is it as limited as the wireless one?

  • Rob Willette

    If they want to put limits on the usage, they should stop marketing it as unlimited. Period.

  • Anita Brokaw

    I could not find any understanding about how they are getting away with limiting unlimited data,it makes no sense,why no one is noticing this discrepency ? They are really taking advatage of paying customers, we have been paying our bills fot a long time now so how far wl they go to contfol our usage of what they consider their networks. I really can not understand.

  • Anita Brokaw

    Whats the news about the spectrum deal that went bad. Now we no longer have anolog,or landline everything digitsl what a joke. Cla