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

August 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

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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.

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