T-Mobile Plans to Throttle Customers Abusing ‘Unlimited’ Data

Posted by at 4:24 am on August 14, 2014

Just after of Verizon’s announcement that it will periodically throttle the LTE speeds of its most prodigious users during times of network congestion, a leak from T-Mobile has revealed a similar program — but with a different approach. Rather than targeting a certain percentage of the heaviest users without discrimination, the carrier plans to first educate and then restrict the speeds of only those users who are in violation of the terms and conditions of the “unlimited’ data plans through torrenting or tethering abuse.

A memo, first uncovered by TMONews, reveals that the company “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.”

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