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Using your T-Mobile unlimited data for torrents, warez? Expect to get throttled

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Aug 2014 4:29 User comments (5)

Using your T-Mobile unlimited data for torrents, warez? Expect to get throttled According to a leaked memo, it appears that T-Mobile will be cracking down on unlimited data users who are "abusing" the system and download torrents, warez and from P2P sites.
The carrier currently offers unlimited text, talk and 4G/LTE data (with free tethering/mobile hotspot) for $80 per month. All other data plans already throttle your speed down to 2G/EDGE after you have reached your cap (generally 2.5-5.5GB).

Reads the memo:

"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."

Among the "abuses" in the T&C are "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."


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5 user comments

114.8.2014 18:06

They have the worse service and now they will limit downloading from the few customers that can get a decent signal from their lousy service !

215.8.2014 02:40

It's nothing new, Years ago when I worked for them we at one point had many people with unlimited plans in NY using the phones as walkie talkies staying connected in conference call all day (Typically Cab Drivers, they felt this was an abuse of service as well and permanently disconnected several accounts. ISP's are doing the same thing regardless if they say their not, VPN can hide the specifics but it wont hide the overall amount of traffic usage.

315.8.2014 09:06

No big deal. I was with Sprint forever and their service was the worst ever. I tried Tmobile for a few days and it was great compared to Sprint. I don't go overboard, but I'll pay attention to see if I notice any slowdown when I DL.

416.8.2014 00:11

WTF Don't call it unlimited if it's not unlimited. Why the hell they let these AH cell company's call it unlimited I don't know. There is no in between, it is either unlimited or IT'S NOT.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Aug 2014 @ 12:12

520.8.2014 15:45

If you read the fine print (which I have) you have a specific amount of 4G/LTE data (depends on your cap, mine is 21 GB), then once you hit that limit, your speeds get reduced to 2G/EDGE speed with no limits. The 2G/EDGE speeds are painfully slow, reducing any net traffic you might want to do to a very slow crawl.

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