Thursday March 09, 2017

T-Mobile's "Unlimited" Data Cap Is Now 30GB

T-Mobile is attempting to fend off its competitors again. This time, they are making their "unlimited" plan more attractive by raising the deprioritization limit by 2GB. Now, you’ll have to exceed 30GB of usage before your speed is reduced. This gives you about 8GB more of freedom than the competition; Verizon and Sprint will start throttling you at 22GB and 23GB respectively.

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The company has raised the limit for "deprioritization" آ— when heavy data users are slowed down with reduced speeds in favor of other customers آ— up to 30GB. Previously that threshold was 28G, already higher than the deprioritization limits set by T-Mobile’s competitors. "This threshold represents how much the top 3 percent of data users on our network consume," a spokesperson wrote in an email to The Verge. T-Mobile adjusts the limit every three months in accordance with overall customer data habits. Verizon Wireless and AT&T may slow down users in areas of network congestion after they reach 22GB in a single month; Sprint allows 1GB extra at 23GB.