Nobody enjoys data caps and speed throttling, but it’s something that most of us have to deal with. T-Mobile has released a statement, reminding what it calls “extreme data users” that from October 16th the carrier will begin to reduce data speeds when a customer reaches 5GB of usage in a billing cycle. According to T-Mobile, this change should only affect extreme data users, which T-Mobile claims are less than 1 percent of the user base. When a customer does hit the 5GB limit, a free text message will be sent, informing them of their data speed reduction, which will be determined by their device type. Once the new billing cycle begins, data speeds will no longer be restricted. Data usage can be tracked through My T-Mobile, MyAccount, or the SIVR. The statement from T-Mobile reads:
Beginning on October 16, T-Mobile will begin to reduce data speeds when a customer reaches 5GB of usage in a billing cycle, in accordance with T-Mobile terms and conditions. This change should only affect extreme data users (less than 1 percent) and is being made to ensure that all subscribers receive the best Web performance available by limiting the number of extreme data users on our network. The majority of T-Mobile customers should not be affected by this change. The new 5 GB threshold limit, which is equivalent to approximately 125,000 yahoo.com page visits, is enough bandwidth to satisfy most customers’ Web and data needs. If a customer happens to reach the 5GB limit, they will receive a free text message informing them their data speed will be reduced. Customers will continue to have Web browsing capabilities but at slower speeds, which will be determined by their device type. Once their new billing cycle begins, data speeds will no longer be restricted. Customers can track their data usage through My T-Mobile, MyAccount, or the SIVR.