Good news for T- Mobile customers on unlimited data plans, the data depriorization threshold has been increased to 32GB. Customers now are guaranteed not 30GB (as it was before) but 32GB of high speed 4G internet before the chance of their speeds slowing to 3G temporarily during times of high-network congestion. In other words, T-Mobile’s unlimited plans just got a bit more truly unlimited.
Almost every unlimited data plan on the market today comes with the data deprioritization caveat. Sprint’s depriorization threshold is currently at 23GB, while AT&T and Verizon both have their thresholds set at 22GB. Why?
And the reason for this is?
The networks claim altruism, data depriorization is their way of ensuring the best possible experience for the most users.
T-Mobile states, “To provide the best possible experience for the most possible customers, we implement network management practices on a content-agnostic basis, such as caching less data and prioritizing data usage." Um, content-agnostic means what?
Ever-benevolent AT&T tells us just be happy we aren’t paying for any data overages. After stating its data deprioritization policy, it adds,
“As always, Unlimited Data Plan smartphone customers will still have the comfort of knowing that, no matter how much data they use in a billing cycle, they will continue to pay a single monthly flat rate. That is the essential promise of the Unlimited Data Plan, and we are pleased to continue honoring that promise.”
I’m sorry AT&T, but the essential promise of an Unlimited data plan is Unlimited data, plain and simple.
Compare & Save
Compare Carriers to Find the Perfect Cell Phone Plan
T-Mobile is one of the "Big Four" cell phone carriers in the United States, a key player in the wireless market. Founded in 1994, T-Mobile USA is helmed by outspoken CEO John Legere.
- Network: T-Mobile's 4G LTE network runs on LTE bands 4 and 12. These bands use the frequencies 1900, 1700 def and 700a. For phones using 2G or 3G network technology, the T-Mobile network will primarily use the 1900 MHz frequency.
- Coverage: At last check, T-Mobile ranked #3 in overall coverage in the U.S. That may change, though, as the company quickly buys up spectrum in previously-uncovered areas.
- Where to Buy: T-Mobile products can be purchased online or at one of the company's over 3,500 U.S. stores.
- Bring Your Own Phone to T-Mobile: Customers can bring along their unlocked, GSM-compatible phones for service on T-Mobile. Just make sure that the device supports T-Mobile's LTE bands and 3G frequencies; you can check here.
- Tethering: T-Mobile's unlimited ONE plan includes unlimited hotspot data at up to 3G speeds. Customers can add ONE Plus to get unlimited Smartphone Mobile HotSpot data at up to 4G LTE speeds.
- Taxes & Fees: One of the biggest perks of T-Mobile is that all taxes and fees are included in the price of their plans.
Fact: T-Mobile's unlimited plans have been incredibly popular, and arguably moved the entire wireless industry in the direction of all-you-can-use talk, text and data plans. Learn more about T-Mobile via our carrier review.