You know the report that said T-Mobile would be throttling those who abuse their 4G LTE network for peer-to-peer file sharing and wrongful tethering? It appears that this is not exactly the case and that T-Mobile wants to, instead, reach out to help these people change. And, as far as there only being a select few… Read more »
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If you’re using T-Mobile’s network to torrent all seven seasons of The West Wing (remember kids, piracy is for jerks) or tethering like an absolute madman, don’t be surprised if your data speeds start dipping dramatically over the next few weeks. According to a leaked internal memo (which T-Mobile has substantiated) data draining customers with one of the carrier’s Unlimited 4G LTE plans — like the $80 Simple Choice option — will see their speeds throttled starting on August 17 if they don’t change their network hammering ways. The only real consolation here is that T-Mobile won’t spring this on you out of the blue. Before you start getting throttled, the carrier will contact you to give you a warning — if you don’t shape up, your LTE speeds will be cut down until your next billing cycle rolls around.
T-Mobile confirmed to us in an email that it indeed plans to start throttling certain unruly customers if need be, and they’ve already found a few poor souls to make its corporate displeasure known to. Take a gander at the carrier’s official statement below:
As America’s Un-carrier, we have broken the wireless industry rules to abolish numerous customer pain points and provide our customers with the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network. A very small number of our customers are misusing their Simple Choice Unlimited data service in violation of their rate plan and terms and conditions by bypassing the default tethering feature or engaging in peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing.
This type of usage can negatively impact our ability to offer affordable unlimited data. In order to protect all T-Mobile customers, we will be reaching out to these people to educate them on our terms and conditions of service, but if the misuse continues, they could have their data speeds reduced for the remainder of their billing cycle.
Via: Android Police
T-Mobile, for all of its Un-carrier ways, still has to act like a traditional carrier every once in a while. Such is the case where, next week, they will begin throttling users who engage in peer-to-peer file sharing and tethering outside of normal terms and conditions. Expected to stat August 17, this should only impact… Read more »
T-Mobile LTE throttling to commence due to P2P file sharing and tethering abuse, unlimited plans Only
T-mobile has certainly proved themselves a worthy adversary in the carrier business over the last couple of years. Plenty of changes have brought customers to magenta in droves. Just because T-Mobile is bending, and in some cases, breaking the wireless industry rules, doesn’t mean that there are some things they have to tighten up on slightly. Seems an internal memo has made its way online that depicts that T-Mobile is finally being forced to get a little heavy-handed, at least in one area of its service.
“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.”
OH NO!! Seriously though, this isn’t really a huge deal. If you are on any normal data plan that offers, say 2GB of data at full speed and then you are throttled anyways, there is no need to worry at all. This is targeted toward the older $70 and the newer Simple Plan $80 unlimited plans that don’t throttle your usage. It isn’t even that this is something new either, T-Mobiles Terms & Conditions have had the policy for some time and now T-Mobile will just finally be enforcing it.
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.
It is also very important to point out that this isn’t going to happen because you watch too much Netflix or Hulu either, this is aimed specifically at P2P file sharing and tethering outside of the T&C. You won’t go from high-speed data to 2G over night. T-Mobile will contact you first and let you know that they are on to your shenanigans. If you fail to heed the warning, you get a nice little ‘Misuse Warning SOC’ added to your account. Keep pushing your boundaries and that SOC will be replaced with a “Misuse Throttle SOC’ that will slow your data down considerably. This makes it really easy for customer care and store team members to see why you might have data speed issues if you want to pretend that you have no idea what is happening.
You guys have between now and August 17th to get your affairs in order before you have to worry about the throttling. In a nutshell, keep the torrent, P2P and online broadcasting to your hardwired ISP.
Here is an image of the information that T-Mobile reps are reading up on now.
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Pay-per-use cellphone plans are sometimes befuddling — the rates can change depending on whether you’re calling or texting, or how much cash you put on your account. T-Mobile thinks it can end this confusion with its new, much simpler Pay as You Go plan. As long as you plunk down at least $3 per month, it costs 10 cents for every text message or minute’s worth of talk time; you won’t have to guess how much credit you have left after a long call. It should be cheaper in some cases, too. Previously, you had to pay as much as 33 cents per minute for voice if you only bought small Pay as You Go refills.
There are new data passes to go along with these basic options, although they’re really meant for travelers and others who only need short-term access. Paying $5 per day will get you 500MB of full-speed data, while $10 will give you 1GB to use over the course of a week. You’re still better off with regular service plans if you use your phone often, but the new offering could make life a lot simpler if you only occasionally need to get in touch with others.
T-Mobile and the uncarrier initiative has certainly raised a lot of eyebrows. They have single-handedly changed the wireless game and a lot of people are loving it, I know I do. They continue to make changes that help alleviate customer pain points. While there will always be something to complain about, every small step helps in the long run. T-Mobile has just released and app that will undoubtedly be a welcomed sight for travelers. The apps is called “Device Unlock”, and while aimed at one specific device currently, it is one step closer to wireless freedom.
The Device Unlock app only works with the more recent Samsung Galaxy Avant, a mid-range Galaxy device that is only $216 full price. The app offers a quick and simple UI to request that your Avant is SIM unlocked so that it can be used on other carrier networks at will. Pretty nice really. I assume this came about for more reasons than just a customer pain point. No one likes to call in to request a SIM unlock code. I assume this also got pushed through based on number of calls from customers who are only requesting an unlock code. Drive down the call volume, save time and money.
The app can be installed on any T-Mobile device, but it won’t do you a lick of good unless it is the Galaxy Avant. You will be met with a screen that tells you that your current device is unsupported. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have it installed and check every so often if your current device gets some support for it though. If you have an Avant then you will be presented with two options, a permanent unlock and a temporary one. Your choice. Naturally i assume there will be a wait period and that you will input your email address to receive your code. I don’t have an Avant sitting around to try it on, so I am just guessing. If anyone out there does and they go through the process, please let us know how it worked out.
Source: Android Police
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Now that phone unlockers have been given the governmental green light, T-Mobile’s trying to make the very process of unlocking less of a hassle… albeit very slowly. You see, the magenta-hued carrier has created a Device Unlock app that’ll let you either temporarily unshackle your phone for 30 days (perfect for those brief stints abroad) or do the deed permanently. Sound too good to be true? You may have a point. You’re still bound by T-Mobile’s eligibility requirements if you try to permanently unlock your device, for one, and the app only works with Samsung’s decidedly mid-range Galaxy Avant (on which the app comes preloaded) right now. The folks at Android Central couldn’t help but sideload the app onto a few other devices, but didn’t have much luck freeing any of them from T-Mobile’s tight grip. Here’s hoping this limited release is just a pilot program of sorts — we’ve reached out to T-Mobile to see if they’re willing to share any more.
Via: Android Central
Source: Google Play
T-Mobile has become the number one provider of prepaid wireless service, according to a press release from the Un-carrier. Overtaking the bigger three players in the space, T-Mobile now services some 15.64 million no-contract subscribers. By comparison, Sprint has 15.19 million, followed by AT&T at 11.34 million, and Verizon at 6.04 million. It looks like MetroPCS deal… Read more »
The firmware version is 14.4.B.0.37. You will be prompted through the device about the update, but the Sony PC companion app is the only way to install it, as you can see above. With the update you wills e the newer Xperia home launcher, transparent navigation and status bar, white status bar icons, improved stability, Wi-Fi calling, better reception, better audio and improved touchscreen response. Along with compatibility for the Sony SmartBanf SWR10.
If you don’t have the Sony PC Companion app on your PC yet then you will want to get that up and running first. You can download it from Sony. Your device should prompt for the PC Companion software to be installed anyways though. This update will most liekly break root if you have it, but it should be easy to root again. It also still keeps the bootloader locked.
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Softbank-owned Sprint has reportedly changed its mind about buying T-Mobile US, according to the Wall Street Journal. It seems a bit surprising, given the amount of time and energy Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son has put into pursuing the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the US — committing to buy the company for as much as $40 billion. That said, the alleged reasons behind the decision to withdraw a bid make sense: Sprint faces too much of a challenge getting the deal over the necessary regulatory hurdles. The company likely came to this conclusion after a long series of meetings with government officials, who reportedly expressed concern that such a deal would take a toll on competition in the US wireless industry. Sprint declined to comment, but the Journal reports that the carrier plans to make an announcement early tomorrow.
The report also states that a competing bid for T-Mobile, made by French company Iliad, wasn’t considered for very long; the company’s $15 billion offer simply wasn’t enough for Deutsche Telekom to give it any serious thought. For now, it appears that T-Mobile will continue on its own for quite some time — and judging by its current growth, it won’t be too long before it overtakes Sprint as the third-largest carrier in the US.