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T-Mobile UK Cuts Down Data “Fair Use” to 500MB

zombie handshake In an interesting yet annoying move T-Mobile UK has cut down their data buckets to 500MB citing “Fair Use.” According to them their flat rate data buckets were only meant for email and web browsing and not for watching video or downloading files. This 500MB bucket is much lower than the 5GB set by T-Mobile in the US and is really going to hamper the style of many mobile users.

BlackBerry users at least are on the good side of this rule since BlackBerrys tend to sip data for email and web instead of gulping it like Android and iPhone devices. Still with more mobile video like YouTube available to BlackBerry users this can get annoying.

According to T-Mobile UK:

So remember our Mobile Broadband and internet on your phone service is best used for browsing which means looking at your favorite websites like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, BBC News and more, checking your email and looking for information, but not watching videos or downloading files. If you want to download, stream and watch video clips, save that stuff for your home broadband.

What do you think of this policy change?

via Engadget

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  1. That’s disappointing for those in the UK.. I wonder if they’re as screwed over by carriers as we are in Canada!

  2. This is very intimidating T mobile UK.

  3. in Romania you pay 11$ + taxes (24%) for 5MB of traffic :))))

  4. I think this is great! another reason people should be sticking to blackberry. Maybe they should advertise how they might save users money with examples like this.

    • Not a bad idea! I know I’m quite happy that I only need 500mb, because the higher plans are just way too much here. Actually the new competitors in Canada have come in with some very aggressive pricing. Too bad im on a contract

  5. Here’s my two cents:

    1.) If you are paying for service, then you should be able to use it as you feel. They are making good money off the plans so why downsize it? Who’s place is it for them to tell you what you can do with your phone.

    2.) However, I have an iTouch, Droid, and Bold 9650. I can’t stand to watch videos on any of them. It’s too small. What’s the point?

    • I think the carriers didn’t anticipate how fast the phones would evolve to the point that people actually do want to stream video and music on them. so the “unlimited browsing” plans that many had kind of bit them in the ass.

      still i think you’re right that the consumer whos paid for the service should be able to use it how they wish.

    • Same here. I think I’ve watched a total of 5 videos since I started on the smartphone train. These screens are too small.

  6. That really stinks. When will this happen to T-Mobile USA?

  7. very similar to what carriers here have done.

  8. Carrier’s the world over are going to be more and more restrictive of data use on their 2G/3G networks. They just don’t see any way to recoup additional investments when they see their future being aggressive roll-outs of 4G. Well, not TMO USA of course. They just want to keep upgrading their 3G to fast and faster speeds and CALL it 4G. Assuming of course any handset companies see a value in producing HSPA+42 devices that are really only supported on vary limited networks.

  9. This is definitely a step in the wrong direction. However, I am on a 500MB plan with Rogers on my 8900 and have only come close to using all the data (492MB) one time. I consider myself a heavy user and am very glad for the BB data compression.

  10. That definitely sucks. I never go more than 150-200mb a month but I’m still keeping my $19.99 unlimited BB plan.

    I don’t want to risk needing to do more than the 200mb plan allows.

  11. I’m on the 6gb plan from rogers and I have never came close to using half of that and I watch of youtube videos. But all my friends that have iphones with th same plan all go over there limits every monh and we use our phones about the same

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