Update: T-Mobile has today (January 13) come back on its previous statement now stating that existing customers won't be affected by the cuts to data limits, only new and upgrading customers will be hit. Lysa Hardy, VP of T-Mobile UK, said: ""Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1st February, to new and upgrading customers only - not existing customers. There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused."
Advances in smartphones (and “superphones" of course) in recent months - including dual-core processors, high resolution displays and super-fast operating systems - should mean better gaming and video streaming on these devices. Well to most of us it does, unless of course you are a T-Mobile customer and have been told to “save that stuff for your home broadband.”
Yes it seems as if T-Mobile believes mobile phones are not in fact multimedia devices but should only be used for basic internet actions such as checking email, tweeting and updating your Facebook status. T-Mobile has cut it fair usage data limit to 500MB a month - down from 1GB for some customers and 3GB for Android customers. This cut in usage by T-Mobile is in direct opposition to its Everything Everywhere partner Three, who last month announced its unlimited One Plan. T-Mobile has confirmed that “from 1st February 2011 we will be aligning our fair use policies so our mobile internet service will have fair use of 500MB.” This includes the Android monthly plans that currently have a cap of 3GB.
The T-Mobile statement said: “So remember our Mobile Broadband and internet on your phone service is best used for browsing which means looking at your favourite 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.”
T-Mobile claim that the average user uses only 200MB a month so this cut will only affect a small amount of users. Additionally T-Mobile has said that people will not be charged if they stray over the limit and will continue to retain access to email and web-browsing.