Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Mobile will raise its monthly soft-cap to 50GB

Mobile will raise its monthly soft-cap to 50GB

Now, it has been raised to a much more generous 50GB.

Starting September 20, T-Mobile is set to raise its "fair usage threshold", also known as its data prioritization limit, to 50GB from 32GB. Well, most users won't even notice a difference but those in the "top 1%" will appreciate a little more breathing room before the throttling kicks in.

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Ever since smartphones began demanding more data, smartphone providers had no choice but to implement a soft data cap or deprioritize heavy data users in favor of those who use less data. "To put it in context, you could stream a full 2 hours of Netflix every single day - that's 30 SD movies - and never even reach that point".

While T-Mobile has been steadily increasing speeds, the top two players have seen speeds fall thanks to the expansion of unlimited data plans earlier this year. If this sounds unfair, T-Mobile moves to argue that it is not meant to be unilateral. It looks like the 50GB figure may be here to stay for some time, and it no longer involves a percentage of data users. Of course, the restrictions will reset at the start of the next billing cycle. Throttling only happens when you've gone over the limit and there is network congestion in your area. You don't hit 50GB and get throttled for the rest of the billing cycle. In comparison, Verizon and AT&T have 22GB caps, while Sprint's is 23GB. Be assured though that if they do make an announcement, they will not do it quietly, as with past experiences with T-Mobile.

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