T-Mobile made the announcement yesterday that it’s upping its “prioritization point” for unlimited users. Unlimited had previously meant 32GB, but now they have pushed that up to 50GB. What this means is that T-Mobile users can use 50GB of data before prioritization kicks in. T-Mobile is quick to note that prioritization is not equivalent to throttling as speeds will only be slowed when a user has consumed more than 50GB of data that month, annd they are in an area that is experiencing congestion.
I’m happy to announce that starting tomorrow we’re increasing T-Mobile’s prioritization point from an already-industry-leading 32GB to a whopping 50GB! Meanwhile, Verizon and AT&T sit at a meager 22GB, meaning Un-carrier customers can use more than 2x the data before prioritization kicks in.
When T-Mobile customers who use the most data hit these prioritization points during the month, they get in line behind other customers who have used less data and may experience reduced speeds. But this impacts them only very rarely, like when there is a big line, and it resets every month.
If you’re not familiar with how these plans work, you’re probably wondering why there is a cap at all. Technically, data is unlimited, carriers do include soft caps. Once you’ve used up your monthly allotment, the carrier will de-prioritize your speeds if there is too much demand on the network. Which makes me wonder why they even offer the “unlimited” plans? I, myself, do not use a lot of data. … Read the rest
You’re all aware that Apple has created a new Apple Watch, that supports LTE. And you’re all probably thinking that it will enable you to access the internet at LTE speeds, when you’re not connected to your iPhone. Right? A few days ago, however, we found out that T-Mobile had placed some “restrictions” around what that coverage looks like. Those restrictions are that you can only reach 3G speeds. More specifically 512Kbps. Which feels like we have taken a step back in time, if I’m being honest. I guess the reason I’m saying that is because it’s 2017, and the goal shouldn’t be these speeds. Further to that, Apple made a watch that supports LTE, so why aim so incredibly low, T-Mobile?
The issue is tied to T-Mobile’s restrictions on its plan option, including the T-Mobile ONE plan, which restricts wearable devices (and tethering devices) to only 512Kbps. And while it’s certainly not LTE speeds, especially not on T-Mobile’s speedy network, it’s also worth pointing out that many people won’t be doing the data-heavy things they would be doing on their smartphone where an LTE connection would necessarily be wanted, or even required. But if Apple advertises LTE, then let’s get LTE, folks.
T-Mobile heard this loud and clear and CEO, John Legere had this to say:
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“The Apple Watch Series 3 Plan on @TMobile will be $10/m for unlimited 4G LTE. Thanks for your feedback. We always listen and act!
Recently, T-Mobile spent $8 billion on new low-band spectrum to improve its wireless network. And as of a couple of days ago, that network is online. Cheyenne, Wyoming is the first place in the country to use T-Mobile’s 600 MHz LTE network. They are calling it a “cluster site”. T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer, Neville Ray has described this rollout as a “massive milestone” for T-Mobile and one that should make significant impact on closing the gap between T-Mobile and Verizon.
Calling this a “massive milestone” is actually an understatement. This kind of project typically takes years. For example, in 2008 Verizon bought 700 MHz spectrume from the FCC in a similar auction. But they weren’t able to turn the network on until 2010. The FCC only granted the licences in June, so for T-Mobile to have this up and running by August is nothing short of incredible.
The 600 MHz spectrum is going to be huge for T-Mobile as it will fix the network’s coverage problems. In general, the lower the frequency, the better the coverage. Lower frequency radio waves travel further and can penetrate objects better, which means better coverage in rural areas and inside of building. Which is where Verizon’s network is currently excelling, because of the low band spectrum.
The Wyoming site that was launched earlier this week is the first of many that should be live by the end of the year. The image above shows where T-Mobile is planning on expanding that coverage in 2017. … Read the rest