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    Default T-Mobile throttle speeds?

    Every time I ask I get a different answer and I suspect there's a reason for that.

    If I use T-Mobiles new "unlimited, but we'll throttle it" plans, after the initial 4G-ish bundle is used up, what speed or service do they reduce the data to?

    T-Mob said they'd drop from 4GLTE to plain 4G H-whatever+ speed. Then, another rep said LTE drops to 3G. And then another said it drops to EDGE/2G ?!

    Which might be correct, because the folks reselling T-Mobile "unlimited but throttled" data over at Walmart said the same thing, that it would drop to 2G/3G speeds once the LTE limit was reached. Seems like everyone has a different answer which usually means the worst one is true.

    I give T-Mob great credit for ending the subsidy nonsense and unbundled phones, but I just wish they'd figure out what they were selling, and then train all their staff to give the same answers to the same questions. As Daffy Duck once said, "What a bunch of maroons!"
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    Yeah bro its edge speeds. That's the main reason why I'm on the 70$ month plan. I can't do america online speeds lol.

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    I speak from experience... After, I ran out of "LTE" speed, it dropped to Edge (but it shows that you are still on 4G/LTE)
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    It drops to Edge speed. You usually get around 100-128kbps, up to 160kbps if you get full bar. It's possible to check email and navigate with that speed. So 10 - 20 kilobytes per seconds.
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    Won't be doing much streaming though!


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    Thanks, all. Not looking to stream on the phone, primarily want to be able to look up local destinations, get driving instructions, mundane things like that which shouldn't need a lot of data. Then again, I've seen GoogleMaps go out to lunch while trying to do that on a 4G system as well. But throttling all the way back to EDGE speeds....I guess that proves the "new" T-Mobile isn't quite as generous as they're trying to make themselves look, either. I would have thought all the EDGE equipment was being obsoleted and scrapped by now but even remote third-world countries probably don't want it either.<G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
    Thanks, all. Not looking to stream on the phone, primarily want to be able to look up local destinations, get driving instructions, mundane things like that which shouldn't need a lot of data. Then again, I've seen GoogleMaps go out to lunch while trying to do that on a 4G system as well. But throttling all the way back to EDGE speeds....I guess that proves the "new" T-Mobile isn't quite as generous as they're trying to make themselves look, either. I would have thought all the EDGE equipment was being obsoleted and scrapped by now but even remote third-world countries probably don't want it either.
    It's not new, it's always been like that. It's more generous than the other 3 carriers, you pay less for data and actually get to continue to use it when the high speed bandwidth is up. With other carriers you either stop dead or get charged if you continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    It's not new, it's always been like that. It's more generous than the other 3 carriers, you pay less for data and actually get to continue to use it when the high speed bandwidth is up. With other carriers you epithet stop dead or get charged of you continue.

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    what he said
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    I haven't seen a drop in speed. I still do speed tests from time to time and still get outstanding results.

    I haven't streamed movies yet, plan on getting Netflix in 2014. Am I not seeing something? I am only at 9gb of data, but this is my first month with tmobile. And I have to say that I don't see a slow down in speed from the first gb of data to the 9th gb of data.

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    Are u on the 30$ or 70$ plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central n ohios best View Post
    Are u on the 30$ or 70$ plan.

    Sent from my T-Mobile LG Escape running 4.1.2 using tapatalk 2 (Central n ohio Austin IL)
    I'm on the $70 plan. Last month I topped off at 11 gb of data and never had a throttle problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willanaya View Post
    I'm on the $70 plan. Last month I topped off at 11 gb of data and never had a throttle problem.

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    They don't throttle the $70 plan. That is, in fact, the entire point of being on the $70 plan. It is truly unlimitted. The other plans come with 250 MB or 2 GB of 4G speeds then you are throttled down to Edge speeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdevenberg View Post
    They don't throttle the $70 plan. That is, in fact, the entire point of being on the $70 plan. It is truly unlimitted. The other plans come with 250 MB or 2 GB of 4G speeds then you are throttled down to Edge speeds.
    I don't have the $70 plan myself since I have home internet, but I think they do throttle it after 10,000GB, but it's not possible to use up that much bandwidth even with current T-Mobile LTE speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    I don't have the $70 plan myself since I have home internet, but I think they do throttle it after 10,000GB, but it's not possible to use up that much bandwidth even with current T-Mobile LTE speed.
    I think you can use more. If it wasn't for the extra 2.5gb of hotspot data, I would have had 13gb of bandwidth used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    I don't have the $70 plan myself since I have home internet, but I think they do throttle it after 10,000GB, but it's not possible to use up that much bandwidth even with current T-Mobile LTE speed.
    If it is literally impossible to reach the data cap, does the data cap actually exist? o_O
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    Its 10 GB not 10,000. And YES they throttle it to a snail pace when you go over that. I use my tablet quite often via my T-Mobile phone (wifi tether) to watch CNN or movies. And when it gets throttled, I park it until the next month. They even manage to slow the phone down when I'm connected to wifi at home (once its been throttled).
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    I use 10+ worth of gb a month and I never get throttled.

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    I've also seen over 10gb and not had a problem. Also, I'm pretty certain that your carrier physically cannot and will not affect your Wi-Fi connection. It is an impossibility as it is an entirely different radio... it wouldn't be legal if even it was possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallas Texas View Post
    Its 10 GB not 10,000. And YES they throttle it to a snail pace when you go over that. I use my tablet quite often via my T-Mobile phone (wifi tether) to watch CNN or movies. And when it gets throttled, I park it until the next month. They even manage to slow the phone down when I'm connected to wifi at home (once its been throttled).
    They don't throttle after 10. I've seen people with over 100GB and not having any issues with speeds

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    Yeah idk where he got that info from

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    just to clarify
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    I have their true unlimited plan where supposedly they don't throttle the speed, but I've noticed that when I'm using a lot of data my speeds slow down.
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    I did about 163 GB last month. HSPA+ is faster in my area than LTE is in Chicago. I didn't see any throttling. Occasional speed drops during peak hours, but nothing to complain about. I average 8 - 15 down.

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