- T-Mobile will modify the texts it sends to users when they are throttled. The texts will state the actual throttled speed, which is either 64 Kbps or 128 Kbps, depending on plan. They will also include a link to a speed test site or app that will give accurate results when throttling is in effect. This is necessary because T-Mobile exempts most speed test apps and sites from throttling, probably so that they can advertise having the fastest network based on aggregated speed test results.
- New T-Mobile smartphones will come with a preinstalled app or link to a speed test that will give accurate results when the user is throttled.
- T-Mobile will disclose its actual throttled speeds in plan descriptions on its Website. Currently throttled speeds are described as "2G" with no mention of the actual speed. The Website will also disclose that T-Mobile doesn't throttle most speed tests and tell users where they can get accurate throttled speed test results.
I think it's interesting that T-Mobile has two different throttled speeds. I suspect that it's mainly prepaid plans that get the lower 64 Kbps throttle.
I'm hoping that the FCC to start requiring all mobile operators, including MVNOs, to disclose if and when data speeds are throttled and what the actual throttled speeds are. There's a real lack of transparency when it comes to throttling. Vague statements like "reduced to 2G speeds after 500MB" make it impossible for customers to accurately compare competing plans when 2G means 64 Kbps with one operator and 128 Kbps with another. Even worse are the operators, that throttle "high speed" data to say 1 Mbps right from the first byte as many AT&T MVNOs do on pay as you go plans. Everyone knows that actual speeds vary but if the network is imposing an artificial speed limit on certain plans I believe that's something that should be disclosed in advertising and plan descriptions.