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T-Mobile to Make Slight Changes to On-Device Data During Network Congestion

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Earlier today, T-Mobile quietly revealed to their customers that they were "putting on-device experience first". Essentially, what this means is that T-Mobile will be prioritizing on-device data instead of Smartphone Mobile HotSpot data.

According to T-Mobile, this prioritization is only applicable once there is a congestion in the network. In such instances, T-Mo says its customers will still be able to use their device as a hotspot. However, the carrier warned that there will be noticeable reduced data speeds when using Smartphone Mobile HotSpot during these network congestion periods.

As explained by T-Mobile, this prioritization is being implemented to ensure that each of their customers continue to get the best mobile experience possible. While there are some expected arguments on whether or not this change is good for customers, it is important to note that on-device data prioritization will only take place once there is network congestion. Hopefully, this is something that does not happen all the time.



Source: TMONews

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  1. The way to get a best service is expand LTE network not restricting device speed.

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  2. So now they can claim "network congestion" and slow down tethering speeds whether or not congestion really is taking place. It's not like there's any real-time transparency. But in the meanwhile, I'm sure they'll keep selling unlimited data subscriptions, backed by their BS advertising.

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  3. Another net neutrality violation, this is not QoS!

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    1. At least it is not as bad as Binge On, where T-Mobile finds you for watching video from the wrong companies. Which happens to be the vast majority of video providers.

      It doesn't seem terribly surprising, I kind of thought they were doing stuff like this already. T-Mobile seems to be a company that loves to throttle you in many different ways for many reasons.

      What's wrong with the companies simply letting you use the data that you paid for in any way that you want, as long as it is legal?

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  4. I was considering switching but not after reading this.. My view is that it could possibly be used for any excuse just to save them some money. after all profit is the motivation for most big companies..

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    1. Seems mostly bad news coming out of Tmo now.

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  5. Good. Too many abusers using their phone for home internet.

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  6. Sounds fine to me.. Tmos first priority is to provide good internet / network service to their mobile customers (as in phones). They're not trying to be your ISP to provide internet for your laptop. Using it once in a while for your laptop is fine, using it for your primary home or office internet connection is not what it's designed for.

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  7. T-Mobile service in San Antonio is horrible right now. I get call rejection/system busy signs all the time. Dropped calls are normal. All due to Binge/movie downloads etc. Limit it!

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  8. And I have been wondering why my hotspot started to be so slow.

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  9. Seattle hotspot service is barely usable most of the time anymore.

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    1. TMO is definitely over subscribed in some areas. Just moved six miles ... LTE hotspot speed 30 Mbps steady at old house, 300 Kbps to 2.5 Mbps depending on time of day at the new.

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    2. I posted the previous note ...

      I improved my hotspot speeds significantly by forcing my Z915 to use UMTS instead of GSM/UMTS/LTE mode. 2.6 Mbps versus 160 Kbps just now. Here is the howto:

      https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-29049#steps3

      I guess it's just the LTE network that is overloaded here.

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