The operator may like to think that it supports the concept of ‘Life’s for sharing’, but T-mobile has decided that sharing does not extend to video streaming and downloads for new users.
As from 1 February 2011 new and upgrading customers will be given a monthly 500 Mbyte data allowance and there will be no charge for those customers exceeding that limit, whilst using services such as email and general web browsing.
However, in what it calls an effort to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users, those downloading files and streaming services, such as mobile video and TV, will face restrictions. Such users will be given the option to increase their monthly Fair Use Policy to 1 GByte a month by purchasing a Mobile Broadband Booster.
Said Lysa Hardy, VP, T-Mobile UK: “[We have] announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500 MBytes a month for all mobile phone customers…There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."
However the moves comes only a matter of weeks after T-Mobile UK was extolling the virtues of new purchase options for iPad users, which it said included ‘more affordable’ prices when purchased with a data service plan, for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models. In explaining what it was offering, the firm highlighted how the iPad’s Multi-Touch user interface could support a host of applications, not least watching HD videos.