On the third day of T-Mobile's latest "uncarrier" marketing salvo, the company proudly proclaimed that it would be getting rid of "predatory" overage fees -- sort of. According to a T-Mobile press release
, the company announced they're "abolishing" overages, and is challenging other wireless carriers to follow suit -- in the form of a Change.org petition
So what is T-Mobile actually
doing? The company says they're eliminating "overages" on Simple Choice, Simple Starter and the company's older plans. Instead of overages, where you're billed automatically for data used, you'll not be billed another dime until you buy an on-demand data pass
Those data passes will run you $5 for 500 MB or a day's worth of data, or $10 for 1 GB or one week of data. International plans will cost you slightly more: a day or 100MB for $15, a week or 200MB for $25,or two weeks with 500MB for $50. T-Mobile already offers free international roaming at EDGE speeds (128 kbps) for Simple Choice customers.
Given T-Mobile had already been moving away from overages and toward throttling, this isn't a particularly dramatic change. Still, T-Mobile CEO John Legere insisted the company was again changing the industry to the benefit of consumers.
"Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go," stated T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a statement. "Today I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers - because it's the right thing to do," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile in a statement."