T-Mobile to Throttle Unlimited LTE Users Who Use P2P
by Karl Bode 12:35PM Wednesday Aug 13 2014 Tipped by unoriginal
directs our attention to a leaked memo sent to T-Mobile staff
that indicates T-Mobile is going to start clamping down on customers who use their T-Mobile LTE connections for peer-to-peer file sharing. The memo notes that starting August 17, T-Mobile will begin reaching out to these users to remind them to read terms and conditions, which prohibits a number of behaviors including P2P. If the P2P use persists, the T-Mobile user account will be flagged and their speeds will be throttled back. Notes the memo:
T-mobile has identified customers who are heavy data users and are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing, and tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (T&C). This results in a negative data network experience for T-Mobile customers. Beginning August 17, T-Mobile will begin to address customers who are conducting activities outside of T-Mobile’s T&Cs.”
Section 18 of T-Mobile's terms and conditions
explains what T-Mobile considers acceptable use of an unlimited LTE plan:
Using the Service in connection with server devices or host computer applications, including continuous Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications that are broadcast to multiple servers or recipients, “bots” or similar routines that could disrupt net user groups or email use by others or other applications that denigrate network capacity or functionality.
Users on T-Mobile's metered plans will not be impacted, meaning T-Mobile may soon be getting a letter from Tom Wheeler
expressing concern that the company is using network congestion as a way to drive users to costlier plans. So far, there have been no quips from CEO John Legere on the issue.