Aug 13 AT 12:49 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

T-Mobile to throttle unlimited data users who engage in P2P file sharing

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T-Mobile may offer unlimited data, but even though you can get all the data that you want, its uses can be limited. If you use your mobile data connection for torrenting or other peer-to-peer file sharing, you may find yourself throttled with no one but yourself to blame.

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&CsT-Mobile

Some people may cry foul at T-Mobile for throttling its customers based on usage scenarios, and while it’s not exactly ideal, it’s technically fair. You signed a contract and you’ll need to abide by it, and P2P activity is not allowed by T-Mobile. Unfortunately, a lot of P2P file sharing is perfectly legal and encouraged by media creators.

This new rule applies to those on the old $70 unlimited plan and new the $80 Simple Choice plan. If I were you, I wouldn’t start torrenting on T-Mobile’s mobile network, because it might just land you in some hot water. It’s really too bad that P2P sharing has such a dirty reputation since it’s a great way to quickly and easily share files in a perfectly legal manner.

Via: Android Central

Source: TmoNews

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Dan Hibiki

    Darn that sucks, I am on MetroPCS which is on T-mobile’s network and I sometimes use torrent programs to download files. Darn you T-mobile :-(

    • Deke218

      You sometimes use torrent to download files but are you:

      1. A heavy data users and
      2. are engaged in peer-to-peer file sharing and
      3. tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions

      No. Then this doesn’t apply to you. You have to meet all 3 criteria from the way the press release is written.

    • Dirty Budha

      It’s likely they are after those that use P2P and torrents that skyrocket into excessive data amounts. ROMs, a few music filse, etc. It’s not likely they are after the person that just downloads something. They want the ones that are killing data up into the 100s of Gigs.

  • Hazel

    Just use a VPN that encrypts traffic. Use private trackers. Also tell your torrent software to force encrypt outgoing seeding. Problem solved and all for free.

    • Jim

      @Hazel if I use private trackers they can’t see that traffic as P2P? I guess I’ll have to start using my VPN but it slows data down to a crawl.

    • T-Mo agent

      hahaha this is so 2005….they block your ports. Problem solved and all for free for T-Mo

  • deke218

    No one who posted the article seems to understand the conditions that will get you throttled. The Press report does not say if you are a P2P user you will be throttled. It says:

    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

    Are you a P2P user but not a heavy data user? Doesn’t apply to you .
    Are you a heavy data user but are not tethering outside of T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions? Keep walking.

    • Jim

      According to item 18 under Terms and conditions, it is indeed against the T&C to use the data network for P2P filesharing. Obviously, they’ll start at the people who are using terabytes of data per month first and work their way down, but the people who are concerned about this article probably use in excess of 30GB per month and they SHOULD be concerned with the new policy.

  • steve99

    I would be worried that t mobile was going to rat you to the fbi for file sharing if copyrighted. Just like that single mother who received a 2 million dollar fine for downloading movies. I don’t think they should have a right to see what you are downloading without a warrant. What happened to the freedoms and privacy for the people?

  • John Patrick

    Well duh, that’s what your home connection is for…

    • Thor

      Lol home not safe either got a letter from cable company for downloading 2 movies with torrents

      • Dirty Budha

        Better hope Odin doesn’t find out.