T-Mobile to cut fair use data allowance

T-Mobile is to reduce users' monthly data limit from 1GB to 500MB on 1 February, and will prevent them from downloading or streaming video once they reach the limit.

T-Mobile: to cut users' monthly data limit
T-Mobile: to cut users' monthly data limit

In changes to its mobile "fair use" policy, published today (10 January), T-Mobile will continue to allow users to browse the internet, but will restrict video once the 500MB monthly limit has been reached.

A company statement said: "Browsing means looking at websites and checking email, but not watching videos, downloading files or playing games.

"We’ve got a fair-use policy, but ours means that you'll always be able to browse the internet, it’s only when you go over the fair use amount that you won’t be able to download, stream and watch video clips."

Rival Three has taken the opposite route, removing the download cap in December. It has also offered bundled deals for iPads that significantly improved on those offered by Orange and T-Mobile.

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