T-Mobile UK Decides Mobile Broadband Shouldn't Actually Be Used For Mobile Broadband
from the save-that-for-home dept
If you have T-Mobile in the UK you may be disappointed to know that the company has suddenly decided that you should be perfectly happy to use little more than just 500 MB per month — a paltry amount. It’s not quite a cap at 500 MB — you’ll still be able to do some basic surfing, but apparently, once you’ve used up your 500 MB, you’ll no longer be able to do anything beyond browsing static websites or checking email. No streaming, downloading, gaming, etc. Many users previously had caps that were around 3GB, so this is a pretty big drop. Apparently, T-Mobile has decided it gets to tell you what you can and cannot use the account for:
“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.”
Basically, this is T-Mobile UK announcing to the world that it doesn’t have the bandwidth to actually give people what they want, and it hasn’t invested in the necessary upgrades to offer a reasonable service. Or, a simpler way of explaining it, is that this is T-Mobile UK telling users in the UK who actually want to use mobile broadband to find another provider.