Light Reading
Final 'uncarrier' move of the month has T-Mobile doing away with data overage charges and petitioning its competitors to do the same.

T-Mobile Petitions Operators to Kill Overages

Sarah Reedy
4/14/2014
50%
50%

For its latest trick, T-Mobile says it will abolish domestic data, text, and voice overage charges for all its customers on any plan, and it's calling on its competitors to do the same.

T-Mobile US Inc. announced the move on Monday, the third of its latest round of "uncarrier" moves. Last week, the carrier also introduced a $40 500MB data plan and reduced the price of the LTE iPad to WiFi levels. Killing overage charges is its final act for what could be seen as version 5.0 in its sequence of uncarrier shake-ups. (See T-Mobile Drops LTE iPad Prices to WiFi Levels and Look Inside T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' Transformation.)

Overage charges -- fees incurred when subscribers go over their allotment of monthly data -- can add up quickly. T-Mobile CEO John Legere said Monday that more than 20 million Americans were hit with overage charges in 2013, making $1 billion for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Wireless , and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) combined.

He's doing away with the charges for all of T-Mobile's customers on domestic voice, text, and data plans. T-Mobile already started down this road with its Simple Choice plans that include unlimited voice and text and throttle speeds rather than charge when the data cap is reached. (See T-Mobile Shuns Overage Charges.)

The T-Mobile chief has also started a petition imploring its three competitors to do join him in killing overages. Nearly 400 people had signed the petition at our latest check.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(15)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/18/2014 | 12:57:12 PM
Re: Overage petition
I imagine that this is one thing AT&T and Verizon won't budge on. Their entire future is predicated on people using more data and hitting these overage walls.

I also don't see a tremendously huge difference between automatically being billed overages, and just buying another chunk of data. It still comes down to lower price versus higher price. I'd go with the lower price (T-Mobile) if the company had a better nationwide wireless broadband footprint for when I travel.

Driving across the country from NYC to Seattle this summer, for example, and I simply don't trust T-Mobile to be there in the middle of Nebraska.
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
4/18/2014 | 11:54:39 AM
Overage petition
Looks like the petition is up to 52,821, but now counter-moves from the other operators. Nice publicity stunt, but will it pay off?
SarahReedy
100%
0%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
4/15/2014 | 12:56:47 PM
Re: over overages
Agreed. They conveniently left themselves out of that stat, which comes from "third party bill screening report surveying over 20,000 wireless customers multiplied by major U.S. carriers' reported postpaid subscribers." The third party is unidentified, but I'll do some digging to see if we can unearth T-Mo's numbers as well.
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
4/15/2014 | 12:54:23 PM
Re: over overages
True, and T-Mobile's LTE is not everyone yet, so I imagine a lot of its customers are used to the slower speeds anyway.
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
4/15/2014 | 10:47:47 AM
Re: over overages
I would still be interested to know how much T-Mobile was reaping on overage charges, since it's happy to point out what the other three biggest carriers were pulling in collectively. I'm betting the timing of this move was calculated--maybe T-Mobile felt its uncarrier buzz was fading and had this plan ready to go to revive it.
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 7:01:43 PM
Re: over overages
Given the choice consumers will probably pick throttling vs. overages. And depending on what's being downloaded there may not be much difference seen by most in the throttling scenario. It's probably and win win for T-Mobile and customers and maybe others will follow.
FakeMitchWagner
50%
50%
FakeMitchWagner,
User Rank: Lightning
4/14/2014 | 5:27:19 PM
Re: over overages
No, the sad part is that so many of us know so much about Neil Diamond. 

I'm sure that woman was not thinking good times never felt so good. 

And now a gratuitous embedded video of Neil Diamond performing Sweet Caroline live:

 

mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 2:07:38 PM
Re: over overages
The sad part is that Mr. Diamond won't see a penny from this transaction beyond his cut of the 8.99 fee to iTunes. Orange pockets the rest.
PaulERainford
50%
50%
PaulERainford,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 1:26:39 PM
Re: over overages
At that price it had better be the concept double album in the gatefold sleeve. In coloured vinyl.
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/14/2014 | 11:24:58 AM
Re: over overages
The downloadee claims she's not even a fan of Jewish Elvis and that she was securing a copy for her boyfriend. Which may make this even worse.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (6) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Orange Tunisia Discusses Multi-Band Antenna With EasyRET Solution

7|4|14   |   2:45   |   (0) comments


As new site acquisition becomes more difficult, Orange Tunisia has requested multi-band antenna to support UMTS and LTE innovation. Some things considered include reducing the cost of antenna maintenance and having high reliability antenna and EasyRET solution.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
Hot Topics
The Municipal Menace?
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 7/22/2014
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
Salary Survey Report 2014
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed