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 Thomas
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.
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
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   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for ...
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
LRTV Interviews
Bob Wilson, Arsenal Legend: The Light Reading Interview

1|16|15   |   35:36   |   (3) comments


Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson was Light Reading's guest interviewee at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit in December. See what the former soccer star and sports broadcaster had to say when he took to the stage in Iceland.
LRTV Custom TV
What MEF Third Network Initiative Means for SDN & NFV

1|14|15   |   6:13   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss discusses the importance of the MEF Third Network initiative and why it's good news for SDN/NFV industry initiatives.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Frank Miller: Distributed Solutions are the Best Build for the Future - Part II

1|9|15   |   2:46   |   (0) comments


At SCTE, Frank Miller, Global CTO of MSO at Huawei, speaks about Cable 2.0 and its innovative future.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
Cuomo Unveils Broadband Aid Program
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 1/19/2015
BlackBerry Wants Net Neutrality Protection -- That's Just Sad
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/22/2015
FiOS Picks Up Pace Again
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 1/22/2015
Verizon Ready for Google MVNO Challenge
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/22/2015
Indiana Carrier Takes Fiber to the Farm
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/22/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive