T-Mobile to charge overage fees on 200MB data plan

T-Mobile customers with a 200MB data plan will need to monitor their data usage much more closely, now that the carrier has decided to charge data overage fees. Learn about the new policy here.

T-Mobile will begin charging data overage fees on its low-end 200MB data plan starting on August 14, the carrier confirmed on Thursday.

As first reported by TmoNews, T-Mobile is moving away from its policy of throttling data speeds once customers exceed their allotted 200MB of data per month and shifting to a policy of overage fees.

"Customers will incur overages of $0.10 per MB when they exceed 200MB of data ($10 for 10MB) up to a maximum monthly payment of $40 with Value plans or $45 with Classic plans for data including the 200 MB add-on fee," T-Mobile said in a statement.

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Subscribers will receive an alert via text message when they have used 90 percent (180MB) of their monthly allotment. The carrier will sent another message when they have used all 200MB.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless also charge overage fees on their tiered data plans, with Sprint being the only carrier now to offer truly unlimited data. That said, T-Mobile said customers can still get unlimited data with its 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB data plan options. However, the carrier will continue to throttle (the act of slowing down data speeds) users if they exceed those limits.

(Via AllThingsD)

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