T-Mobile on Monday announced that it will no longer charge customers on older legacy plans overage fees. The carrier hasn’t forced its long-term customers to move over to its Simple Choice plans, which already don’t have overage fees and instead throttle you down to a 2G network after you’ve consumed your monthly allotment of data. T-Mobile made a bid to ask other carriers to follow suit, though most carriers already provide detailed data-usage tracking tools, in addition to constant text message alerts, to help prevent customers from consuming more data than needed.
T-Mobile didn’t say what will happen to legacy customers without Simple Choice plans who need or accidentally consume more data. Presumably, they’ll fall down to 2G speeds like T-Mobile’s Simple Choice customers; it’s possible their data will shutoff altogether, though. Personally, I’d rather pay an overage than have my services shut down, so I hope it’s the latter. TechnoBuffalo contacted T-Mobile for clarification but a spokesperson was not immediately available.
This shouldn’t change anything for new T-Mobile customers, since they’re likely already on a Simple Choice plan without overages. For others, it may be good news.
Update: T-Mobile confirmed that older legacy plans will now fall back to 2G data speeds. “For data on all other plans except Simple Starter, after their allotted bucket, they will continue to receive unlimited data at slower (2G) speeds,” a T-Mobile spokesperson told TechnoBuffalo. “This is consistent with how we handle usage on Simple Choice plans. Customers also have the option to add-on or move to plans with more 4G LTE data, as well.”