T-Mobile today announced that its prioritization point is being increased from 32GB to 50GB, allowing customers to use more data before facing slower speeds during periods of high network congestion.

As the company explains, it uses a prioritization system to manage network traffic and prevent a small subset of its most active users from affecting other users. After a customer has used 50GB of data during a month, their data is de-prioritized when connected to a cellular tower that's experiencing congestion. In these situations, a customer who uses a lot of data will experience slower speeds than customers who have not hit that 50GB cap.

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Even when the 50GB cap is reached, no de-prioritization takes place if the network is not congested.

All of the major carriers have a similar system in place for their unlimited data plans. Both AT&T and Verizon de-prioritize customers after 22GB of data usage, while Sprint does so after 23GB of data usage. At 50GB, T-Mobile offers more than twice the data before any network de-prioritization takes place.

According to T-Mobile, 50GB of data usage represents the top 1 percent of data users.

Top Rated Comments

dmylrea Avatar
61 months ago
They need to kick up the throttled overage speeds. When my kids go over their measly 2gb, they get kicked down to not even usable edge speeds. I understand why they do that but in this day and age, data is still needed. Toss them a bone.
Since you seem saavy about "this day and age" how about throwing your kids a bone and get them a plan with more than a "measly 2GB" of data !! Unlimited plans have never been cheaper and you're asking for trouble getting kids a 2GB plan. ;)
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrXiro Avatar
61 months ago
Wooo hooo! 4k porn here I cum... er... come!!!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Mad Vibes Avatar
61 months ago
One more payment for our two 6s+ phones on Verizon. Then I’m out!!! T-Mobile here I come
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Smith288 Avatar
61 months ago
2gb nowadays goes pretty fast with video streaming and rich content online. Why don’t you instead try setting a time limit on the device itself but upping the data?
My kids are always near WiFi. They need to learn that just because there’s some latency with it, turning off WiFi will cost you. My guess also is the 15 yr old thinks Instagram is too important not to check during school and the schools WiFi blocks it. So she turns off the WiFi. That’s her problem. Not mine.

Teaching about priorities is a parents job. Call me cheap, I don’t give a ****.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pat500000 Avatar
61 months ago
Work on coverage.
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Pezboy Avatar
61 months ago
They need to kick up the throttled overage speeds. When my kids go over their measly 2gb, they get kicked down to not even usable edge speeds. I understand why they do that but in this day and age, data is still needed. Toss them a bone.
Maybe stop being cheap and get them more flipping data....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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