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Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Snn5
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Exponential customer growth could be overburdening T-Mobile's network.  Many customers are already seeing a slow in speed and with a guaranteed 24 month minimum on unlimited data, could it be T-Mobile will end Unlimited data within 2 years?

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Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Weth
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Not surprising at all. Physics is still physics. Too many people believe in magic.

Choice for T-mobile will be:

1) keep unlimited and become like Sprint did with 3G with unacceptable speeds for everyone

2) do like Verizon and AT&T and be able to look at a graph based on real data and trends and know when they need to stop unlimited

Possible exceptions -

1) high build out of small cells in busy areas - EXPENSIVE, while T-mobile is still trying to build out their network to be more National.

2) depends on how fast 5G comes around and how much extra capacity it gives.

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Snn5
Sr. Leader

Despite numbers, trends, and graphs....sometimes it comes down to timing. The longevity of any carrier and it's plans can be affected by its offerings. There are so many unforeseen angles and scenarios and the cheesy-but-true butterfly effect can play a role as well. 

Take into account prepaid-only MVNOs.  Sprint has Virgin and Boost, T-Mobile has MetroPCS, StraightTalk tries to use everyone's waves and there's TracFone, Net10, Page Plus uses Verizon, Republic Wireless, AT&T has Cricket, Ting, etc......Getting kind of saturated out there. 

Each major carrier has their post paid and pre paid sectors.  Overall, some of the offerings are not that much different than others.  I don't mean to cut down on options, but weed out redundant and low value options.  Verizon might have one of the cleanest set of plan options out there right now with Edge, Contract, More Everything, Prepaid, that's it. Well, as long as you don't get caught up in mid-contract upgrade issues, plan changes that went too far one direction or get caught on a loyalty line, not to mention folks who fall into the Early Edge and Return cycle or any other non-advertised save-a-customer promos. Boost has a $30 2GB autopay ($40 without autopay) $45 10GB and $55 20GB and that's it.  Simple.  Why post paid?  Because I can and have a different use for the offers it affords me.  We prepaid?  different use, lower priority, unlimited slow speeds, way lower price with a way cheaper mid-range phone.  I would never buy a $600 phone on a limited prepaid network or ever if there was little chance of using it on another carrier.

BUT, it's an easy to understand rate format, BUT why doesn't Sprint just do this instead of creating a whole other image?  There's still a difference between Sprint's post and prepaid coverage and features.  I call this redundancy and to me redundancy is waste.  However, I do kind of see their angle since Sprint is seen or was seen as a business carrier and Nextel was seen as a "working man's" carrier so I suppose Sprint having Boost prepaid to appeal to the more urban demographic might actually make sense. I use Boost on one phone due to...$30 a month and I have no issue with 20MB speeds (8MB video.)  (I haven't gone over 2GB to see the throttle speeds yet.) And, it wasn't from a lack of coverage or signal...go figure right.

I guess in the end it comes down to how T-Mobile handles themselves right now with their growth and plans for the time coming when they won't have that growth as it gets stunted by lacking performance.  And, you never know who is going to buy who out and merge, consolidate, or otherwise change the face of "The Big 4."

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

That no promise is due to net neutrality. There is a reason why the rest of the world didn't fully adopt everything about net neutrality. I will go more into detail when I am not on my phone.

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
mama23dogs
Sr. Leader

I Noticed they recently dropped the price of 2 lines on the unlimited plan.

That isn't the sign of a successful promotional offer.

If the offer is that good, unlimited being that desirable, it doesn't have to be cheaper. 

The the flow of new customers must have dwindled.

I also Haven't seen any more on the offer to Verizon customers, but it seemed like an expensive promotion.  A 2 week free trial, all expenses paid.

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Khines5705
Sr. Member

I actually saw the commercial for the 2 week trial earlier today.

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
mama23dogs
Sr. Leader

Still going on then, surprised.  

I'm really enjoying 'Cell Wars' too much.  T-Mobile is targeting Verizon, Verizon is targeting ATT.     Sprint, is, well who knows what Sprint is doing, but I see used Sprint phones being sold on Facebook daily.  Cheap too.

THen all the little carriers running around like Jackels, picking up the scrapes.

LOve it!    This is the kind of competition that will benefit customers in the long run.

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Snn5
Sr. Leader

Look, I will take the deals while I can get them.  If I didn't already have Verizon established and for business reasons, I probably wouldn't start now.  I like my little Jackal carrier!  Cheap simple easy.  Magenta can do whatever.  They have/had some good deals, but all the extras they try to throw in vary weekly and who know who has what after they sign up.  I don't think Sprint is dead by a long shot truthfully.  T-Mo will fizzle at some point, remember, it's main demographic are hipsters and the trendy-types. (excluding Tidbits, unless he really is a hipster, but I doubt that)  Those folks will one day move from the city and metro areas.  They will need coverage after college.  Besides, who won the race, the tortoise or the hare?

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Tidbits
Sr. Leader

I live on an island I can cheat lol

Re: Is T-Mobile's truly unlimited data going to disappear?
Snn5
Sr. Leader

Yeah, I kinda figured that given T-Mobiles maps that you'd have service just about everywhere....except the volcanoes.