T-Mobile has announced that it has increased the monthly prioritization limit from 32GB to 50GB. The company not surprisingly also points out that it is more than 2x Verizon and AT&T’s monthly prioritization limit of 22GB. Sprint de-prioritizes customers after 23GB of usage.
T-Mobile explains how the prioritization works:
We use prioritization for T-Mobile customers to manage network traffic and ensure a small number of the very most active users on our network don’t negatively impact everyone else so everyone can have a great experience. Often confused for a “throttle” or “cap,” prioritization is different. It doesn’t cap how much you can use, and someone would only notice it when TWO things happen: the customer has already consumed a ton of data in the month (50GB) AND they are in an area of the network is that currently experiencing congestion. When T-Mobile customers who use the most data hit these prioritization points during the month, they get in line behind other customers who have used less data and may experience reduced speeds. But this impacts them only very rarely, like when there is a big line, and it resets every month.
According to T-Mobile, 50GB of data means that you’re probably in the top 1% of data users on their network.
The monthly 50GB cap for the prioritization point seems quite reasonable. As T-Mobile points out you could stream a full 2 hours of Netflix every single day – that’s 30 SD movies – and never even reach that point. You would still have roughly 8GB still left to hit theprioritization limit.
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