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T-Mobile Wants to Eliminate All Overages by All Carriers, Creates Change.org Petition

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In day three of its most recent string of UnCarrier moves, T-Mobile has announced today that it is killing off overage charges for its customers and encouraging AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to do the same with a Change.org petition. T-Mobile calls overage penalties “one of the most reviled wireless industry practices,” saying that “in May for the June billing cycle, T-Mobile is abolishing domestic overages.” 

As far as the petition goes, we are finding it a bit odd that after spending the last year personally trashing on its competitors, that T-Mobile now wants them on their team. Of course, by playing this card, they can once again point the finger at Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint as being the bad guy if they don’t follow along and join the petition. Slick move, I guess.

T-Mobile began phasing out overage penalties with the launch of Simple Choice plans, but this appears to be a move to eliminate the rest from customers who are not on those plans.

The petition can be found here.

Via:  T-Mobile
  • kelly1519

    According to
    recent news by BidnessEtc, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced the carrier
    will no longer collect overage charges from customers. He has also started a
    petition, urging subscribers of other carriers to force their providers to
    follow suit, here are the details http://bit.ly/1hlKYtB

  • chris125

    Good luck, but if the others did this it would be game over for tmo. Imagine verizon with their huge network just throttling speeds after a certain amount, TMO would really stand no chance then.

  • creed

    T-Mobile’s ass is in a sling. Why on earth would they be pushing for all carriers to end overages? IMO, they’re in over their head and realize that they can’t be profitable going on like they are. They make this petition knowing that the other carriers won’t go along with this and then T-Mo looks like the hero standing up for the little guy.

  • Intellectua1

    Not happening

  • Bruce Wayne

    I’m Bruce, and I approve of this.

  • trumpet444

    change.org petitions are useless

    • Junaos

      96.5% of statistics are made up on the fly.

  • mcdonsco

    If only their data network was solid in Portland … I’d love to go to T-Mobile and save myself some money.

    I couldn’t believe it when I tried them a few months back and their voice and SMS network was no different than Verizon…but the data network, my god it was horrible.

  • John Davids

    Yeah, this prompted me to order an N5 and setup a new account with T-Mobile to trial their network. I really hope that the coverage and speeds in my area are acceptable so I can dump VZW.

  • Jon

    Seeing that these companies are run by humans. This petition is likely to get the opposite reaction by carriers and won’t get rid of overages. At least at first. Just look at the whole T-Mobile vs Blackberry CEO pissing contest.

  • Shawn John

    HAHAH….From a consumer standpoint you have to respect TMO’s push for making industry changing practices, if it weren’t for TMO alot of these carriers would still be fleecing the public every which way possible. Im extremely proud to be a TMO customer.

    • BroRob

      THIS!! TMO just caused VZW to come up with a MORE everything plan. I can pay $170/mo for 10Gig shared between 5 Phones on VZW or $170/mo on TMO for unlimited data. Both plans require you to buy your own phones. Now the only question is better network, or unlimited data? We currently average about 6Gig data/mo between 5 phones.

  • Johnny Steele

    :O As a Verizon customer, I am going to sign this!

  • jimt

    When is Tmo going to light up some new rural areas? I don’t recall hearing about that happening. I love my Tmo but I would like to hear more of network expansion. Coverage would slap the other carriers more than anything.

    • Stone Cold

      They are trying to light up more by years end.

  • Maximus

    Perhaps if T-Mobile KEPT their overages….they would have more money too…food for thought

  • Jeremy Martin
  • Josh P.

    How about instead of spending money to make all these announcements and millions in advertising to say how you’re the coolest network… you invest in network structure. I’d really like to have more than 2g/Partner and even dead spots in an area less than 50 miles from a major metro area.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      Exactly, It’s actually getting to the point now where his constant bashing of AT&T and Verizon is getting really annoying. Don’t bash a vastly superior network until you upgrade yours first. Having a HUGE portion still on GPRS with lots of coverage holes is really pathetic in 2014.

    • sirmeili

      I’d be skeptical that by stopping these announcements and advertising that it would free up enough money to expand their network in any significant way. However, making these announcement and getting the publicity might get them more users which gives them more money to do that expansion that you want.

      If they never advertised, You’d likely not know who they are or what they do. Marketing is VERY important. Just look at Apple and Samsung.

      • alzeis

        I couldn’t agree with you more Don Draper

      • 213ninja

        this^^

      • EricPitt01

        in q4 last year, they gained a few customers, but lost over 20 million dollars. Tmobile is grasping at anything they can, and they continue to lose money and subscribers. once those people who jumped from verizon/att/sprint have realized that their network is inferior, they start to go back. I deal with it every day.

      • Carriers Suck

        Cell towers are about $350,000 a piece, I think it matters.

    • The Narrator

      I hear Rome wasn’t built in a day.

      • JBartcaps

        Right, but Verizon was already upgrading their towers to 4G before there were 4G capable phones available.

        • The Narrator

          lol because all Verizon cares about is getting all the customers then screwing them because they know they can’t leave with ETFs

          • Josh P.

            We get it… Most think Verizon is the devil. But for those of us who are not lucky enough to be graced by the essence of t-mobile’s 4g spectrum… Verizon is it. They making up for previous mistakes but you will never read about them because 90% of the internet is complaints, just as I complained above about their lack of service in semi rural areas.

          • JBartcaps

            Okay okay, you hate Verizon with a passion, sure, but the last time I saw 3G was when I was in the basement of our office building. Going to OBX from Maryland, 4G the entire way. Last week I went to Indianapolis, 4G the whole way. I have 4G everywhere. Now I know this only benefits me, but that’s all I need. At this point in time T-Mobile is not something that will benefit me over Verizon.

          • 213ninja

            sounds like we are in the same boat, i’m lit up 4G LTE everywhere all day every day. some folks can’t fathom that under certain circumstances, to leave verizon would just be idiotic… if i left verizon at this point it would be one of the dumbest tech related things i ever did…

            i’m really feeling what tmo is doing over there, and if they had close to the network quality/coverage in my area that VZW has, i’d likely be a tmo customer right now, but VZW has me by the balls. no, not in terms of ETF’s, i could care less about ETF’s, in terms of overall service quality.

            bottom line, if you live where i live and travel where i travel and network quality is the most important thing to you above all else including cost and customer policy, then you’d be dumb to ditch VZW.

          • Ariel Enriquez

            Give it a year and tmobile will get there

          • JMonkeYJ

            The other side of that, at least here in the SF bay area, is that on Verizon’s 4G network you can’t even stream HQ YouTube videos. So their 4G (again I’m speaking of my local Verizon network) is quite slow, to the point where it doesn’t offer me the advantages I would associate with 4G.

          • Cowboydroid

            Just because you see “4G” on your device, doesn’t mean you’re getting 4G. Mine showed 4G LTE all the time, too, but I rarely got speeds over 3-5 Mb/s on Verizon.

          • JBartcaps

            Which is still superior to their 3G, and superior to T-Mobile’s coverage where I would need it. Like I said before, this is MY situation, and the best solution to my circumstances is staying with Verizon for the time being. I know how bad 4G can be in a congested area, I live near D.C., but the majority of my time is spent in the office and at home where, even with 3 bars, I still average 15 Mbps down, 9 Mbps up. Plus the 4G I get when traveling has always been sufficient enough to navigate and stream music.

            And believe me, I understand where you are coming from, but I’d rather be inconsistent with 4G LTE speeds than be inconsistent with Network Types.

          • Jacko

            I travel throughout the Midwest and Verizon only has 3G along the highways outside of cities, from STL to CHI, to KC, and Iowa.

          • Xyvis

            I don’t understand why everyone makes a big deal about ETFs, in many cases if you leave Tmobile before the device is paid off, you owe more than an ETF would be.

          • trumpet444

            or just pay retail and control your own destiny

    • KingofPing

      How about they do both.

      Oh wait…they are. :-/

    • LiterofCola

      Exactly

    • karpodiem

      that’s the whole point of t-mobile – it’s cheaper because they have a smaller network footprint. Granted, they’ve stated that they’re adding coverage, but they won’t ever touch VZW – at best, we can hope it comes close to 75% of at&t’s coverage.

      • Eric

        *Cough* 600 MHz and 700A MHz LTE. *Cough*

        • karpodiem

          you get more bang for your buck with those frequencies, sure. but they can’t afford the tower count of at&t/vzw.

    • Shawn John

      Actually marketing goes hand in hand with Network infrastructure, give them time. Im sure the 4 billion they recieved from the failed merger is going towards expanding their current infrastructure. Hey atleast their not like Sprint, selling 4G phones and 4G service and did not at the time have the 4G infrastructure. That’s criminal if you ask me.

    • Justin Brennan

      I have LTE and get over 30 down on Long Island. Thank god I switched, plus their coverage is awesome here, always LTE or 4G, never once been on Edge or 2G except for when I manually switched it just to see.

    • Daistaar

      I don’t get why this is still a complaint? T-Mobile has a decent interim solution for this that no one else does; Wi-Fi Calling. You have the ability to connect to any Wi-Fi hotspot or access point and use that for all calls text and data, effectively removing a cellular connection and still having the same functionality. Unless you work at a gas station in a desert I don’t see why this is still an issue.

      BTW, I know there would be a ton of downvotes if they still showed.

  • litobirdy

    so it will be unlimited data for all on tmobile? now plans will depend on speeds? unlimited 4g speed for $50, unlimted 3g speed for $40? unlimted 2g speed for $30? just giving examples

    • Marc

      Simple Choice plans are all unlimited data. They just slow you down, but technically there is no cap.

    • sirmeili

      This is how I think it should be anyways. If you don’t want me to use more than X data in a month, then give me a speed that equates to that. It’s basically how home service works (though home service is attempting to add, or have already added, caps in the US now, and they are already in place in other places around the world).

      How about “For $20, you get 2gb of 4g, then unlimited 3g” or “For $40 you get 10gb of 4g, then unlimited 3g” and so on.

    • Jonathan Williams

      They should throttle you from LTE to HSPA+ and not to EDGE.

  • htowngtr

    So you get shutoff at the cap or throttled into data hell?

    • Laymans Terms

      Don’t worry. You can voluntarily pay more for extra data than the lower involuntary overage rates.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Now raise the domestic roaming cap above 50MB…