T-Mobile changes its mind over mobile data allowance

500MB data packages will now only affect new customers

Network reviews its data decision with haste

T-Mobile UK has officially announced that plans to reduce mobile data allowances for all customers has now changed, and that it will only affect new customers that join the network from February 1st 2011.

Just two days on from the announcement that data usage would be limited to 500MB from the usual 3GB, Lysa Hardy, Vice President of T-Mobile UK released this statement:


“On Monday 10 January 2011 we announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500MB a month for all mobile phone customers. Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only - not existing customers.

There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."

So what does that mean for those of you who decide to join T-Mobile from February 1st and want internet access? Well along with the 500MB data allowance, charges will not be made if you exceed the limit. If you are thinking of catching up on Eastenders or downloading videos, both streaming and downloading will be restricted.

If you want to up your allowance to 1GB a month you'll have to buy yourself a Mobile Broadband booster.

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Link: T-Mobile