April 28 2010|11.00 AM UTC

Erik Chang

T-Mobile Drops 5GB Cap on Mobile Broadband (But Slows Overage Speed)

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In a sign that competition for the mobile broadband space is heating up, T-Mobile has dropped the 5GB data usage limit on their mobile broadband offering. Before you jump for joy, there’s one small catch: go over the 5GB data limit and your speed will be reduced for the remainder of the month.

Of course, all of this is much better for everyone as slower speed is always better than ridiculous overage charges for mobile broadband (previously at 20 cents per megabyte — ouch!).

Users on the cheaper T-Mobile Mobile Broadband plan will still get hit with an overage charge if they pass their 200 MB per month limit, but thankfully the ridiculously expensive fee has now been dropped to a slightly more sensible amount of 10 cents per megabyte.

In comparison to other mobile broadband offerings, Cricket has an overage-free plan at $40 a month, while Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T all charges customers an overage fee if they go over 5GB of 3G data. Mobile net roamers looking for a true unlimited mobile broadband offering can look to Clearwire and Sprint.

photo credit: kofoed

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