When it comes to the best data plans, the battle is on. Many of the major carriers have made 2017 the year for unlimited data plans. This year has brought about many changes when it comes to smart phones and their carriers. Every announcement for unlimited data plans from one carrier is followed by an even bigger announcement from another. In order to stand against competitors, AT&T got rid of its triple-play requirement for those who chose its unlimited plan.
Every major carrier might have a different plan, but one thing remains the same for all of them. Once you fall over that monthly data usage number, the soft cap comes in effect. It’s called a soft cap because consumers aren’t cut off from the data completely and there’s no threat of an overage charge. Even though you aren’t being charged and they won’t cut you off, there’s still a limit that applies.
However the competition never really sleeps. In fact, T-Mobile increased its data limit in order to flag in more customers from rival mobile plans. T-Mobiles previous data limit used to be 28GB per month. Recently, though, the company has boosted that number up to 30GB per month. Once that number is reached during the month, you will be “deprioritized” during the peak times.
That 2GB increase might sound like just a smidge of raise, however, it has pushed T-Mobile up to the front of the line when it comes to data allowance. Its competitors, AT&T and Verizon stop the buck at just 22GB. Sprint, on the other hand, comes at number two with 23GB of data.
Deprioritize means exactly what you think. Other customers will be given top priority. This means that if you happen to be on your phone in a crowded cafe trying to access your internet your data is going to slow down.
These data numbers, if you stop to think about it, are quite generous. There’s also no actually guarantee that there’s going to be perpetually slow internet once a user has come to the end of their data limit. These numbers are, however, something to consider if you or someone on your plan happens to be heavy handed when it comes to data usage.