MOBILE OPERATOR T-MOBILE has slashed the amount of bandwidth that it considers "fair use" and banned the downloading of videos.
Previously its users have been allowed to download about a gigabyte a month before T-Mobile started to get unpleasant but now it seems that the outfit is going to halve that.
So while the world is starting to move to mobile and wants to use their connections to watch telly or other bandwidth clogging things, chances are that they will swiftly run aground.
T-Mobile claims that the mobile internet is all about browsing and checking email but is not to do with videos, downloading files or playing games.
This will be news to many mobile users. It seems completely at odds with what most people consider normal use of the mobile Internet and somewhat quaint.
Basically you can only use your mobile device like it is a mobile phone of half a decade ago or it will not work.
T-Mobile claims that it is the only operator to give customers the mobile Internet for a fixed-price so people don't get charged more than they expect.
"Our Mobile Broadband and internet on your phone service is best used for browsing which means looking at your favorite websites like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, BBC News and more, checking your email and looking for information, but not watching videos or downloading files," the outfit said. "If you want to download, stream and watch video clips, save that stuff for your home broadband," it added.
So the days of the "customer is always right" are gone. Yes, you have mobile broadband but only if you use it like we say you can.
We can't see how many mobile customers can live with that. These days a lot of people want more mobile bandwidth, not less. µ
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