UPDATE: T-Mobile has decided to remove the 1GB soft cap, obviously due to pressure from readers like you! Way to go, BlackBerry Nation! Read T-Mobile’s full statement after the jump.
Although a 3G BlackBerry has yet to be launched on T-Mobile, this news item relates to a post we did last week about T-Mobile’s increasing 3G coverage as a catalyst for 3G T-Mo ‘Berrys. In addition to all the “Google Phone” news that floated around the Internet yesterday, T-Mobile announced that they will be “soft capping” bandwidth for 3G devices at around 1GB, which means that after breaking the 1GB threshold, T-Mo will throttle back your data transfer speeds.
Now, most carriers have some sort of data cap on their networks, but there are two items of concern here. First of all, a 1GB cap, especially in light of the general industry momentum towards multimedia consumer handhelds, is very low. Also, T-Mobile says that they will throttle data speeds down to 50 kbps or less, which is sub-EDGE speed.
Questions, people: how much data do you use in a month and is 1GB just too low for a 3G device? Also, would you be willing to accept data throttling if it wasn’t faster to send the data via carrier pigeon?
T-Mobile said in a statement, “Our goal, when the T-Mobile G1 becomes available in October, is to provide affordable, high-speed data service allowing customers to experience the full data capabilities of the device and our 3G network. At the same time, we have a responsibility to provide the best network experience for all of our customers so we reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers. We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network. The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers.”