T-Mobile Retracts 1GB Download Cap For Android Phones

Posted Sep 25, 2008

Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE:DT) subsidiary T-Mobile is the first distributor of the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android powered phone.  T-Mobile stated before that users of the HTC G1 phone be restricted to 1GB of data per month.  But then they quickly retracted that cap.  T-Mobile will find some other way to manage the network bandwidth without capping early adopters of the HTC G1.

The New York Times’ Saul Hansell sent a message about the 1GB cap.  Below is the response from T-Mobile:

    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.

Perhaps T-Mobile is worried that early adopters can cause a slow-down or even crash the networks as displayed by the iPhone 3G.  In the opening weekend of the iPhone 3G, Apple’s servers kept crashing, thus causing major line-ups at their retail stores.  This did not hinder the sales because the iPhone 3G sold 1 million units in the opening weekend.

T-Mobile isn’t the only one to propose a cap on downloads for their network.  Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) recently decided to cap the download bandwidth for their high-speed Internet customers to 250GB.