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  • YouTube Says T-Mobile is Throttling and Degrading Video Quality for Cellular Users


    T-Mobile's new Binge On promotion allows users to stream unlimited video on their network without the data being counted against the monthly data limits. Of course, as you might expect, this does come with some strings attached.

    YouTube is calling T-Mobile out on unfair data practices, as The Wall Street Journal reports. YouTube says that T-Mobile is throttling its users to slower speeds and degrading video quality on purpose without the user's knowledge or consent.

    YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., said T-Mobile is effectively throttling, or degrading, its traffic. "Reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn't justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent," a YouTube spokesman said.
    The benefit to the Binge On promotion is that users will not have data counted against them when using video services on T-Mobile's cellular network, such as YouTube, but the unfortunate reality is that T-Mobile doesn't give users the option to select a higher quality of video with the trade-off of using data, so really, T-Mobile is providing a less-than-optimal cellular data experience and doesn't give users a way to opt out of it if they really want to.

    The degraded video quality is dropped to 480p, which is a DVD standard quality and is significantly lower than today's quality demands of 720p, 1080p, 4k, or higher.

    MacRumors reports that the FCC is interested in investigating these practices and is questioning T-Mobile's data methods. T-Mobile appears to be dodging the questions as much as possible when asked by other parties.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: YouTube Says T-Mobile is Throttling and Degrading Video Quality for Cellular Users started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      I knew the TMobile claim was too good to be true, my Cricket holds to 10gb of LTE a month with unlimited call and text for 60 bucks a month a true bargain
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I have t-mobile unlimited data. No issues here. [emoji106]️[emoji106]️
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      I knew it! YouTube has been loading so damn slow!
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I have t-mobile unlimited data. No issues here. [emoji106]️[emoji106]️
      Confirmed. I have the same. I've never noticed any issues.
    1. bigray's Avatar
      bigray -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      I knew it! YouTube has been loading so damn slow!
      Are they actually throttling speeds? Or have they just blocked high quality streaming?
    1. hopethemodworx's Avatar
      hopethemodworx -
      Well if the speed is too low the quality suffers so I'm assuming they're throttling.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by hogcia View Post
      I have t-mobile unlimited data. No issues here. [emoji106]️[emoji106]️
      Ditto, no issues and Grandfathered unlimited data plan.
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      I knew the TMobile claim was too good to be true, my Cricket holds to 10gb of LTE a month with unlimited call and text for 60 bucks a month a true bargain
      Yeah, Cricket is good and I was able to get the 20gb promotion at the beginning of the year.
    1. crslaeme's Avatar
      crslaeme -
      I was going to cancel Verizon but instead they gave me 18GB for two years for free in top of what I got all ready and my bill still the same amount for 2 lines I'm happy
    1. sami4021's Avatar
      sami4021 -
      I have the grandfathered unlimited data plan. No issues here either.