Back in April, T-Mobile was the only wireless provider toying with the idea of throttling data instead of capping it, meaning that instead of cutting customers off at a certain point, speeds would simply be reduced to offset what T-Mobile would call excessive use of data.
It was thought that this was going to happen then, but a new internal document brought to us by TmoNews appears to reveal that the throttling switch is being flipped this Saturday, October 16, once a user hits a threshold of 5GB. In all honesty, this seems like a pretty reasonable alternative to capping data usage, especially at 5 GB. As T-Mobile puts it, 5GB is equivalent to about 125,000 page visits of Yahoo.com, and only 1% of customers will ever experience throttling.
I for one would love to see other carriers go this route, and perhaps if T-Mobile leads by example, they just might follow suit.