Will Verizon/AT&T exclude speedtest from counting against data like T-Mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ag29, Oct 8, 2014.

  1. ag29 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    I did a couple speedtests with Verizon Xlte and it used up almost 1GB of data!

    Will verizon/at&t exclude speedtests from counting against data like T-Mobile?

    If you don't care what kind of speed you're getting, then it probably won't make any difference but for those that love to check your speed often like me, I find that it wastes too much of your data way too quick, especially when you have 50+ mbps speeds.

    Q. Why do I continue to do speedtests if I already receive 50+ mbps speeds?
    A. Because it's fun and I want to see if I can hit 100 mbps download. So far the max download speed I've gotten was 85 mbps.

    Q. What speedtest app do you use?
    A. Ookla

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  2. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    1GB?! How much does each test take up?:eek:

    I do a Speedtest with cellular data maybe once or twice a month.
  3. Juicy D. Links macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    in 2 days you will be whining why are over your limit...

    Off course they are going to count it as usage:eek:
  4. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014

    Not sure I would expect them to follow T-mobile with the free data when streaming music either.

    Perhaps quit speedtesting all the time and wasting bandwidth for no reason? once you get above 10mbps who gives a ****?
  5. ag29 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2014
    About 100MB per test if the speeds are fast enough.
  6. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    AT&T doesn't. I got throttled in less than a week when I first switched to LTE because of those speed tests
  7. Supermallet macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2014
    Heck, I didn't even know Tmo was excluding speed tests from data allotments.
  8. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Why would they exclude speed tests from counting against you? They make more money by you and other people going over your limit. They're not going to make it harder for you to exceed it. They're trying to make money.
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    No... it's your fault your burned through your entire data plan showing off your data speeds. Now, either pony up more $ or use Wi-Fi.
  10. Zinthar macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2006
    They probably won't unless they feel like they need to prove to users just how fast their network is. T-Mobile does this, I think, because they need to dispel the notion that some have that worse coverage in many areas (particularly rural) = worse coverage everywhere. They probably want people doing speedtests in areas where they have great LTE coverage and showing it to their friends.
  11. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    It's certainly possible that it could happen at some point. Yes, it's not likely now because AT&T and VzW don't see T-Mobile as a serious threat. It's still relatively small compared to the other two in terms of resources and customer base. But if at some point T-Mobile becomes a serious player and continues to offer incentives like this, AT&T and VzW will be forced to respond. We've seen AT&T and VzW go head to head many times by offering similar promotions.

    Right now AT&T and VzW are in a very comfortable position of power where they can dictate such terms; but if the playing field evens out, their main concern will become customer retention, and it's features like these that make T-Mobile stand out (among others like music streaming that doesn't count against data allowances, and international texting and data).
  12. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    I think it would be a good move, but I'm more leaning towards better apps like Open Signal and the other similar crowd sourced app (although I will always love Ookla's original speed test!). If Open Signal or another similar system collaborated with Verizon and AT&T they could use the stats to their advantage like "oh look at our speeds they are just as fast as T-Mobile and in more places and its all fact from our customers!" not that I exactly want to give Verizon/AT&T a marketing idea against T-Mobile since I love T-Mobile but just one example of how it could work to their advantage....that said when we start looking at 100Mbps+ LTE and carrier aggregation the speed test's could take a toll on the network so maybe offer it only for "testers" who have to sign up and volunteer the data and some other stuff? Not sure but I've seen crowd sourced programs create extremely successful platforms for major corporations in the past.


    Why are you so hostile about the OP speed testing? He's not whining about Verizon counting it against his data allotment hes just asking a question!
  13. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    Why are you so defensive about me asking a rhetorical question?

    It's not like I didn't answer the OPs question to begin with...
  14. Geo1688 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2014
    I didn't know tmobile didn't count speed tests against the data cap. I blew through 1 gig in a week while testing the network.
  15. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It's unlikely. Verizon and AT&T also count streaming music services against their data allotments, unlike T-Mobile (which does not). Verizon and AT&T also don't seem all that much in a rush to deploy WiFi calling either, or a referral program, nor are they motivated to really lower their prices much, at all, nor will they pay your ETF if you switch from another carrier... or offer unlimited data on smartphone plans... all things T-Mobile currently does.

    Bottom line is: Verizon and AT&T are largely a duopoly, with T-Mobile a distant fourth with less than half the customers of either of them. T-Mobile has years of bad reputation to overcome as a poorly-run network, and have a lot of ground to gain, so they are a lot more motivated to do these sorts of things.

    To T-Mobile's credit: They've really turned their network around in most places, though coverage is still lacking in many rural areas. And they've been gaining a LOT of new customers lately, more than any other US carrier in the past few quarters (myself included). There's a good chance they'll become third in size in the US by Thanksgiving 2014, leaving Sprint in the dust.

    It's just not in Verizon and AT&T's interests to do anything to encourage its users to test speeds frequently. Maybe a test now and then, once or twice a month, under favorable conditions. But their business model is based on extracting as much money from heavy data users as they can. Whether that heavy use is from running speed tests all day, or something more worthwhile, it doesn't matter to them.

    Don't get me wrong: I'm not defending AT&T or Verizon on this. Personally I feel their data plans are highway robbery, particularly for individual users, and that their elimination of unlimited plans is motivated more on greed than on actual network management needs. But that's one of the reasons they no longer get my money.

    Fair enough. But you have to understand that on AT&T and Verizon at least, that "fun" will cost you if you have too much of it. If you want to run speed tests to your heart's content, you'll have to go to T-Mobile.
  16. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012

    You chose to do speed tests. It's not necessary.

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