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T-Mobile is now mobile hotspot throttling during heavy usage times

During times of congestion, the phone data is given priority even for consumers paying for 4G tethering.

T-Mobile USA has revealed that it has started a practice of mobile hotspot throttling. This will occur at times when the network is heavily congested. The purpose is to give priority to smartphones and other mobile devices with data through the cellular network.

The company has been sending messages to advice customers about this recent change.

The website explained the mobile hotspot throttling by saying that “We just made your network better again. T-Mobile device data comes first. We’ve primed the network for on-device use.” The website went on to say “So now when there’s congestion, you may notice higher speeds for data on your T-Mobile devices versus Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (tethering).”

Mobile hotspot throttling - T-MobileWhen the network becomes heavily congested, the service will automatically give priority to on-device data. This, the company admits, will bring about slower tethering speeds. Those slower speeds will occur even for people who have paid for them.

The mobile hotspot throttling should keep smartphones moving fast but laptops will have a more sluggish connection.

The change has been made at the same time that T-Mobile has been working to encourage customers to switch to somewhat unlimited plans. They want people to use plans labeled as unlimited but that actually do have certain limitations applied to them. They are hoping the switch will occur to send people away from the data buckets.

The newly launched T-Mobile One plan does not have any coverage fees or data caps. However, it does have a throttle that reduces video to 1.5 Mbps. This makes it possible to enjoy about 480p resolution but not more. Moreover, when customers consume over 26 GB in a month, their data usage is throttled, as well when connecting to cell towers.

The standard plan through T-Mobile One has a monthly fee of $70. While those customers can connect to hotspots, it is throttled to 512 kbps no matter the time of day or congestion. This is considerably slower than the un-throttled 4G LTE mobile tethering download speeds from the company. Those typically run between 3 and 25 Mbps, but can run as high as 90 Mbps. T-Mobile One customers can pay an additional monthly $25 for faster hotspot use and high-def video, but even in that package is subject to the mobile hotspot throttling at congested times.

Samsung begins testing its new mobile payments service

Invite-only beta even launched by Samsung

Samsung has opened beta testing for its new mobile payments solution, Saumsung pay. The invite-only beta has opened approximately one month before the service is set to launch to the public. Like other mobile payments solutions, Samsung pay will allow users to make payments using nothing more than their mobile devices. These payments can be made at physical stores and online, with many retailers already having shown support for the service.

Samsung Pay is equipped with technology developed by LoopPay

Samsung Pay is based on technology developed by LoopPay, which Samsung had acquired earlier this year. The technology allows retailers to accept mobile transactions without having to purchase additional hardware. Other mobile payments service require retailers to use hardware that is able to decipher the information used by these services. This is because most mobile payments services make use of NFC technology, which requires complimentary hardware in order to be used effectively.

Samsung will face competition from both Apple and Google when it comes to mobile payments

samsung - mobile payments testingWhile Samsung will face major challenges in the mobile payments space, it believes that it will be able to compete effectively within the growing market. Samsung is facing down competition from Apple, which has already launched its own mobile payments service and has plans to expand the service in the coming months. Google is also expected to join the fray soon with the launch of its own payments service, called Android Pay.

Qualifying for the beta event requires consumers have Bank of America or US Bank cards

In order to be eligible for the beta test of Samsung Pay, consumers will have to have a Bank of America or US Bank card. While the service will support other payment cards at launch, only cardholders from these two banks will be eligible for a beta invite. Consumers will also have to have a Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge device from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or U.S. Cellular. Those without these devices will not be able to make use of Samsung Pay during the beta testing period.