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    What's Considered High Speed Data?

    I know with T-Mobile's latest data plans, we get a certain quota of high speed data per month, after which we are throttled. Do we only use high speed data when connected to the 4G network? Could I theoretically set my g2x to only connect to the 3G network and get around the quota while getting a decent speed?

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    The GSM network is the only network that is not throttled so 3G/4G is throttled. You can't disable 4G on any phones that I know of.. it's all just a higher revision of 3G HSPA
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    Yeah, 4G and 3G are the same networks. All traffic used counts towards that amount however, regardless of being on the 2G or 3/4G network.

    In areas where T-Mobile has HSPA, the 3G is known as 4G since its capable of 10+ mbps downloads. The G2x for instance is capable of 14.4mbps and in a 4G area, it can pull up to that amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentjudge View Post
    Yeah, 4G and 3G are the same networks. All traffic used counts towards that amount however, regardless of being on the 2G or 3/4G network.

    In areas where T-Mobile has HSPA, the 3G is known as 4G since its capable of 10+ mbps downloads. The G2x for instance is capable of 14.4mbps and in a 4G area, it can pull up to that amount.
    Thanks for the info. So no matter what, the first 200 MB of data used, whether it's 4G, 3G, 2G, or EDGE, will count towards mmy quota or is EDGE separate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman747 View Post
    Thanks for the info. So no matter what, the first 200 MB of data used, whether it's 4G, 3G, 2G, or EDGE, will count towards mmy quota or is EDGE separate?
    EDGE is 2G. But yes, it all counts towards the first 200MB used.

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    using EDGE only will decrease the consumption of data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldest View Post
    using EDGE only will decrease the consumption of data?
    only the rate of consumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldest View Post
    using EDGE only will decrease the consumption of data?
    Only because the slowness will discourage any but the most essential use.

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    How slow is 2G/EDGE? After I hit my quota, how slow is the throttled speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman747 View Post
    How slow is 2G/EDGE? After I hit my quota, how slow is the throttled speed?
    Throttled speed on 3G/4G is like 60kbps from some people's reports. When you hit the quota, you want to turn off 3G/4G and use 2G (EDGE) only. EDGE (2G) on T-Mobile is not throttled at all. Full speed edge is up to 300kbps. Usually around 200kbps.

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    While being throttled, even EDGE goes down to 50kpbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sfkn2 View Post
    While being throttled, even EDGE goes down to 50kpbs.
    Wow - they really stick it to ya. That's not good enough to stream anything but the lousiest Internet radio. Just e-mail and absolutely essential web browsing I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sfkn2 View Post
    While being throttled, even EDGE goes down to 50kpbs.
    Are you sure about this? It could be the tower/area your on/in is just slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexKidd1977 View Post
    Wow - they really stick it to ya. That's not good enough to stream anything but the lousiest Internet radio. Just e-mail and absolutely essential web browsing I guess.

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    That's why it was recommended that you turn off the 3G/4G network altogether once you hit the throttle and surf on EDGE. When T-mobile originally began throttling, using 2G only would increase speeds to 180kbps whereas using the throttle on 3G was as low as 50kbps.

    If someone has the new plan and hits the throttle, they should do a speedtest.net to see if this is still the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentjudge
    Quote Originally Posted by Sfkn2 View Post
    While being throttled, even EDGE goes down to 50kpbs.
    Are you sure about this? It could be the tower/area your on/in is just slow.
    Yes, it happened on me once.



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