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T-Mobile Closes Data Plan Loophole

March 5, 2007

Apparently over the weekend, T-Mobile closed the hole that a lot of people were using to access data over the $5/mo T-Zones proxy instead of paying for the $20/mo data plan. This change was accompanied by a predictable amount of gnashing of teeth among the folks who were taking advantage of the situation.

Funny, but my data access was just fine; of course, I pay the $20 a month, too.

Which is not to say that it was wrong to do the $5 per month workaround — it was there for such a prolonged period of time that it would be unreasonable to assume that T-Mobile was unaware that it was there and being used in that way.

On the other hand, when you’re getting away with something like that, it’s rather disingenuous to whine when it goes away without warning — or to complain that those of us who were paying the $20 per month were stupid to do so.

Was I paying an extra $15/mo to have some sort of dubious moral high ground?

Nope.

I was paying it so that the day was unlikely to come where I had to call T-Mobile, change my plan, and adjust the settings on my phone in order to read my mail.

Sometimes an expectation of reliability is worth a few bucks too.

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