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3g data counts as 4g lte data cap?

  • 22 December 2015
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My phone doesn't have the 4G band in it, so it only gets 3G data. Why does my 3g usage count towards my 4g data cap?

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Best answer by stevetjr 22 December 2015, 22:26

It isn't really technically 4G data cap but rather it is referred to as High Speed Data which is anything other than 2G. Before T-Mobile had LTE their 4G was HSPA+42 which in some cases could was faster than Verizon's and others LTE. HSPA+42 is sort of 3.5G as HSPA (non +) was 3G technology but T-Mobile and AT&T marketed it as 4G and eventually the governing body gave in and allowed it to be called 4G with LTE being called 4G LTE. T-Mobile's HSPA+42 network is the only HSPA/HSPA+ they have so they don't really have a "3G" network as their HSPA+42 network can essentially step down to the limit of your device even drop out of HSPA+ to straight HSPA if necessary. With that though it has been shown that even an straight 3G (HSPA) device will usually get better data speeds on their network than on a true 3G only network. So T-Mobile only has 3 real networks, 2G, 4G and 4G LTE with the 4G network being backward compatible to 3G devices.

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Greetings!

3G will indeed count towards your high speed cap! 😊

-Lauren

It isn't really technically 4G data cap but rather it is referred to as High Speed Data which is anything other than 2G. Before T-Mobile had LTE their 4G was HSPA+42 which in some cases could was faster than Verizon's and others LTE. HSPA+42 is sort of 3.5G as HSPA (non +) was 3G technology but T-Mobile and AT&T marketed it as 4G and eventually the governing body gave in and allowed it to be called 4G with LTE being called 4G LTE. T-Mobile's HSPA+42 network is the only HSPA/HSPA+ they have so they don't really have a "3G" network as their HSPA+42 network can essentially step down to the limit of your device even drop out of HSPA+ to straight HSPA if necessary. With that though it has been shown that even an straight 3G (HSPA) device will usually get better data speeds on their network than on a true 3G only network. So T-Mobile only has 3 real networks, 2G, 4G and 4G LTE with the 4G network being backward compatible to 3G devices.

Thank you for the clarification!!

I think 2g counts as well. It is just that the first usage on the account goes towards the limit of high speed no matter the connection and then limited after that point. Or that was how it used to work unless they changed something.

Is this really true?  T-Mobile counts 2G as high speed data? I knew I had a limit of high speed data but to count 2G as high speed seems to be a miss representation.

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jshearouse wrote:

Is this really true? T-Mobile counts 2G as high speed data? I knew I had a limit of high speed data but to count 2G as high speed seems to be a miss representation.

It's true.

I believe it's advertised as "X GB of up to LTE speeds"

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