About unlimited internet

A boring text about unlimited cellular internet and its prospects in Russia. Taking into account foreign experience and "trampling on the rake" of both our operators and their colleagues abroad. With a sad but inevitable conclusion: the appearance of completely unlimited tariffs in cellular networks is extremely unlikely. At least for the foreseeable future.

A newsworthy occasion is T-Mobile's bitter suffering over "individual hackers" (according to statements - "a fraction of a percent"), who managed to strain the federal network of the American cellular company. Tighten to such an extent that the operator was forced to take drastic measures to limit lovers to download too much.

Bottom of the Question

T-Mobile has announced the start of a merciless fight against cell phone downloaders, and this time they are going to finish the job. Company President John Legere is determined and recently issued an angry warning message, read the original here.

What about T-Mobile's famous "Unlimited means unlimited" slogan? We are talking about cellular unlimited for smartphones and those subscribers who use these tariffs to distribute mobile Internet to other devices. The tariff provides for the ability to distribute up to 7 GB of traffic per month, then the access speed is cut. If you need more, you can buy additional packages for separate money. But why buy when you can get it for free? A rooted Android smartphone allows you to "deceive" the network and hide the fact of distributing the Internet via Wi-Fi, which many successfully do. The President of T-Mobile is not shy about calling it "stealing" and I tend to agree with him. The objection “My traffic, I pay for unlimited!” in this case, it is incorrect, since there is a separate paid service “traffic package for distribution”. Plus, all this is spelled out in the terms of the tariff and the subscriber deliberately hacks the smartphone and interferes with the settings. This is not the use of additional features, but a conscious refusal to pay for these features according to the existing price list. And anyway, scandals cannot be avoided, the image of the company will be spoiled and I would not rule out litigation. A year ago, T-Mobile tried to deal with such users, but backed down, afraid of the consequences. Now, apparently, the problem has matured to such an extent that they began to solve it.

Scope of the disaster

The figure is called "up to two terabytes of traffic per month", nothing supernatural. I know a few people who download more on our corporate cell phones.

Where so many? Apparently, there is somewhere, those who want to "download the entire Internet" have always been and will be, once posted on the forum a far from "record" sample of the report. The question is, how many such users? The president of T-Mobile writes about 1/100 of a percent, if you take it literally, then you get about 6,000 such subscribers. Was it worth it to start a war and risk reputation for the sake of such numbers? I doubt. It was announced that in the first batch of "punished" there will be 3,000 users, then the hunt will continue, they promise to find "eliminate" all violators. The posing of the question hints at the fact that there are at least several such parties, and it seems to me that the president is being cunning with the “hundredth of a percent”.

Technique

T-Mobile purchased special software that should reliably and reliably record the fact of distribution of traffic over Wi-Fi. Further, the client is sent a warning and offered to abandon this practice. If the warning is ignored, then the client is transferred to the cheapest tariff with a minimum traffic package, after which the speed is reduced to 64 or 128 Kbps. I did not find the exact figure, only the streamlined wording "2G speed". After such a forced transfer, the client can change the tariff, but the option with unlimited traffic is already closed for him.By the way, what kind of traffic for a smartphone can be considered unlimited? According to the experience of the child, if you watch videos online from morning to night, then the traffic consumption is about 2.5 GB per day. That is, 75 GB per month can be considered the maximum for “normal” consumption. Which, of course, is also many times more than even generous packages at limit rates, but far from terabytes. I suspect that last time T-Mobile "calculated" such users by traffic volumes above a certain number.

Now T-Mobile has taken the matter seriously and thoroughly. Judging by the description on the site, they even allocated a special phone number, which the violator can call and consult on how to live on and what tariff can be chosen. Initially transferred to the cheapest, most likely to avoid accusations of greed. The President separately emphasized that after the transfer, the client would pay much less, and for the company this is an unprofitable, but necessary measure.

For you and me, this story serves as an example of the fact that even in a relatively law-abiding country, in which there are probably fewer fans of torrents than in Russia, unlimited Internet does not survive. Even in situations where you have to hack your smartphone to get the desired terabytes.

What about us?

We have few full and "real" unlims left without restrictions. Some corporate tariffs, relatively short-term offers when the network is launched in the region, nightly unlimited, which remained only on expensive package tariffs. And, of course, Yota, which is rightly proud of its "real" unlimiteds. How do they do it? In different ways and, shall we say, with varying degrees of success.

On modem tariffs, the maximum speed is limited to 20 Mbps, for which you need to pay 1,400 rubles. per month, more or less comfortable 3.1 Mbps will cost 800 rubles. In addition to natural price and tariff-speed limits, there are speed limits by the type of traffic and depending on the load on the BS. For example, you definitely won’t be able to download torrents at full speed. According to reviews, the speed is cut at times even during periods far from the maximum load on the network. From other types of traffic, they gave an example of Windows updates, there are probably many such “exceptions”. But about online video, I heard the most favorable reviews, no one complains about Internet surfing either. So, the unlimited is regulated, it cannot be otherwise. Back in the days of WiMax, the Yota network was half dead at some point, and everything got better only after the introduction of such intelligent restrictions.

It's a completely different story with Yota tariffs for smartphones, the price of a package with unlimited Internet starts from quite democratic 440 rubles. per month. True, the SIM card only works in a smartphone, plus a number of other restrictions. Quote from the site:

“Unlimited Internet is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into a router, modem or tablet), the speed is limited to 64 kbps. If a phone with a Yota SIM card is used as a modem or Wi-Fi access point, the speed is limited to 128 Kbps, this restriction can be removed for 2 or 24 hours for an additional fee. Also, the speed is limited to 64 kbps when using file-sharing networks.".

Does this remind you of anything? A striking resemblance to the T-Mobile model. Also only in a smartphone, also unlimited and also distributed via Wi-Fi for a fee. And exactly the same problems with the "misuse" of the mobile Internet. Miracles do not happen, if there is a hole in the fence, then they will definitely climb into it. And numerous discussions on thematic sites confirm that there is more than one hole, smartphone SIM cards work in modems and smartphones distribute the Internet “for free”.

In this regard, the question is: when and how will they start fighting this? And sooner or later you will have to fight. On the example of T-Mobile, we see that software tools for detecting “illegality” exist and work. It is possible that T-Mobile has seriously taken up the “cleaning” just now thanks to this software. It is possible to suspect anomalous behavior based on traffic volumes, but it is one thing to suspect, and quite another to put evidence on the table.

It is a pity that it is not customary for us to advertise such events and we are unlikely to find out the details. I fully admit that some protective mechanisms are already working or will soon be launched. True, Yota does not have limit tariffs and there is nothing to transfer “tricks” to, it will not work to repeat the T-Mobile scheme. Is that "for life" to cut the speed after a warning. It would be nice, of course, to spell out such a provision in the Treaty.

There is a similar example in MTS, a fresh tariff for a Smart Nonstop smartphone, announced as "unlimited". However, the Internet at this tariff is unlimited only at night, this is clearly indicated in the description on the site and the transcript under the question mark.

A SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff only works in a smartphone, although this is modestly silent in the description on the site. Apparently, they thought that the general heading "Smart tariffs - specially for a smartphone" is a sufficient warning. But there is a quote in the pdf description:

“The Smart Nonstop plan is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card with the tariff is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into the modem), it is impossible to use the Internet included in the monthly tariff fee. In order to be able to use a SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff in the modem, you need to enable the "Internet VIP" or "Turbo buttons" options.".

However, the distribution of traffic via Wi-Fi on the Smart Nonstop tariff is not blocked, at night (from one in the morning to seven in the morning) this is not so critical. As a summary, I can only repeat once again: as the speeds increase, the fate of “real” unlimiteds looks more and more vague. If such no-limits even survive, then for sure only complete with hard and efficient limiting mechanisms that will be difficult (ideally, impossible) to bypass.

About unlimited internet

A boring text about unlimited cellular internet and its prospects in Russia. Taking into account foreign experience and "trampling on the rake" of both our operators and their colleagues abroad. With a sad but inevitable conclusion: the appearance of completely unlimited tariffs in cellular networks is extremely unlikely. At least for the foreseeable future.

A newsworthy occasion is T-Mobile's bitter suffering over "individual hackers" (according to statements - "a fraction of a percent"), who managed to strain the federal network of the American cellular company. Tighten to such an extent that the operator was forced to take drastic measures to limit lovers to download too much.

Bottom of the Question

T-Mobile has announced the start of a merciless fight against cell phone downloaders, and this time they are going to finish the job. Company President John Legere is determined and recently issued an angry warning message, read the original here.

What about T-Mobile's famous "Unlimited means unlimited" slogan? We are talking about cellular unlimited for smartphones and those subscribers who use these tariffs to distribute mobile Internet to other devices. The tariff provides for the ability to distribute up to 7 GB of traffic per month, then the access speed is cut. If you need more, you can buy additional packages for separate money. But why buy when you can get it for free? A rooted Android smartphone allows you to "deceive" the network and hide the fact of distributing the Internet via Wi-Fi, which many successfully do. The President of T-Mobile is not shy about calling it "stealing" and I tend to agree with him. The objection “My traffic, I pay for unlimited!” in this case, it is incorrect, since there is a separate paid service “traffic package for distribution”. Plus, all this is spelled out in the terms of the tariff and the subscriber deliberately hacks the smartphone and interferes with the settings. This is not the use of additional features, but a conscious refusal to pay for these features according to the existing price list. And anyway, scandals cannot be avoided, the image of the company will be spoiled and I would not rule out litigation. A year ago, T-Mobile tried to deal with such users, but backed down, afraid of the consequences. Now, apparently, the problem has matured to such an extent that they began to solve it.

Scope of the disaster

The figure is called "up to two terabytes of traffic per month", nothing supernatural. I know a few people who download more on our corporate cell phones.

Where so many? Apparently, there is somewhere, those who want to "download the entire Internet" have always been and will be, once posted on the forum a far from "record" sample of the report. The question is, how many such users? The president of T-Mobile writes about 1/100 of a percent, if you take it literally, then you get about 6,000 such subscribers. Was it worth it to start a war and risk reputation for the sake of such numbers? I doubt. It was announced that in the first batch of "punished" there will be 3,000 users, then the hunt will continue, they promise to find "eliminate" all violators. The posing of the question hints at the fact that there are at least several such parties, and it seems to me that the president is being cunning with the “hundredth of a percent”.

Technique

T-Mobile purchased special software that should reliably and reliably record the fact of distribution of traffic over Wi-Fi. Further, the client is sent a warning and offered to abandon this practice. If the warning is ignored, then the client is transferred to the cheapest tariff with a minimum traffic package, after which the speed is reduced to 64 or 128 Kbps. I did not find the exact figure, only the streamlined wording "2G speed". After such a forced transfer, the client can change the tariff, but the option with unlimited traffic is already closed for him.By the way, what kind of traffic for a smartphone can be considered unlimited? According to the experience of the child, if you watch videos online from morning to night, then the traffic consumption is about 2.5 GB per day. That is, 75 GB per month can be considered the maximum for “normal” consumption. Which, of course, is also many times more than even generous packages at limit rates, but far from terabytes. I suspect that last time T-Mobile "calculated" such users by traffic volumes above a certain number.

Now T-Mobile has approached the matter seriously and thoroughly. Judging by the description on the site, they even allocated a special phone number, which the violator can call and consult on how to live on and what tariff can be chosen. Initially transferred to the cheapest, most likely to avoid accusations of greed. The President separately emphasized that after the transfer, the client would pay much less, and for the company this is an unprofitable, but necessary measure.

For you and me, this story serves as an example of the fact that even in a relatively law-abiding country, in which there are probably fewer fans of torrents than in Russia, unlimited Internet does not survive. Even in situations where you have to hack your smartphone to get the desired terabytes.

What about us?

We have few full and "real" unlims left without restrictions. Some corporate tariffs, relatively short-term offers when the network is launched in the region, nightly unlimited, which remained only on expensive package tariffs. And, of course, Yota, which is rightly proud of its "real" unlimiteds. How do they do it? In different ways and, shall we say, with varying degrees of success.

On modem tariffs, the maximum speed is limited to 20 Mbps, for which you need to pay 1,400 rubles. per month, more or less comfortable 3.1 Mbps will cost 800 rubles. In addition to natural price and tariff-speed limits, there are speed limits by the type of traffic and depending on the load on the BS. For example, you definitely won’t be able to download torrents at full speed. According to reviews, the speed is cut at times even during periods far from the maximum load on the network. From other types of traffic, they cited the example of Windows updates, there are probably many such “exceptions”. But about online video, I heard the most favorable reviews, no one complains about Internet surfing either. So, the unlimited is regulated, it cannot be otherwise. Back in the days of WiMax, the Yota network was half dead at some point, and everything got better only after the introduction of such intelligent restrictions.

It's a completely different story with Yota tariffs for smartphones, the price of a package with unlimited Internet starts from quite democratic 440 rubles. per month. True, the SIM card only works in a smartphone, plus a number of other restrictions. Quote from the site:

“Unlimited Internet is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into a router, modem or tablet), the speed is limited to 64 kbps. If a phone with a Yota SIM card is used as a modem or Wi-Fi access point, the speed is limited to 128 Kbps, this restriction can be removed for 2 or 24 hours for an additional fee. Also, the speed is limited to 64 kbps when using file-sharing networks.".

Does this remind you of anything? A striking resemblance to the T-Mobile model. Also only in a smartphone, also unlimited and also distributed via Wi-Fi for a fee. And exactly the same problems with the "misuse" of the mobile Internet. Miracles do not happen, if there is a hole in the fence, then they will definitely climb into it. And numerous discussions on thematic sites confirm that there is more than one hole, smartphone SIM cards work in modems and smartphones distribute the Internet “for free”.

In this regard, the question is: when and how will they start fighting this? And sooner or later you will have to fight. On the example of T-Mobile, we see that software tools for detecting “illegality” exist and work. It is possible that T-Mobile has seriously taken up the “cleaning” just now thanks to this software. It is possible to suspect anomalous behavior based on traffic volumes, but it is one thing to suspect, and quite another to put evidence on the table.

It is a pity that it is not customary for us to advertise such events and we are unlikely to find out the details. I fully admit that some protective mechanisms are already working or will soon be launched. True, Yota does not have limit tariffs and there is nothing to transfer “tricks” to, it will not work to repeat the T-Mobile scheme. Is that "for life" to cut the speed after a warning. It would be nice, of course, to spell out such a provision in the Treaty.

There is a similar example in MTS, a fresh tariff for a Smart Nonstop smartphone, announced as "unlimited". However, the Internet at this tariff is unlimited only at night, this is clearly indicated in the description on the site and the transcript under the question mark.

A SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff only works in a smartphone, although this is modestly silent in the description on the site. Apparently, they thought that the general heading "Smart tariffs - specially for a smartphone" is a sufficient warning. But there is a quote in the pdf description:

“The Smart Nonstop plan is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card with the tariff is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into the modem), it is impossible to use the Internet included in the monthly tariff fee. To be able to use a SIM-card with the Smart Nonstop tariff in the modem, you need to activate the "Internet VIP" or "Turbo buttons" options.".

However, the distribution of traffic via Wi-Fi on the Smart Nonstop tariff is not blocked, at night (from one in the morning to seven in the morning) this is not so critical. As a summary, I can only repeat once again: as the speeds increase, the fate of “real” unlimiteds looks more and more vague. If such no-limits even survive, then for sure only complete with hard and efficient limiting mechanisms that will be difficult (ideally, impossible) to bypass.

About unlimited internet

A boring text about unlimited cellular internet and its prospects in Russia. Taking into account foreign experience and "trampling on the rake" of both our operators and their colleagues abroad. With a sad but inevitable conclusion: the appearance of completely unlimited tariffs in cellular networks is extremely unlikely. At least for the foreseeable future.

A newsworthy occasion is T-Mobile's bitter suffering over "individual hackers" (according to statements - "a fraction of a percent"), who managed to strain the federal network of the American cellular company. Tighten to such an extent that the operator was forced to take drastic measures to limit lovers to download too much.

Bottom of the Question

T-Mobile has announced the start of a merciless fight against cell phone downloaders, and this time they are going to finish the job. Company President John Legere is determined and recently issued an angry warning message, read the original here.

What about T-Mobile's famous "Unlimited means unlimited" slogan? We are talking about cellular unlimited for smartphones and those subscribers who use these tariffs to distribute mobile Internet to other devices. The tariff provides for the ability to distribute up to 7 GB of traffic per month, then the access speed is cut. If you need more, you can buy additional packages for separate money. But why buy when you can get it for free? A rooted Android smartphone allows you to "deceive" the network and hide the fact of distributing the Internet via Wi-Fi, which many successfully do. The President of T-Mobile is not shy about calling it "stealing" and I tend to agree with him. The objection “My traffic, I pay for unlimited!” in this case, it is incorrect, since there is a separate paid service “traffic package for distribution”. Plus, all this is spelled out in the terms of the tariff and the subscriber deliberately hacks the smartphone and interferes with the settings. This is not the use of additional features, but a conscious refusal to pay for these features according to the existing price list. And anyway, scandals cannot be avoided, the image of the company will be spoiled and I would not rule out litigation. A year ago, T-Mobile tried to deal with such users, but backed down, afraid of the consequences. Now, apparently, the problem has matured to such an extent that they began to solve it.

Scope of the disaster

The figure is called "up to two terabytes of traffic per month", nothing supernatural. I know a few people who download more on our corporate cell phones.

Where so many? Apparently, there is somewhere, those who want to "download the entire Internet" have always been and will be, once posted on the forum a far from "record" sample of the report. The question is, how many such users? The president of T-Mobile writes about 1/100 of a percent, if you take it literally, then you get about 6,000 such subscribers. Was it worth it to start a war and risk reputation for the sake of such numbers? I doubt. It was announced that in the first batch of "punished" there will be 3,000 users, then the hunt will continue, they promise to find "eliminate" all violators. The posing of the question hints at the fact that there are at least several such parties, and it seems to me that the president is being cunning with the “hundredth of a percent”.

Technique

T-Mobile purchased special software that should reliably and reliably record the fact of distribution of traffic over Wi-Fi. Further, the client is sent a warning and offered to abandon this practice. If the warning is ignored, then the client is transferred to the cheapest tariff with a minimum traffic package, after which the speed is reduced to 64 or 128 Kbps. I did not find the exact figure, only the streamlined wording "2G speed". After such a forced transfer, the client can change the tariff, but the option with unlimited traffic is already closed for him.By the way, what kind of traffic for a smartphone can be considered unlimited? According to the experience of the child, if you watch videos online from morning to night, then the traffic consumption is about 2.5 GB per day. That is, 75 GB per month can be considered the maximum for “normal” consumption. Which, of course, is also many times more than even generous packages at limit rates, but far from terabytes. I suspect that last time T-Mobile "calculated" such users by traffic volumes above a certain number.

Now T-Mobile has approached the matter seriously and thoroughly. Judging by the description on the site, they even allocated a special phone number, which the violator can call and consult on how to live on and what tariff can be chosen. Initially transferred to the cheapest, most likely to avoid accusations of greed. The President separately emphasized that after the transfer, the client would pay much less, and for the company this is an unprofitable, but necessary measure.

For you and me, this story serves as an example of the fact that even in a relatively law-abiding country, in which there are probably fewer fans of torrents than in Russia, unlimited Internet does not survive. Even in situations where you have to hack your smartphone to get the desired terabytes.

What about us?

We have few full and "real" unlims left without restrictions. Some corporate tariffs, relatively short-term offers when the network is launched in the region, nightly unlimited, which remained only on expensive package tariffs. And, of course, Yota, which is rightly proud of its "real" unlimiteds. How do they do it? In different ways and, shall we say, with varying degrees of success.

On modem tariffs, the maximum speed is limited to 20 Mbps, for which you need to pay 1,400 rubles. per month, more or less comfortable 3.1 Mbps will cost 800 rubles. In addition to natural price and tariff-speed limits, there are speed limits by the type of traffic and depending on the load on the BS. For example, you definitely won’t be able to download torrents at full speed. According to reviews, the speed is cut at times even during periods far from the maximum load on the network. From other types of traffic, they cited the example of Windows updates, there are probably many such “exceptions”. But about online video, I heard the most favorable reviews, no one complains about Internet surfing either. So, the unlimited is regulated, it cannot be otherwise. Back in the days of WiMax, the Yota network was half dead at some point, and everything got better only after the introduction of such intelligent restrictions.

It's a completely different story with Yota tariffs for smartphones, the price of a package with unlimited Internet starts from quite democratic 440 rubles. per month. True, the SIM card only works in a smartphone, plus a number of other restrictions. Quote from the site:

“Unlimited Internet is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into a router, modem or tablet), the speed is limited to 64 kbps. If a phone with a Yota SIM card is used as a modem or Wi-Fi access point, the speed is limited to 128 Kbps, this restriction can be removed for 2 or 24 hours for an additional fee. Also, the speed is limited to 64 kbps when using file-sharing networks.".

Does this remind you of anything? A striking resemblance to the T-Mobile model. Also only in a smartphone, also unlimited and also distributed via Wi-Fi for a fee. And exactly the same problems with the "misuse" of the mobile Internet. Miracles do not happen, if there is a hole in the fence, then they will definitely climb into it. And numerous discussions on thematic sites confirm that there is more than one hole, smartphone SIM cards work in modems and smartphones distribute the Internet “for free”.

In this regard, the question is: when and how will they start fighting this? And sooner or later you will have to fight. On the example of T-Mobile, we see that software tools for detecting “illegality” exist and work. It is possible that T-Mobile has seriously taken up the “cleaning” just now thanks to this software. It is possible to suspect anomalous behavior based on traffic volumes, but it is one thing to suspect, and quite another to put evidence on the table.

It is a pity that it is not customary for us to advertise such events and we are unlikely to find out the details. I fully admit that some protective mechanisms are already working or will soon be launched. True, Yota does not have limit tariffs and there is nothing to transfer “tricks” to, it will not work to repeat the T-Mobile scheme. Is that "for life" to cut the speed after a warning. It would be nice, of course, to spell out such a provision in the Treaty.

There is a similar example in MTS, a fresh tariff for a Smart Nonstop smartphone, announced as "unlimited". However, the Internet at this tariff is unlimited only at night, this is clearly indicated in the description on the site and the transcript under the question mark.

A SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff only works in a smartphone, although this is modestly silent in the description on the site. Apparently, they thought that the general heading "Smart tariffs - specially for a smartphone" is a sufficient warning. But there is a quote in the pdf description:

“The Smart Nonstop plan is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card with the tariff is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into the modem), it is impossible to use the Internet included in the monthly tariff fee. In order to be able to use a SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff in the modem, you need to enable the "Internet VIP" or "Turbo buttons" options.".

However, the distribution of traffic via Wi-Fi on the Smart Nonstop tariff is not blocked, at night (from one in the morning to seven in the morning) this is not so critical. As a summary, I can only repeat once again: as the speeds increase, the fate of “real” unlimiteds looks more and more vague. If such no-limits even survive, then for sure only complete with hard and efficient limiting mechanisms that will be difficult (ideally, impossible) to bypass.

About unlimited internet

A boring text about unlimited cellular internet and its prospects in Russia. Taking into account foreign experience and "trampling on the rake" of both our operators and their colleagues abroad. With a sad but inevitable conclusion: the appearance of completely unlimited tariffs in cellular networks is extremely unlikely. At least for the foreseeable future.

A newsworthy occasion is T-Mobile's bitter suffering over "individual hackers" (according to statements - "a fraction of a percent"), who managed to strain the federal network of the American cellular company. Tighten to such an extent that the operator was forced to take drastic measures to limit lovers to download too much.

Bottom of the Question

T-Mobile has announced the start of a merciless fight against cell phone downloaders, and this time they are going to finish the job. Company President John Legere is determined and recently issued an angry warning message, read the original here.

What about T-Mobile's famous "Unlimited means unlimited" slogan? We are talking about cellular unlimited for smartphones and those subscribers who use these tariffs to distribute mobile Internet to other devices. The tariff provides for the ability to distribute up to 7 GB of traffic per month, then the access speed is cut. If you need more, you can buy additional packages for separate money. But why buy when you can get it for free? A rooted Android smartphone allows you to "deceive" the network and hide the fact of distributing the Internet via Wi-Fi, which many successfully do. The President of T-Mobile is not shy about calling it "stealing" and I tend to agree with him. The objection “My traffic, I pay for unlimited!” in this case, it is incorrect, since there is a separate paid service “traffic package for distribution”. Plus, all this is spelled out in the terms of the tariff and the subscriber deliberately hacks the smartphone and interferes with the settings. This is not the use of additional features, but a conscious refusal to pay for these features according to the existing price list. And anyway, scandals cannot be avoided, the image of the company will be spoiled and I would not rule out litigation. A year ago, T-Mobile tried to deal with such users, but backed down, afraid of the consequences. Now, apparently, the problem has matured to such an extent that they began to solve it.

But what about the famous T-Mobile slogan "Unlimited means unlimited" (unlimited means unlimited)? We are talking about cellular unlimited for smartphones and those subscribers who use these tariffs to distribute mobile Internet to other devices. The tariff provides for the ability to distribute up to 7 GB of traffic per month, then the access speed is cut. If you need more, you can buy additional packages for separate money. But why buy when you can get it for free? A rooted Android smartphone allows you to "deceive" the network and hide the fact of distributing the Internet via Wi-Fi, which many successfully do. The President of T-Mobile is not shy about calling it "stealing" and I tend to agree with him. The objection “My traffic, I pay for unlimited!” in this case, it is incorrect, since there is a separate paid service “traffic package for distribution”. Plus, all this is spelled out in the terms of the tariff and the subscriber deliberately hacks the smartphone and interferes with the settings. This is not the use of additional features, but a conscious refusal to pay for these features according to the existing price list. And anyway, scandals cannot be avoided, the image of the company will be spoiled and I would not rule out litigation. A year ago, T-Mobile tried to deal with such users, but backed down, afraid of the consequences. Now, apparently, the problem has matured to such an extent that they undertook to solve it.

Scope of the disaster

The figure is called "up to two terabytes of traffic per month", nothing supernatural. I know a few people who download more on our corporate cell phones.

Where so many? Apparently, there is somewhere, those who want to "download the entire Internet" have always been and will be, once posted on the forum a far from "record" sample of the report. The question is, how many such users? The president of T-Mobile writes about 1/100 of a percent, if you take it literally, then you get about 6,000 such subscribers. Was it worth it to start a war and risk reputation for the sake of such numbers? I doubt. It was announced that in the first batch of "punished" there will be 3,000 users, then the hunt will continue, they promise to find "eliminate" all violators. The posing of the question hints at the fact that there are at least several such parties, and it seems to me that the president is being cunning with the “hundredth of a percent”.

Technique

T-Mobile purchased special software that should reliably and reliably record the fact of distribution of traffic over Wi-Fi. Further, the client is sent a warning and offered to abandon this practice. If the warning is ignored, then the client is transferred to the cheapest tariff with a minimum traffic package, after which the speed is reduced to 64 or 128 Kbps. I did not find the exact figure, only the streamlined wording "2G speed". After such a forced transfer, the client can change the tariff, but the option with unlimited traffic is already closed for him. By the way, what kind of traffic for a smartphone can be considered unlimited? According to the experience of the child, if you watch videos online from morning to night, then the traffic consumption is about 2.5 GB per day. That is, 75 GB per month can be considered the maximum for “normal” consumption. Which, of course, is also many times more than even generous packages at limit rates, but far from terabytes. I suspect that last time T-Mobile "calculated" such users by traffic volumes above a certain number.

Now T-Mobile has taken the matter seriously and thoroughly. Judging by the description on the site, they even allocated a special phone number, which the violator can call and consult on how to live on and what tariff can be chosen. Initially transferred to the cheapest, most likely to avoid accusations of greed. The President separately emphasized that after the transfer, the client would pay much less, and for the company this is an unprofitable, but necessary measure.

For you and me, this story serves as an example of the fact that even in a relatively law-abiding country, in which there are probably fewer fans of torrents than in Russia, unlimited Internet does not survive. Even in situations where you have to hack your smartphone to get the desired terabytes.

What about us?

We have few full and "real" unlims left without restrictions. Some corporate tariffs, relatively short-term offers when the network is launched in the region, nightly unlimited, which remained only on expensive package tariffs. And, of course, Yota, which is rightly proud of its "real" unlimiteds. How do they do it? In different ways and, shall we say, with varying degrees of success.

On modem tariffs, the maximum speed is limited to 20 Mbps, for which you need to pay 1,400 rubles. per month, more or less comfortable 3.1 Mbps will cost 800 rubles. In addition to natural price and tariff-speed limits, there are speed limits by the type of traffic and depending on the load on the BS. For example, you definitely won’t be able to download torrents at full speed. According to reviews, the speed is cut at times even during periods far from the maximum load on the network. From other types of traffic, they cited the example of Windows updates, there are probably many such “exceptions”. But about online video, I heard the most favorable reviews, no one complains about Internet surfing either. So, the unlimited is regulated, it cannot be otherwise. Back in the days of WiMax, the Yota network was half dead at some point, and everything got better only after the introduction of such intelligent restrictions.

It's a completely different story with Yota tariffs for smartphones, the price of a package with unlimited Internet starts from quite democratic 440 rubles. per month. True, the SIM card only works in a smartphone, plus a number of other restrictions. Quote from the site:

“Unlimited Internet is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into a router, modem or tablet), the speed is limited to 64 kbps. If a phone with a Yota SIM card is used as a modem or Wi-Fi access point, the speed is limited to 128 Kbps, this restriction can be removed for 2 or 24 hours for an additional fee. Also, the speed is limited to 64 kbps when using file-sharing networks.".

Does this remind you of anything? A striking resemblance to the T-Mobile model. Also only in a smartphone, also unlimited and also distributed via Wi-Fi for a fee. And exactly the same problems with the "misuse" of the mobile Internet. Miracles do not happen, if there is a hole in the fence, then they will definitely climb into it. And numerous discussions on thematic sites confirm that there is more than one hole, smartphone SIM cards work in modems and smartphones distribute the Internet “for free”.

In this regard, the question is: when and how will they start fighting this? And sooner or later you will have to fight. On the example of T-Mobile, we see that software tools for detecting “illegality” exist and work. It is possible that T-Mobile has seriously taken up the “cleaning” just now thanks to this software. It is possible to suspect anomalous behavior based on traffic volumes, but it is one thing to suspect, and quite another to put evidence on the table.

It is a pity that it is not customary for us to advertise such events and we are unlikely to find out the details. I fully admit that some protective mechanisms are already working or will soon be launched. True, Yota does not have limit tariffs and there is nothing to transfer “tricks” to, it will not work to repeat the T-Mobile scheme. Is that "for life" to cut the speed after a warning. It would be nice, of course, to spell out such a provision in the Treaty.

There is a similar example in MTS, a fresh tariff for a Smart Nonstop smartphone, announced as "unlimited". However, the Internet at this tariff is unlimited only at night, this is clearly indicated in the description on the site and the transcript under the question mark.

A SIM card with the Smart Nonstop tariff only works in a smartphone, although this is modestly silent in the description on the site. Apparently, they thought that the general heading "Smart tariffs - specially for a smartphone" is a sufficient warning. But there is a quote in the pdf description:

“The Smart Nonstop plan is designed for a smartphone. If the SIM card with the tariff is not used for its intended purpose (inserted into the modem), it is impossible to use the Internet included in the monthly tariff fee. To be able to use a SIM-card with the Smart Nonstop tariff in the modem, you need to activate the "Internet VIP" or "Turbo buttons" options.".

However, the distribution of traffic via Wi-Fi on the Smart Nonstop tariff is not blocked, at night (from one in the morning to seven in the morning) this is not so critical. As a summary, I can only repeat once again: as the speeds increase, the fate of “real” unlimiteds looks more and more vague. If such no-limits even survive, then for sure only complete with hard and efficient limiting mechanisms that will be difficult (ideally, impossible) to bypass.