I can see this page too often. Life is brutal, no doubts, so while I’m trying to connect new line to my flat, I’m still using T-Mobile broadband. It is a simple USB stick, that I brought back in 2010, and activated pay-as-you-go T-Mobile broadband plan. It’s £15 per month rolling plan, manually activated every month, which gives you full month of internet access (full month means 30 days in this case, but let’s say it’s a full month).
So be ready… what happens if you reach your Fair Use Policy? That’s a very good question, eh? T-mobile will let you know when you have reached your Fair Use Policy by sending you an SMS, and by redirecting your next browsing session (every time you reconnect) to an information page. Even after you have reached your Fair Use Policy with T-mobile plan, you will continue to be able to use your T-Mobile Broadband for text and image based browsing.
Streaming doesn’t work in most cases, this has been tested, and all sites that streaming directly (like YouTube) will not work (of course, I mean YouTube site will work, but any streaming from YouTube will not), some “almost” like streaming sites, that are using some smart flash based players may still work, depends on what protocol they are using for source data, quality of images may be decreased, seems like T-mobile compress some images on-the-fly and your browser gets smaller files/images, and emailing should work (this wasn’t tested, as all I use is gmail pretty much, and I think that most people do that, instead of thin clients and pop3, imap, smtp server, so all my mail traffic is pure http anyway, and that puts it into “always browsing” brackets).
In short, this means you’ll still be able to browse websites (awesome thing, don’t you think?), and… this is how T-mobile explains theirs “always browse” FUP: “login to Facebook, check your Hotmail or view the news on the BBC”. Heh. I know, a bit silly, once they said http is allowed, then it is allowed, no need to explain that Facebook or BBS sites will work. T-mobile will not charge you any extra, and your “always browse” will last till the end of your last day of monthly plan you’ve activated (which in this case is pay-as-you-go broadband, monthly plan).
After my monthly data transfer limit is gone, every time I reconnect and turn on my browser, I’m redirected to:
I’m not sure… have no idea, why it is “/fup/laptop_2011.html” URI, as I mentioned earlier, I brought my USB stick back in 2010, and we have 2012 now… maybe T-mobile is using “average” between the time your USB stick was manufactured and current year. I had a chance to see many odd things in the past, could be it’s one of those… quite ironic (Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía), but 2010 and 2012 pages doesn’t exists.
And the “welcome page” from T-mobile pay-as-you-go monthly plan looks like this:
“You’ve now exceeded your Mobile Broadband Fair Use Policy. That means you will continue to be able to use your Mobile Broadband for unlimited browsing and emailing. So you’ll still be able to browse websites, login to Facebook, check your Hotmail or catch the news on the BBC. For the time being, however, you won’t be able to do any other heavy usage activities such as watching videos or downloading files. Your Fair Use Policy duration depends on how you purchase your Mobile Broadband. When your Fair Use Policy begins again, either at the start of the next calendar month or your next purchase, it will be reset to 0 and your service will return to normal. Each Mobile Broadband option comes with its own Fair Use Policy. We’ve already sent a text message (via your internet manager software) letting you know you had reached 80% of your FUP, and now you’ve used over 100%. At T-Mobile we want to give you our customers the best service possible. Our Fair Use Policy (FUP) helps us do this and also means we don’t have to charge any run on rates. We will never ask you to pay more than you agreed, so you’ll always know how much you’re paying and never get an unexpected bill. For further information on our Fair Use Policy please visit www.t-mobile.co.uk/broadbandhelp”.