Speedtest data will no longer count against T-Mobile data allowances

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Earlier in June, reports started to emerge that T-Mobile was no longer including the OOKLA Speedtest app in any data consumption. Meaning users could test their network strength as often as they wanted, and it wouldn’t count against their data allotment. It has now since been confirmed.

T-Mobile is still shaking things up well after their Uncarrier 5.0 and 6.0 events have quieted down. This latest confirmation, which comes from a report out of Fierce Wireless, based on the initial report from TmoNews, is actually a well executed extension of what the Magenta network has already announced. Now anyone who has T-Mobile as their provider of choice can test their network strength as often as they want, and the data used will not count against their data allowance.
In a statement made by T-Mobile:
The Ookla Speedtest.net application is designed to measure true network speed–not show that a customer has exceeded their high-speed data bucket. Other speed test providers are also whitelisted.
So, if you’ve got yourself 3GB of data per month of unlimited data, before you get throttled to a slower speed, if you use 1GB of that data to test your network, you’ll ultimately still have 3GB for the rest of the month. The OOKLA Speedtest app no longer pulls from that data bucket.
This is similar to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 6.0 movement, which saw the removal of streaming music from the unlimited data buckets. It is also good timing with their Uncarrier 5.0 initiative, considering quite a few people signed up to Test Drive the T-Mobile network with the supplied iPhone 5s. Now those who are testing out the network will be able to test to their heart’s content, everywhere they go, without worrying about that data bucket.
Are you currently using T-Mobile’s Test Drive to test out their network? Are you hoping the other carriers follow in the Magenta network’s footsteps with these moves?
[via Fierce Wireless; TmoNews]

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