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T-Mobile may charge Apple, Google for heavy data use

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Wed July 21, 2010

T-Mo chief wants iPhone, Android data to cost more

The chief of T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom, Rene Obermann, argued in a German interview today that Apple and Google should pay more for higher-quality mobile data. iPhones and Android smartphones use much more data on the network, the executive told Manager Magazin, and should carry an extra surcharge if they need an especially fast or reliable network for music or video. Talks are already underway with at least Google.

Carriers have pressed for tiered use in the past, but they have usually chosen to cap data and simply curb overall use rather than punish individual mobile OS makers or apps. AT&T recently instituted a 2GB cap after years of promising unlimited data but being frequently overwhelmed by frequent use. Some of the blame has been pinned on companies refusing to disable or significantly cripple services; leaked insights from Apple's relationship with AT&T showed that it refused to neuter YouTube and other features, instead pushing AT&T to upgrade its network to handle the load.

T-Mobile might have the option of pursuing its extra fees in Europe but may not have that option in the US in the near future. The FCC hopes to codify net neutrality on a basic level and prevent carriers from charging more for certain kinds of data traffic. Officials have contended that allowing carriers to charge for more lets them discriminate in favor of certain technology or their own services. [via NewTeeVee]



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  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007

    +8

    that way

    We can continue our odious practice of getting money for doing nothing more than what we should be doing anyway. That is, improving our infrastructure to remain competat... er, forward thinki.. er, where was I...

    We need to charge Apple and Google because they forced us to sell their... eh, require that we improv... er, what were we talking about?

    We need to charge those companies because their phone prices aren't high enough to the consumer already, and our rate plans don't take into account trends and easily foreseeable infrastructure build-out.

  1. denislemire

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    Joined: Apr 2010

    +6

    Double dip

    Riiiiight, Google and Apple should pay for the bandwidth T-Mobile's end users are already paying for. Every bit must be paid for twice. Nonsense.

    Either charge your end users for bandwidth (current solution) or charge the content providers for delivering it to your end users (good luck!) you can't do both.

    Such a brain damaged notion will never work.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +7

    Re: Double dip

    Either charge your end users for bandwidth (current solution) or charge the content providers for delivering it to your end users (good luck!) you can't do both.

    They're not trying to charge content providers for the bandwidth. What they're charging them for is for prioritizing traffic to their devices so you, as a user, can experience wonderful video and audio playback and the like. Otherwise, there might a slight 'accident' and streaming traffic to iPhones might start to experience hiccups, causing users irritations at Apple.

    See, they're not trying to double dip. They're just trying to extort money from Google and Apple. That's so completely different.

  1. Marook

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    Joined: May 1999

    +4

    What a jerk!

    Listen up T-Mobile:
    YOU make the contract with your users - YOU build the network to support the contract you have made!

    Gee, this is like saying 'ohhh we would sooo much like you as a customer, but please don't use your phone'

    Get real!

  1. B9bot

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    -1

    More like 80% chance they won't be caring iPhones!

    Threatening Apple about charging more for data isn't a very wise idea if you want to carry the iPhone on your network. I'd say you have an 80% chance of NOT carrying the iPhone this fall with that little tidbit you just spit out.

    I'll stick with AT&T too!!

  1. SunhilTD

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    +1

    Europe is Backwards

    "T-Mobile might have the option of pursuing its extra fees in Europe..." Why? Because it's Europe and we do things differently here? That's just a stupid, baseless throwaway statement built on nothing more than laziness and ignorance. Even passing knowledge of the European mobile scene would lend one to believe that, while such tiered data pricing might be possible in the US, it is almost certainly not possible in most of Europe, given the agressive (relatively speaking) regulatory approach the EU has taken against mobile phone companies on SMS and roaming pricing already. Seriously, there was no need for that sentence save for some odd desire to undermine your own credibility. Mission accomplished.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: More like 80% chance

    Threatening Apple about charging more for data isn't a very wise idea if you want to carry the iPhone on your network. I'd say you have an 80% chance of NOT carrying the iPhone this fall with that little tidbit you just spit out.

    I'll stick with AT&T too!!


    Um, T-Mobile already sells the iPhone. Just not in the US.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: What a jerk!


    Listen up T-Mobile:
    YOU make the contract with your users - YOU build the network to support the contract you have made!


    And this isn't about current users, it's about new users in the future.

    Just like how ATT's new data plan costs don't affect current iPhone users, just those idiots who haven't gone out and bought it yet.

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