"Stop all the downloading"

In the U.K., T-Mobile is adopting a new fair use policy that would slash monthly data caps from 1GB or 3GB (depending on the contract) to just 500MB.

"If you want to download, stream and watch video clips, save that stuff for your home broadband," a T-Mobile website explaining the changes says.

The changes are set to go into effect February 1. "We have to give you reasonable notice that our fair use policy is changing," read a post on T-Mobile UK's Twitter account.

The carrier has been touting the changes as positive for its customers. To help explain the changes, it put up a discussion post on its forums. An excerpt reads:

These restrictions will affect both new and existing customers, and will ensure an improved quality of service for all of our mobile internet users. As the average mobile internet customer uses only 200MB of data each month, this will only affect a small minority of users, whom we have begun notifying.

Customers won't be charged once they exceed the new 500MB limit. Rather, they'll be banned from streaming videos or downloading large files for the rest of the month. "Browsing means looking at websites and checking email, but not watching videos, downloading files or playing games," the company said. "It’s only when you go over the fair use amount that you won’t be able to download, stream and watch video clips."

According to PC Pro, the new T-Mobile policy is the direct opposite of what wireless rival 3 has implemented -- removing all data caps.

It is unclear whether T-Mobile will follow a similar route in the U.S. in the future.

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