The Dangerous Small Print of The New Worm: Telstra Could Limit The Quality of The Video to 480 P

Telstra has accustomed us to partly marked the advance of mobile tariffs in Spain. His was the first rate with zero cents per minute calls and also the first offering unlimited national calls at a reasonable price. Their last hit on the table was the host of 20 GB for 29 euros a month, hit who have partially with the new host of 25 GB for 32 euros a month.

The new rate is including that limit of 5,000 minutes per month which premiered in September, that will be sufficient for the vast majority of users, but also includes a curious small print: the video quality could be limited to 480 p or 500 kbps to “ensure the quality of the data service”. Company sources say that that does not apply such small print, for now.

The growth in the use of mobile data in recent years being exponential and given the growing use of video in our phones, either because we want to access YouTube, Netflix or other streaming services or do live broadcasts, operators they continue that trend with some concern, per the requirement posed by them to their networks.

And anticipation of what may occur in the very near future, Telstra has included in its new host a small print that many users probably won’t:

You will be a resolution and speed optimized for consumption on mobile devices multimedia services (approx. 480 p, 500 Kbps) in order to ensure the quality of the data service.

A safeguard, according to sources of the operator

Limit the quality of the multimedia services (video basically) is what makes T-Mobile or Sprint in to change United States offer rates with “unlimited data”. A trick that seeks to precisely limit the traffic generated by the multimedia contents, which can be partly interpreted as beneficial for the user (consumes less data) but in the background It seeks to give less work or avoid saturating mobile operator networks you use it.

Sources of the operator ensures to Engadget Mobile that does not apply the limitation of the video quality, although it reserves the option to do so

Similarly, users of rates with large amount of data, as it is the case of the myriad of Telstra, can they hire them precisely to see high quality videos. Consulted on that small letter, sources of the operator have assured Engadget Mobile that time does not apply as explained therein. The same sources point out that optimization is a safeguard that is reflected in the terms of the tariff for “abuse” is given or if the network would not be saturated.

Just applied that limitation of the quality of the videos you see it as users go by hiring the new rate. Surely in Telstra, they will think it is much before applying what they call “a resolution and speed optimized for consumption on mobile devices multimedia services” due to users who could reject rate for this limitation.