Yet another reason why dumb-pipe wireless networks are required to allow further internet service innovation – T-Mobile (U.S.) disabled access to Twitter via SMS – I wonder will they follow suit with their E.U. networks? Bob Mertz seems to have the most authorative response they have provided to date.
In your email, you express concerns, as you are not able to use your service for Twitter. As you have been advised, Twitter is not an authorized third-party service provider, and therefore you are not able to utilize service from this provide any longer. You indicate your feeling that this is a violation of the Net Neutrality.
T-Mobile would like to bring to your attention that the Terms and Conditions of service…We may impose credit, usage, or other limits to Service, cancel or suspend Service, or block certain types of calls, messages, or sessions (such as international, 900, or 976 calls) at our discretion.
So they are well within their rights to do this because their T&C effectively say ‘bite me’.
I actually think that more of these high profile incidents are required in order to highlight to the masses the control wireless network providers exercise over content that flows over their networks. Meanwhile it will be a rough ride for anyone who depends on mobile web services – slowly those with sense will learn to never dependent on their mobile network to continue to provide access to critical services.