Thursday, August 4, 2011

Data caps really are annoying, Throttling might be worse though

When you can't even GET a service that you want because carriers have figured out what an oligarchy is. I'm pretty sure that's why we have baby bells... too much history?

Its going to get to the point that people who truly need unlimited 4G (LTE or WiMax, even that HSDPA+ flavor) are going to just start carrying multiple usb dongles and swap them out as the data gets capped, which is ridiculous. On another note, saying that you have an unlimited* plan (notice that asterisk) but with the speed throttled to the point where its unusable, isn't unlimited.

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From the BoingBoing post:
 "Wireless carriers have started to push their new 4G networks. The carriers say that these new networks are amazing, and will allow you to do more, faster, than ever before. What they do not tell you is that you will not be able to use the new 4G networks for very much. That is because the wireless carriers (with the exception of Sprint, which offers truly unlimited 4G connections) have imposed arbitrary limits on their 4G networks. For the average user, this limit is set at 2 GB per month. As a result, just about everything that you would use the 4G network for will put you over your limit. At full speed, you will hit a month's worth of caps in under an hour. In that time, you might be able to download half an HD movie to watch for the rest of the month."

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