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Old 06-14-2012, 09:35 AM
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Verizon - the end of unlimited data?

Verizon issued the details of there new family shared plans on tuesday. From what I read in to it.........it appears that they will be able to force all customers into capped shared data plans.

What is your take on it?
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Re: Verizon - the end of unlimited data?

Didn't some people say that you are only forced into it if you renew contract aka upgrade? So if you pay full retail or ebay your phone it should be fine.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:23 PM
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Re: Verizon - the end of unlimited data?

They will probably start throttling the grandfathered users like AT&T is doing.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:34 PM
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Re: Verizon - the end of unlimited data?

Google May Build Bandwidth Throttling Feature Into Android

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Google's "bandwidth throttling" for mobile devices enables wireless [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue ! important]carriers[/COLOR][/COLOR] to set usage thresholds for data that is transferred during a certain timeframe and directly react with a bandwidth reduction. When the bandwidth cap is reached, the device can automatically limit the maximum bandwidth to a level that is permitted by the carrier. Filed in October 2011, the patent clearly speaks toward a trend that sees [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue ! important]wireless [COLOR=blue ! important]carriers[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] abandoning unlimited data plans and moving toward tiered data plans that occasionally include bandwidth throttling.

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The upside of such a feature, as opposed to hard caps which automatically purchase another data volume package and potentially surprise the user with a high bill, is that a user may actually notice that an unusually large amount of data is transferred. The technology would also allow for a carrier to offer the user to purchase additional data volume upon request.
Servers and their infrastructure would seem to have limits; and they are in the business to make money while providing a service; they can't operate on the slim margins oil and gas companies do, as an example.

I can see reasonable aspects to both sides of this, but in the end, user caps and throttling may be the most survivable business model in such a competitive marketplace.

YMMV, of course. . .
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:56 PM
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Re: Verizon - the end of unlimited data?

Here is to unlimited data! I hope it continues, so, no upgrades for me!


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