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    Unlimited Data Actually Limited to 5gb?

    Whats the deal on this? I've read from a few websites along with the actual VZW wireless site that the unlimited data plan is capped to 5gb/month and if you exceed that Verizon has the right to cancel your account.

    I plan to use my droid mainly for internet radio while driving to/from work and school and will exceed that 5gb limit very quickly. If this 5gb cap is true then I might not be getting this phone.

    Any word on if this is true or not?
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    Im pretty sure thats for tethering?

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    It's true, but unless you are constantly streaming videos and downloading torrents, you're not likely to ever go over that limit. I believe there is an app in the Adroid Marketplace that keeps track of your data usage if you're still worried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JhankG View Post
    It's true, but unless you are constantly streaming videos and downloading torrents, you're not likely to ever go over that limit. I believe there is an app in the Adroid Marketplace that keeps track of your data usage if you're still worried.
    I'll have to check that out.

    I have the data plan right now with VZW and I have never exceeded 2GB.
    I stream Pandora most of my commute to and from work. I use GMAIL nonstop. Facebook is always reloading.

    I am never concerned with going over any limit.

    On a mobile device, it's sort of hard, not impossible though, to reach/exceed 5GB limit unless you're tethering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steadystate View Post
    Whats the deal on this? I've read from a few websites along with the actual VZW wireless site that the unlimited data plan is capped to 5gb/month and if you exceed that Verizon has the right to cancel your account.

    I plan to use my droid mainly for internet radio while driving to/from work and school and will exceed that 5gb limit very quickly. If this 5gb cap is true then I might not be getting this phone.

    Any word on if this is true or not?
    This is not true. The unlimited data cap is for the broadband / tethering option only. Been asked and answered many times in this forum, but i can't find the one that the verizon rep answered it also
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    first, welcome to the forum! i think the 5gb limit is just for mobile broadband connect, but i'm not sure.. but like JhankG said, you've got to burn through a LOT of downloading/streaming to hit 5gb..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    first, welcome to the forum! i think the 5gb limit is just for mobile broadband connect, but i'm not sure.. but like JhankG said, you've got to burn through a LOT of downloading/streaming to hit 5gb..
    If your a heavy traveler and depend on GPS and like to have Ariel overlay and Google street view, it could tend to be alot of data passage also.
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    Ok lets say it is limited to 5 gb/month, listening to a 128kbps radio stream for 5 hrs a day:

    128kbps x (1KB/8kb) x (3600sec/hr) x 5 hr/day = 288 MB/day

    (5,000 MB) / 288 MB/day = 17.36 days

    That gives me 17.36 days of 128kbps radio stream listening for 5 hours per day to exceed the 5 gb cap...

    Thats half a month... and thats not factoring in other browsing/email/facebook/maps...

    So if the cap is true... it sucks hard...
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    I'm pretty sure there's no 5Gb cap or else they wouldn't say Unlimited. I think its just for tethering
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    hmm.. good point.
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