I'm sitting here contemplating the feasibility of me getting the Motorola Xoom on launch day this Thursday for the subsidized price of $599 with a 2 year contract because I actually plan on using this device on 3G/4G coverage as much as I do my phone.
For research purposes I checked how much data I use on my phone over the past 4 billing cycles and found that my data usage has gone up from what it used to be. Up to almost 2GB of usage one month and with the other 3 hovering between 1GB and 1.5GB.
The fact that you can get a 1GB data plan for the Motorola Xoom at $20 a month is laughable. That is never going to be enough for me, or even someone who uses less data than the average person. Even 3GB for $35 is pushing it.
I want to be able to use the Xoom for what it was designed for. I want to play multi-player games while on the road. I want to stream Netflix movies while be driven across state lines (hopefully sooner rather than later). I want to browse the web in all it's glory and watch YouTube videos where ever I please. But doing any number of these is going to have me easily pushing past 3GB on 3G, not even to mention when it transitions to faster 4G.
I don't jailbreak my phones, I don't find illegal ways around data caps, but I feel I'm being punished for people who do. How someone could use enough data to the point these companies feel they need to limit the usage is beyond me. I listen to pandora radio every time I'm in my car. I browse the web over 3G when I could easily turn on wifi. I play online poker while traveling. And I only use 2GB.
Is anyone else as enraged as I am over how they dangle these capped data plans in front of our faces at the release of such a powerful device? The legitimate possibilities are endless, until they cap us.