Excessive internet use

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    I have been reading this forum and different sites about excessive internet use but nothing I have read said what they consider as excessive. I read were Verizon tried to stop what they thought was excessive internet use and had to go to court because they disconnected customers phones and ended it up losing the cases and had to reimburse those people. This has me puzzled why they say unlimited and has me worried how much I can really use this phone.

    Can someone tell me what Verizon would consider as excessive internet use?

    I use right now and this is shared with my family around 5,300 MB a month. I plan to use my Droid for my sole internet use and will most likely use this amount. To me if you use a lot of the features on the Droid like the GPS which has to have the internet then yes you would go way over the 5,300 MB. Isn't this the reason we buy these phones for their features :)
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    I think i heard 5 GB a month max, but they may start asking questions, I am assuming you are using your phone for the internet and not tethering right. Tethering could get you in trouble unless you are signed up with Verizon for their service.
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    I don't think you have all the facts straight. The unlimited plan is just that....unlimited. That is if you use it for intended purpose. If you are using your phone to tether then that is not included in your contract, at which point if verizon finds out then they will charge you for those mgb. So go ahead and use your 3g coverage to your hearts content
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    The data plan for smart phones is unlimited FOR THAT DEVICE. The 5 GB limit is on the tethering / broadband access plans. That being said, you CAN tether your phone, but dont be stupid about it. You cant explain 20GB / month on a smart phone,and you are going to get caught. My first 2 months I was over 8.5GB / month on the phone (no tethering), and never heard anything about it.
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    Never heard about that. I'm constantly on the browser checking websites and downloading porn (can't wait for flash for xhamster and tube8 lol)). It's one of the reasons I bought the phone to be honest; coming from a Moto RAZR the speed and ease of browsing the internet still blows me away. However I want to say I only use about 2GB a month max for the time being.

    It honestly doesn't surprise me though, I mean look at what some ISP's are doing. We pay X number of dollars a month for screaming fast internet; when you have screaming fast internet you're almost instinctively going to download bigger files, and more often. ISP's assume they can rip you off by charging you X number of dollars and figuring you won't take full advantage of the connection. When they see that we do (legally or illegally), they try and cap the connection. I call bull****. I say pay close attention to your contract at signing, and download away. :)
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    Wow, you need help. You bought a phone so you can look at porn?
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    Thanks

    Thanks I just like knowing as much as I can and no surprises. Ok now I can get back to having fun :icon_ banana:
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    I'm sure they can check what ports you use for your data and when you use bittorrent ports or online gaming ports, they will know what you are doing and send you the bill
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    Wow, it doesn't sound like he needs help. I think he was able to find all the porn he wants. But I bet he appreciates you offering to help him find good sites.
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    One more:

    I was wondering who was keeping the list of acceptable reasons for buying a Droid. Now I know.:icon_ banana:
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    The internet was made for porn.. Can't avoid that.. There's even a video in youtube about it..

    Anyway back on topic... Unlimited is unlimited, I stream video of all sorts or download with ftp some real large files into my sd card.. Just start the download and come back later..

    With Flash, and HD approaching and even adult app stores like MiKandi for the droid, you will see a lot more higher bandwith uses out there for our little droid.. And with a 32MB SD you can store a little of that.
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    I posted this in a different thread yesterday. If you tether your laptop you are most likely grabbing content your phone can't handle. For instance, if you are tethering your xbox you are pulling in traffic your phone just couldn't by itself. Some streaming movie app or Hulu would also be traffic your phone can't pull in by itself. Do this over the cell towers and they can charge you 1.99/mb, not to mention you just violated your contract. I haven't heard of this occuring yet but if more and more people do it and more and more abuse it then I think we will see something in the news about someone getting a huge bill.

    $2 per mb. 20gb...what's that work out to?
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    I asked Verizon and the guy told me that if I'm caught tethering I'll be charged an extra 30$ per month , which is the price for tethering . Since I got the phone I only had around 100MB traffic from tether , I only use this in emergency situations . But the traffic with my phone was over 7GB every month .
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    I download torrents all the time straight to my phone they dont like it they can suck it lol
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    Good luck. If they "don't like it," they'll send you a bill. If you don't pay it, they'll terminate your service. You can then get an attorney and sue them. That, however, is likely to cost you considerably more than paying the bill. Your choice.

    As for what VZW considers to be "excessive internet use," that is left intentionally ambiguous. All carriers, including VZW, face a dilemma between marketing demands and network capacity. As devices like the Droid proliferate internet service providers face a whole set of problems in terms of providing adequate service. They can use market mechanisms (i.e. pricing) to control use and fund development of new networks or they can allow performance to suffer. Someone is going to pay for the next generation of networks. The choice is between charging heavy users more or using taxes to fund such development. Again, your choice.
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    Spoken like someone who's never had to pay bills before. Let me know how that works out for you.
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    I am hitting about 1.2gb/week on mine.
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    Wow, you need help. You bought a phone so you can look at porn? #2
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    Crystal, I hope this puts your mind more at ease: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-general-discussions/58-data-plan-required-answer-yes.html

    I usually average about 5-7 GB of data on my Droid, and I do not tether. Nothing has ever been said, plus unlimited is unlimited. As have been mentioned in other replies to you, tethering is one of those unknowns for now, but I'd recommend staying away from WiFi tether for now because large amounts of data in a short period of time is going to bring up the red flags.

    Someone said about $1.99 per MB - that is not accurate information. EVDO charges are different charges than data on a smartphone.
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