Unlimited Data Actually Limited to 5gb?

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    It's been confirmed by i think 2 verizon reps on the forum already that there is no limit if your just using your phone. The cap is for tethering / broadband access
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    I could have sworn yesterday while I was on the Verizon wireless website under the plans page fine print it had a section for unlimited data plan, and in bold it said the plan was only to be used for normal web browsing/email and not heavy streaming/downloading. It also said that VZW had the right to cancel any account that exceeded 5gb of data per month to protect their network.

    I can't seem to find it now... so maybe it was for the mobile broadband like some others have said, but either way the plan was called "UNLIMITED". Don't call a plan unlimited and mislead your customers if you cut them off after 5gb.

    5gb is nothing if you love Internet Radio as much as I do. :(
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    Yea I was looking around to see what you were talking about and all I saw was the Mobile Broadband cap
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    The unlimited plan is definitely not unlimited, they got sued and although they still call it so (ridiculous) they now make sure to put the 5 gig cap in all the fine print. Not sure if it is for regular phone use or tethering, but I believe it's both.
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    There is a cap. Don't say there isn't if youa ren't sure.
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    You data usage can be viewed in your Verizon Wireless account page. The info is on the device page. I keep track of mine all the time there.
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    There is no data cap for data used ON YOUR DEVICE! 110% confirmed. End of thread. Anyone else arguing about it is a troll.
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    That lawsuit was over the unlimited broadband access.

    Already proven that it is unlimited. :closed_2:
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