Verizon Killing Unlimited Data

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    8kbps = 1KBs so a 96kbps stream will consume 12KB/s and you'll use up 43.2MB per hour of streaming x82 hours = 3.5GB...
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    Unlimited anything is not sustainable in the long run.
    While I can't find Verizon legal jargon that defines what their "unlimited data" can be used for (how about running a small data center from your Verizon phone? :) , AT&T's superior attorneys have defined it:

    http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-ph...tended Purposes Of The Wireless Data Service?

    I'd say many AT&T customers who currently use more than 2GB/month are in violation of AT&T's terms. Rather than lose customers, they plan to make those who use more pay more.

    I'm not necessarily agreeing with the strategy; just trying to analyze it.

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    Internet is always measured in bits, some programs may break it down for the simple minded folk. So 3.5GB would really be 28 gb/s. His math is correct.

    GB is gigabyte
    gb is gigabit.

    You don't see gigabyte routers do you, no- they are gigabit routers.

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    82 hours @ 92 kbps is 3.xxx GB

    92 kbps = 12 Kbps,
    X 60 secs, x 60 mins, x 82 hours, divide your kpbs by 8 to get Kbps, divide THAT result by 1024 to get MB, and another 1024 to get GB.

    I think you just read your data usage incorrectly.


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    Regardless of this truth, the conversation topic is being measured in the media storage standard of gigabytes :D

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    Android users arguing with eachother...smh..i blame apple for this haha

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    I have comcast internet at home and free public wifi at work so I'm always on wifi and not 3G

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    I have wifi at home as well and i try to connect to wifi wherever i go as much as possible, and i still have managed to use 1.8 GB on 3G with a week left in my billing period.

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    I'd just install "3G Watchdog" or "PhoneUsage" to get the exact amount of 3G data I use.

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    MyVerizon works for me...the market version displays usage in Kb, Mb and Gb for ya

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    Just curious...If VZW is doing away with unlimited data for 3G, what would be there pricing tier be.
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    It hasn't happened yet, and anyone who would answer this would only be guessing.
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    This is what I get for posting late at night. I should have prefaced it as it would be easy to do if VZW is measuring usage in bits and not Bytes. If the usage measurement is in gigabits (gb), then yes it's easy. If the usage measurement is in Gigabytes (GB), then I agree 27GB of usage would be hard to achieve unless they're streaming high quality/HD videos all the time or doing something that is against the TOS. IIRC, there was someone on this board that used a little over 1GB in a day by streaming videos on his new Droid all day long at work; I can try to find the post if necessary.

    When it comes to VZW and math, it has already been established that they and I expect they couldn't convert bits and bytes.

    So my point is it's pretty easy if they're measuring in bits and it's doable within the TOS (last version I looked at) if they're measuring in bytes, albeit with 8+ hours a day streaming higher quality videos. Last nights post was under the assumption of getting screwed and being measured in bits, which I should have noted in the post. ;)
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    Good article, but the author makes some specious arguments.

    Fact is that the cellular telephone industry is having to deal with an exponentially expanding customer base with limited available bandwidth.

    Add in the streaming video crowd and now the "top 5%" start lagging an already taxed network.

    Like it or not, the bottom line is that Verizon, AT&T, etc. are in business to make money for their shareholders, not give away potential revenue streams. And by limiting the bandwidth with tiered plans, they take some of the "streamers" out of the equation and the network performance for the rest of us improves. Pretty elegant solution, actually.

    JMHO
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    Not to mention, the energy industry is apples to oranges. It's literally can be a life and death issue (or at least cost a factory millions in lost production) to deny service or "brownout". But mainly there's no such thing as unlimited energy for a flat price - you pay for what you consume.

    And the $3 wireless providers pay for user, I think to the hardline carriers, is also misleading. They spend BILLIONS on wireless infrastructure investment and maintenance that takes years to recover and generate an ROI.
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