Is the account really unlimited or is it 5gb. Using a traffic monitor I can see that it will be REALLY easy to use 5gb, so then what happens ? Cut off, massive charges ?
Anyone have any insight.
Unfortunately, it doesn't matter what the Verizon officials say, it matters what your actual contract says.
Basically, there is a 5GB cap... it's possibly a "soft-cap"... there may be some wiggle room. Or not. Verizon's position is that, if you're using the phone as intended, doing entirely legal things, it'll be wholly impossible to exceed 5GB per month. Thus, if you are exceeding 5GB per month, you must clearly be doing something that's not permitted. So it's unlimited, but capped at 5GB.
I'm surprised there's any contraversy, other than Verizon saying "unlimited" and actually meaning 5GB... but then again, so do AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. And despite the inclusion of things like a YouTube application,
video streaming is technically not allowed. If you did 6 hours of HD video on YouTube (assuming the DROID actually gets served YouTube's "HD", which is 720p at 2Mb/s), you'd blow your 5GB limit (anyone wanting to experiment, please post the results).
Here's what the contract actually says:
Data Plans and Features (such as NationalAccess, BroadbandAccess, GlobalAccess, Push to Talk, and certain VZEmail services) may ONLY be used with wireless devices for the following purposes: (i) Internet browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access (including access to corporate intranets, email, and individual productivity applications like customer relationship management, sales force, and field service automation). The Data Plans and Features MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (ii) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing; or (iii) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses, continuously for one hour, could typically use 100 to 200 MBs, or, if engaged in prohibited uses for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, could use more than 5 GBs in a month.
For individual use only and not for resale. We reserve the right to protect our network from harm, which may impact legitimate data flows. We reserve the right to limit throughput or amount of data transferred, and to deny or terminate service, without notice, to anyone we believe is using an Data Plan or Feature in any manner prohibited above or whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels. Anyone using more than 5 GB per line in a given month is presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited above, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate the service of any such person without notice. We also reserve the right to terminate service upon expiration of Customer Agreement term.
I'm a new Verizon Wireless customer after years with T-Mobile on a blackberry. I was specifically Told that the 5gb limit was specific to their broadband offerings and did not apply to cell or smartphone plans. This was told to me via internet chat support when I was purchasing my Droid as well as at three different stores after I placed my order. I bought into the buzz from the net that Verizon always sold online before they offered the phones retail so I had to wait over the weekend to get mine. Then I ended up back at Verizon getting a new phone for my gf.
She was debating between a cell phone and the other Droid which she ended up getting.
If Verizon actually has a 5 gb limit, they certainly are leaving themselves open to a massive class action suit. I have the dubious distinction of living in an area where I can only get sat service for internet. That has a 500 MB limit per day which we are constantly pushing the limits on. I Considered Verizon's broadband wireless until I did the math and found it economically prohibitive.
Paying $60 a month for two cell phone to get email and do some surfing would be absurd. Any significant use of utube would eat up 5 gb in no time.