It's almost if.... ...in the United States carriers dictate service and not hardware manufacturers.
Your carrier knows best Cellular operators are such a drag on hardware, software, and third party service innovation.
Re: Your carrier knows best Actually they do. If Verizon enabled this no doubt people would use this then complain about overages by saying "I only use wi-fi. Why am I over my cap?" because yes customers are that stupid.
Re: Your carrier knows best I've been on the other end of that phone line in a previous life, and yes, they are. They'd use Download Booster and then pitch a huge fit when they realized it's using cellular data. It doesn't matter if you warned them; some people wouldn't understand the warning, but, when their bill comes, they'd go through the roof.
Reminds me of an incident that happened right after I started working in tech support. The ISP I worked for was retiring a very old mail server and transitioning the relatively small number of people still on it to one of our current servers. Customers had been getting messages for weeks on end telling them to change their server settings to point to the new server and, if they were using IMAP, to download the mail they had on the old one, and we even told them that, if they didn't know how, they could call in, and we'd walk them through it. Well, this guy calls in, mad as a hornet, because he can't get to his mail. When I mentioned that we'd been sending out notices for weeks, both by e-mail and in bill inserts, asking people to transition to the new server, he flatly denied we'd sent him anything. I can't remember if we were able to retrieve his old mail (I think it got sent to the server admins and they did), but that's the type of customer who'd use Download Booster and then blame the carrier for how it works.
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Re: Your carrier knows best So it's not that data costs way too much. Instead, we have to protect customers from themselves.
Re: Your carrier knows best Yes, data costs way too much. You'll get no argument from me. I'm not defending what they did; I'm just saying that there are going to be people who won't be able to understand how this works, will use it when they shouldn't, and will then pitch a fit when they get the bill.
One thought, though. If the carriers wanted to extract money from customers by having them go over their caps, wouldn't it make more sense to leave this feature intact? I mean, I spend most of my time on wi-fi, so I don't even come close to hitting my cap, so wouldn't the carrier want to get me to use more cellular data by giving me the chance to use a feature like this? Either I'd go over, or I'd up my plan. From a financial standpoint, turning it off gains them nothing.
Re: Why would I want to combine the two...
said by sandman_1:And T-Mobile isn't blocking this. And as you say you have unlimited data. Most Verizon customers do NOT have unlimited data. If there is some file so large you need both wi-fi and 4G to download it "fast enough"( however you want to define that ) then you are probably going to exceed your cap.
You are overthinking it. If you have 150Mbps Internet then yes you don't really need to do this. However for other people not so lucky to have that kind of connection, I would assume any little bit would help barring data caps and such.
I have a 30Mbps home connection and this would be nice to do with my Tmobile 4G, which would add another ~20Mbps with my unlimited plan.
It would show you how much you really do not get For those who have not checked both their 3G and 4G data along side of their WIFI usage, perhaps you should do that.
If you saw how little data they are really giving you at that incredibly high price, this discussion would have never happened.
WIFI is carrying a hundred MB of data to you every day just to maintain updates to the apps on your phone. Now when you actually use them, even more than that.
Do the math and see why this crippled data model will come back to bite you very soon. Sorry, but the word sheep comes to mind here gents!