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expert007

join:2006-01-10
Buffalo, NY

People don't know what a GB is...

Hell, many folks don't even realize there's a difference between wifi and 2/3/4G. All they know is that when they turn their computer on, it wirelessly connects to something or other.....

I know plenty of non-techies who are ordinary, intelligent everyday citizens, and they're used to sitting at their computer for minutes/hours/etc and sipping all they can without worry of an obscene overage bill.

I'm not part of the crowd that screams "READ THE TOS".....though I do agree that this should be done. This is quite obvious a predatory tactic though and it will come to a head at some point.

funchords
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join:2001-03-11
Yarmouth Port, MA
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Re: People don't know what a GB is...

said by expert007:

This is quite obvious a predatory tactic though and it will come to a head at some point.
Just to illustrate this further, this page here is 56 KB -- and at AT&T's roaming rates in Canada (which are $0.015 per KB) means that every time your computer loads the page costs about a dollar (or just under a dollar).
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FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

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Re: People don't know what a GB is...

said by funchords:

said by expert007:

This is quite obvious a predatory tactic though and it will come to a head at some point.
Just to illustrate this further, this page here is 56 KB -- and at AT&T's roaming rates in Canada (which are $0.015 per KB) means that every time your computer loads the page costs about a dollar (or just under a dollar).
$.84

Good incentive to use text based web sites designed for mobile use. Like this:
»tkjunkmail.googlepages.com/mobilelinks

Besides, the text based web pages show the info you need much faster and are much easier to read on those smartphone screens.

""http: //text.dslreports.com/""
4.5 KB approx $.07
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MrMaster
jetsetter
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join:2000-12-16
St Thomas, VI

Re: People don't know what a GB is...

said by FFH:

said by funchords:

said by expert007:

This is quite obvious a predatory tactic though and it will come to a head at some point.
Just to illustrate this further, this page here is 56 KB -- and at AT&T's roaming rates in Canada (which are $0.015 per KB) means that every time your computer loads the page costs about a dollar (or just under a dollar).
$.84

Good incentive to use text based web sites designed for mobile use. Like this:
»tkjunkmail.googlepages.com/mobilelinks

»/
4.5 KB approx $.07
not really. It goes to show you how much a ripoff data roaming rates are.
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patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1

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Due to website bloat, it takes 20 seconds to render ebay.com on a Pentium 2 in Firefox. »m.ebay.com/ is a blink of an eye on a Pentium 2. »m.ebay.com/ is how all websites should be. 100s of KBs of JS and Flash and CSS and table layouts kill all the advances of Moore's law.

FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

Re: People don't know what a GB is...

said by patcat88:

Due to website bloat, it takes 20 seconds to render ebay.com on a Pentium 2 in Firefox. »m.ebay.com/ is a blink of an eye on a Pentium 2. »m.ebay.com/ is how all websites should be. 100s of KBs of JS and Flash and CSS and table layouts kill all the advances of Moore's law.
Yes.Even on my very fast home desktop PC, I often prefer many of the slimmed down mobile sites than their bloated regular web sites.
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k1ll3rdr4g0n

join:2005-03-19
Homer Glen, IL
said by funchords:

said by expert007:

This is quite obvious a predatory tactic though and it will come to a head at some point.
Just to illustrate this further, this page here is 56 KB -- and at AT&T's roaming rates in Canada (which are $0.015 per KB) means that every time your computer loads the page costs about a dollar (or just under a dollar).
What I don't get is how providers can charge for things like advertisements when I don't want them loaded. Sure, I can install extensions to block ads and such, but do you think the netbooks has them installed by default? Defiantly not.

FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
said by funchords:

AT&T's roaming rates in Canada (which are $0.015 per KB) means that every time your computer loads the page costs about a dollar (or just under a dollar).
»www.nextel.com/assets/pdfs/en/su···lyer.pdf
Sprint's rates for Canada are:
Canada $0.002/KB
More than 7x cheaper than AT&T
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Karl Bode
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join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

Re: People don't know what a GB is...

Interesting comparison! thanks