said by Crookshanks:Well if Pandora only uses 64 kbps then you don't need 4G for that do you? I fact if you're using les than 2 GB a month there very little benefit of 4G speeds. said by BF69:
What can you do with 2 GB a month on LTE?
Everything you could do on the 3G network, only faster.
For all the bellyaching around here (and on other tech sites) about wireless data caps how many users are really impacted? Most people I know use their smartphones for e-mail and web browsing. Caps don't really come into play for them. Nor do they come into play for the majority of people who use their phones to stream audio. Pandora Mobile streams at 64kbit/s (80kbit/s at high quality) which translates into about 36 hours of streaming per gigabyte. Pandora even did a study of their Android/iPhone users and concluded that >90% of them would not be impacted by a 2GB data cap.
And some of us do. In fact Verizon show off people watching Netflix on it's commercials. In fact it touts watching online video as one of the benefits of 4G. So what you are saying is Verizon is saying "Here is what you can do on 4G but don't actually do it".
And before you say "video", most people who use "mobile video" are watching stupid Youtube clips of cute kittens, talking parrots, and funny television commercials. Few people want to watch full length movies on a cell phone (or a tablet) screen.
To say few people go over 2 GB when the cap is 2 GB and conclude that is all people want to use is obtuse. Of course people aren't going over 2 GB they don't want overages. It's like saying if people are driving 70 MPH on the interstate when the speed limit is also 70 MPH it's because they don't want to go any faster than that anyways. Go to Montana where they don't have speed limits and I can guarantee you the average car is going faster than 70 MPH.
We may hate the carriers for these policies but they were smart enough to structure these plans so it would only be a minority of users who are impacted by caps/overages. It's a win-win for them; they either force the heaviest data users to leave the network/limit their usage or they monetize them and have more capital to put back into the network.