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88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

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coming close to that 2 GB cap

So when are carriers going to stop with the "2 GB is more than enough because only 2% go over 2 GB".

Os

join:2011-01-26
US
Then they'll celebrate all the overage fees they're getting.

elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY
What this tells you is that if you have a crappy network offer unlimited, and if you have a good one, offer by the drip.

Once Sprint gets NV completed and TMO on 1900, the unlimited parties will end.

I think Verizon has the best policy for those who have unlimited (for now): Only throttle if the cell is congested, otherwise use that bandwidth. AT&T--draconian cut you off when the politburo says, is in a whole new league if you get on their magical 5% list.

I actually went to Straighttalk on Tmobile just because I heard of the horror stories of AT&T throttling at will. TMO is smooth sailing for me, and it's fast (9 Mbps)--$45...

Crookshanks

join:2008-02-04
Binghamton, NY

1 recommendation

reply to Os
said by Os:

Then they'll celebrate all the overage fees they're getting.

Not likely. Rate plans have always been carefully calibrated to meet the needs of the majority of users, while monetizing the minority. In this manner they keep churn low, discourage heavy use that compels capital investment, while bringing in additional revenue.

To be sure, they always find a way to maintain their current ARPU/ARPA. Verizon went from multiple SMS options to just three (per-use, 1000, unlimited) prior to Share Everything. Ditto for minutes, the only options became 450, 900, or unlimited. Now the only choice is unlimited for both, with tiered data. The end result is that you get more for the same, which is better than less for more, but we'd all certainly prefer to see more for less.

I would wager that as usage goes up so will the rate plans. You'll wind up paying a lot less per MB, but your overall bill will stay the same.

slckusr
Premium
join:2003-03-17
Greenville, SC
kudos:1
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reply to 88615298
said by 88615298:

So when are carriers going to stop with the "2 GB is more than enough because only 2% go over 2 GB".

2gb is enough, bandwidth isnt free and every consumer needs to pay their fair share.


quotasux

@qwest.net
reply to 88615298
I have two phones - one on the Sprint network, one on VZ. Since my company pays A LOT per month for my VZ phone, I use my VZ phone to watch Youtube vids, stream music, etc....although I havent gone over my quota yet.

My other phone, with Unlimited data...I never really use it...I guess since its cheap and unlimited data, I just dont feel the need to "get my money out of it"...if that makes sense.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
reply to 88615298
said by 88615298:

So when are carriers going to stop with the "2 GB is more than enough because only 2% go over 2 GB".

The Apple iPhone 5 users use substantially more than the the 4 and 3gs, both of whom used more data than the average smartphone user. The ~2GB threshold still works just fine. If and when 2GB plan subscribers start exceeding the limit and incurring overage charges in any significant amount, i.e. more than 2%, then carriers will adjust the bucket-size offerings and terms to keep Mom from bolting.

It isn't that hard to understand. Really.


MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
You do understand what an average is? in order for the average person to be using 1.58 GB and the fact that many users don't use a lot of data a lot of customers are already using more than 2GB of data monthly.

I hope they will adjust the bucket-size offerings, but we can't be sure they'll do anything.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
said by MovieLover76:

You do understand what an average is? in order for the average person to be using 1.58 GB and the fact that many users don't use a lot of data a lot of customers are already using more than 2GB of data monthly.

I hope they will adjust the bucket-size offerings, but we can't be sure they'll do anything.

The headline refers to the population of Verizon iPhone users.
Ray BF69's quote regarding the 2GB threshold refers to all "smartphone" data plan subscribers on all major carriers.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to slckusr
said by slckusr:

said by 88615298:

So when are carriers going to stop with the "2 GB is more than enough because only 2% go over 2 GB".

2gb is enough, bandwidth isnt free and every consumer needs to pay their fair share.

A) No it's not enough. And I get that unlimited is not sustainable. I'm not even arguing that point.

B) And you know $30 for 2 GB is "fair" because......?

I do know that to go from 2 GB to 4 GB and so on, on their Share Everything plan is $10. Or $5 per GB. $30/$5 per GB = 6 GB in my book. And we all know $5 per GB is also a rip off.


88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to elray
said by elray:

said by MovieLover76:

You do understand what an average is? in order for the average person to be using 1.58 GB and the fact that many users don't use a lot of data a lot of customers are already using more than 2GB of data monthly.

I hope they will adjust the bucket-size offerings, but we can't be sure they'll do anything.

The headline refers to the population of Verizon iPhone users.
Ray BF69's quote regarding the 2GB threshold refers to all "smartphone" data plan subscribers on all major carriers.

Last time I checked they don't have one data plan for iphone users and one data plan for everyone else. The average data use have been increasing by 40% or more every year for the last few years. By this time next year that means the average will be 2.2 GB.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
·EarthLink
said by 88615298:

said by elray:

said by MovieLover76:

You do understand what an average is? in order for the average person to be using 1.58 GB and the fact that many users don't use a lot of data a lot of customers are already using more than 2GB of data monthly.

I hope they will adjust the bucket-size offerings, but we can't be sure they'll do anything.

The headline refers to the population of Verizon iPhone users.
Ray BF69's quote regarding the 2GB threshold refers to all "smartphone" data plan subscribers on all major carriers.

Last time I checked they don't have one data plan for iphone users and one data plan for everyone else. The average data use have been increasing by 40% or more every year for the last few years. By this time next year that means the average will be 2.2 GB.

No, they don't. But if you've paid attention on this forum, you would have noted that surveys and statistics collected distinguish between iPhone data consumption and other "smartphones".

tcope
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join:2003-05-07
Sandy, UT
kudos:2
reply to quotasux
This is what I was thinking... I'm betting Verizon has a good portion of business users... with push emails and attachments being downloaded to phones.


dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO
reply to slckusr
said by slckusr:

...bandwidth isnt free and every consumer needs to pay their fair share.

It could be. They are moving us backwards to monetize us.