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Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?

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$10 or less
  4453 votes / 15%
$11 to $20
  5387 votes / 19%
$21 to $30
  6938 votes / 24%
$31 to $40
  3852 votes / 13%
$41 to $50
  2343 votes / 8%
$51 to $60
  808 votes / 2%
$61 or more
  644 votes / 2%
In real money or Verizon money?
  3431 votes / 12%
27856 total votes.
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Fair price for an unlimited wireless data plan?

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  • Sweden (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:38AM (#40682023)

    In Sweden I pay SEK 69/month for unlimited wireless on top of a prepaid plan ($10/month). I think this is too much though as I remember an Ericsson presentation saying that mobile data costs is in the single-digit cents per GB. It is a very profitable business.

  • by mynis01 (2448882) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @12:41AM (#40682041)
    All the "unlimited wireless" services I've tried are not worth $60 a year. If the speeds and reliability weren't so vastly inferior to home connections, and companies stopped charging extra for tethering, then I might consider it.
  • by afidel (530433) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @01:03AM (#40682153)
    My wife pays $25 for "unlimited" data (2.5G at full EVDO revB speed then throttled to 1xRTT speeds), unlimited texts, and 300 voice minutes a month. Overage voice minutes are just $.10. This deal's no longer available but despite it being a no contract service they have grandfather her in at that rate. You can get almost the same deal if you go with an iphone and use a credit card to auto pre-pay each months service ($30). There are no additional fees beyond local sales tax if any. You'll need good Sprint service where you live to take advantage since VM plans don't roam.
  • by jones_supa (887896) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @03:34AM (#40682963)

    Rough sample pricing of unlimited data in Finland. You can also check out the coverage map of Elisa [elisa.fi] (the biggest carrier).

    512 kb/s: 5€/month
    2 Mb/s: 10€/month
    21 Mb/s: 15€/month
    42 Mb/s: 20€/month

  • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @05:42AM (#40683597) Journal

    I get unlimited wireless for 5 euro (no caps or usage limits, no tethering restrictions, etc.), and the price has not changed for more than a year. Obviously I voted for the $10 or less option.

    The data fee is in addition to the basic 3G service fee, which costs less than 1 euro (actually 0.66) per month plus calls/SMS at 0.04 each. It's a rare month when the bill exceeds 10 euro total for calls and data. Needless to say, the phone is mine and relatively unlocked.

  • by Voyager529 (1363959) <voyager529@yahMENCKENoo.com minus author> on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @08:36AM (#40684643)

    From the carrier's perspective, that's still tethering. They don't particularly care whether the connection to your laptop/desktop is made through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IrDA, or a USB cable, only that it's connected at all.

  • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @10:03AM (#40685529) Journal

    I get unlimited wireless for 5 euro (no caps or usage limits, no tethering restrictions, etc.), and the price has not changed for more than a year. Obviously I voted for the $10 or less option.

    The data fee is in addition to the basic 3G service fee, which costs less than 1 euro (actually 0.66) per month plus calls/SMS at 0.04 each. It's a rare month when the bill exceeds 10 euro total for calls and data. Needless to say, the phone is mine and relatively unlocked.

    Which country? Which network?

    Country = Finland
    Basic service = DNA Onni S [www.dna.fi]. Calls/SMS are 0.069 (not 0.04, my mistake for not having a bill in front of me).
    Data addition = Laajakaista S [www.dna.fi]. And now that I checked my bill, I'm actually getting a 1 euro discount on the data service because of some sales campaign, so it's 3.90 euro instead of 4.90 euro.

    If I was a real talker, I'd probably go for the 2.90 euro Onni L service which includes 100 minutes.
    If I really wanted to watch streamed video on my phone, I'd go for the 9.90 euro Laajakaista M or if I was crazy enough to want HD streaming, I'd try the 15.90 euro Laajakaista L at 21Mbps (these data plans are also unlimited and have no restriction on tethering etc.).

    BTW, if you try Google Translate on these pages, be warned that it sucks a little bit on Finnish to English, and the result might read like a user manual for a Korean appliance in the bad old days.

  • by type40 (310531) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @12:51AM (#40694221)
    But..SOCALISM!!!
  • Re:Speed (Score:4, Informative)

    by camperdave (969942) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @12:46PM (#40700511) Journal
    You'd be better off with a dead seal carcass than 911 coverage. At least with the seal carcass, you could drop it and hope that the bear goes for it and stops chasing you.
  • by pspahn (1175617) on Thursday July 19, 2012 @09:19PM (#40706579)
    Then do so. [clear.com]

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