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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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  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @06:29AM (#40683817) Journal

    I'm going to assume a fellow slashdotter would know what unlimited ACTUALLY means and therefore $61 is incredibly cheap for unlimited data especially over a service which has limited bandwidth as it's shared over a spectrum - if every customer had unlimited AND used unlimited - even with huge backbone links to the telco it would still slow to a crawl.....

    The Australian liberal party keep trying to put down the Australian labour party because of the national broadband network (fibre) because "wireless will soon catch up anyhow" - in a clear display of not understanding how the technology works in the slightest.

    In Australia my workplace pays $22 per month for 600mb. Yes, 600mb of 3G data per month. - Mind you it's with the best telco in the country - I get coverage Australia wide and the speeds are genuinely quite reliable.

    Wireless should not be used for downloading movies, watching 60 minute HD youtube clips or whatever else. You should NOT be streaming internet radio, over 3G all day long to your phone, it's absoloutely and utterly in-efficient, you're polluting the damn airwaves using a completely illogical method of getting data to yourself. Use 3G wisely and it will perform well. Abuse it and expect to be charged insane amounts of money and or have poor performance.

    I do think $22 is a bit steep for 600mb but I think say $10 for 1gb would be absoloutely fine and reasonable pricing.
    Would I like to see it cheaper? You're damn right I would but I'm realistic and understand how the technology works and how much it costs to deploy.

    "Unlimited" over 3G as a concept is just utterly gross to me.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @11:03AM (#40686181)

    As something similar, I'd be happy if more computers (laptops, even desktops) had a built in LTE radio [1] so I could drop a SIM card in them and be off and running.

    I know the US is behind the rest of the world. Heck, until the iPhone came out, people were more than content with a Motorola RAZR, regarding smartphones as toys for geeks or musts for the exec on the go. However, it is just plain not acceptable that the only thing that is increasing are fees, while the rest of the world actually has usable bandwidth on their devices.

    Take Korea or Japan. Their cellphones not just are able to do the usual voice/text/data, but get TV in real time with full DVR capabilities.

    Take China. While CDMA providers here refuse access to their networks unless you use a phone bought from them, one can easily use R/UIM cards (similar to SIM cards in function) and easily go from network to network. A lot of phones have dual SIM cards to make having access to multiple networks a lot easier.

    Take Europe. Competition there keeps prices down, because if one provider pulls crap, one SIM change later, and that phone is now on a different network.

    Hell, take Central America. A couple pesos buys you better service than hundreds of dollars buys in the US.

    [1]: Pie in the sky here, but it would be even cooler if the network interface offered hardware base firewall rulesets, so even if the OS got compromised, mail wouldn't be sent out over port 25, and the IP blacklists would remain intact.

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