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Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

All the buffets I know of advertise all you can EAT, and you don't need to sign anything (unless you pay by check or credit) because you agree to that contract once you pay and start eating. Stuffing food in your pockets is therefore a violation of that contract. Using T-Mobile's unlimited data on the other hand is NOT a violation of contract, because each party has a different idea of what is fair and reasonable which was not clearly established in the written contract. So your analogy doesn't hold.

You're also missing the actual customer base they're going after. It's people employing workarounds to get around tether caps. T-Mobile unlimited plans specifically have limited tethering, in various small denominations of gigabytes per month. IE: Unlimited phone usage, limited tethering usage of non-phone devices. So in this case, it is pretty well established in the paperwork you signed. For example, I get unlimited data and 5gb tethering on my "contract".

Whether or not they can detect people bypassing tethering restrictions by using third party software is another story altogether. But I suspect there are ways.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 346

Suppose I need non-stop max cellular bandwidth for a scientific application, and I'm willing to pay my fair share of the cellular network cost for it, then what is the name of the cellular plan that I need to purchase?

I have totally different rules on my company provided mobile hotspot device then I did when I owned one for personal use. I'd start by talking to a business rep and looking into business plans. I work out of a home office, and use consumer Internet but business mobile. If I needed terabytes of connectivity for the broadband side, I'd probably be on a business plan there as well.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 2) 346

Nope. The contract doesn't forbid tethering. They charge extra (about $5 or $10 depending which unlimited plan you are starting from) for tethering. They are taking about the vague 'don't abuse / use to much your unlimited data' clauses in the contracts. Of course, these are the same people that will insist you must pay extra for rhapsody service if you want pandora radio to work, even though your contract & current plan already explicitly states music services are included and don't count towards any bandwidth/usage requirements.

We aren't paying for Rhapsody and get unlimited streaming music on T-Mobile. And I don't think you "pay" for Rhapsody anyway. It's just bundled in at their highest "unlimited" tier.

I also didn't read the fine print on said unlimited data, but intrinsically understood that there were going to be some fair limits. And incidentally, I think curtailing 3,000 out of millions of subscribers, and especially anyone using terabytes of data (that's more than my home broadband allows me to use) is included in what I assume to be a fair limit.

You don't sign an agreement to eat in a buffet, but there's an understanding that if you start stuffing chicken wings in your pockets you might be thrown out.

Comment Re:Free WiFi is a trap, news at 11! (Score 1) 187

But I pay for AT&T service and as part of that service they claim access to free wi-fi hotspots of theirs. I think this means that I PAY for these hotspots. So having advertisements in a paid service is obscene (well, more obscene than general purpose advertising). They don't need this side income from their paying customers.

Yeah. Like their ad-free U-verse service. Oh no... wait. Look, advertising isn't the problem. A pre-roll add, or whatever wouldn't be offensive (just annoying). But injecting code into other people's sites. Yeah... not good.

Comment Re:I'm not renewing prime this year... (Score 1) 79

I got that email too and ignored it because I already had Prime. It gives you two things:

1: Free 2 day shipping on any order of $49 or more.
2: Access to certain business and industrial products not available to non-business customers.

If I didn't have Prime, and didn't need any of the non-shipping benefits like music, video, Kindle Lending Library, etc, it'd be a no-brainer, since you get the fast shipping on $50 or more orders, and can continue with smaller orders and paying regular shipping (or free super saver).

Comment Re:I'm not renewing prime this year... (Score 1) 79

This. And though I've had hundreds of shipments from Amazon, personal and business-wise, very few have had problems. And in every case, they've had a replacement out the door to me before I even had the tape on the return box. Probably a quarter of the items I order now are delivered the same day, stuff is arriving on Sundays ... it all just works, and keeps working better as time goes by. Be reasonably intelligent about the sources of third-party listings, and you're done.

Also... they either changed their refund policy, or give better trust to people with long track records. Whenever I've had to return an item, I can credited the same day the tracking number is scanned by a carrier. Used to be you'd have to wait until a day or two after they received the item.

Comment Re:Single sign on is a pita (Score 1) 79

I wanted to use one account for ebooks and another for everything else. Works fine on ios but android has single sign on that can't be disabled.

So.....Now i have two $99 amazon prime subs.

Can anyone please tell me how to break single sign on on android?

Can't you just use Kindle Family Library? Login on your phone to the non-eBook account, which should be able to see the Kindle books via family sharing anyway.

Comment Re: Sure you can. (Score 1) 492

Apple has over $200 billion in cash, a good desktop OS, and a well known brand. If Apple could get off their horse long enough to see that, they could give Windows a real run for its money. Price is the real problem, Macs are expensive, really expensive, stupid expensive.

Offer a Mac for a reasonable price or license the OS or something, and Windows would have a real challenger.

Yup. 200 billion in cash and most of the industry's profits. They totally need to completely turn over their business model. Unlocked $199 phones, a $299 laptop or even better, license the OS for $50 a head to companies so they can make the hardware money instead of Apple. Seriously... what they are doing works very, very well. Making it a commodity item won't increase their profits, it would dilute them. There is a market for cheaper Apple hardware. It's just not one they want to do.

Porsche: there simply is no substitute. -- Risky Business