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Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 1) 422

300 kb/s sustained 24/7 on your cell phone is a fucking lot of data, man. I wouldn't call any level of use "dickish," but that's a lot of usage. A lot of people in this discussion keep acting like the plan is a home Internet plan. It's not. We're talking about smart phone data plans as per the OP.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 422

As they are frequently in a monopoly situation, I deny that they are either ethically or legally within their rights to cancel a user.

Verizon is ethically and legally required to provide cell phone service to everyone. Got it.

Also, no, wireless carriers are pretty much never in a monopoly situation. Where in the US can you only get cell phone service through Verizon??

Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score 2) 422

The point is, if you get cut off after reaching a limit... it really isn't unlimited, is it?

They aren't getting cut off under the unlimited plan, though. They're being told there is no unlimited plan anymore, so either move to another plan or service will stop. Slashdot has for the entire time I've been a member here been asking for literally this exact thing: truth in advertising. Well this is truth in advertising: there is no more unlimited going forward, so if you don't get a different plan, you will be cut off.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 422

And those people are no longer under a long-term contract but are paying month to month. Verizon is well within their rights legally and ethically to cancel a month-to-month agreement at any time. I don't fault them for this at all. It is wholly different from throttling, which is "you get unlimited! except you're not!"

Comment Re:Glad (Score 2, Insightful) 422

I know you're just joking, but they are giving unlimited. Now they're saying "we aren't going to give you unlimited anymore and we aren't going to charge you anymore." This is a lot more reasonable and totally different from "we're calling it unlimited but not giving you unlimited," which is what the cable companies do.

Comment Re:It's A Bargain (Score 1) 460

My wife and I are a surgeon and a corporate lawyer. We take some baller vacations. I'd still call $1500 an expensive vaction. I wouldn't call it an expensive vacation abroad because that's really on the low end of things if you're two Americans going abroad on vacation (you're looking at, in a dream of dreams, $1,000 just on the cheapest tickets you can find to a country you picked just because it's the cheapest destination right now, and that's without including food, housing, and things to do—certainly for two people to fly across an ocean for vacation, they'd really have to penny pinch to come in under $1500 total). But it's certainly an expensive vacation if you're just talking about vacations in general.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 460

Which is irrelevant to what the thread is discussing (whether content is good, not whether Netflix-made content is good).

As an aside, not that it's terribly important, but PB is called "Original" on the Netflix service itself, so a cord-cutter in the US ought to be forgiven for not knowing it was on the BBC before.

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