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AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Nix Download Booster from GS5

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rwalford79

Apr 10, 2014, 11:03 AM
DATA CAPS

With all three providers having moved toward, or moving toward data limits and caps on their network, none of these carriers are going to support anything that has the potential to put data on their network in that fashion, but more so, why would they wanna get customers complaining that they downloaded over "WiFi" and found that they went over their data cap - there by forcing the carrier to raise their unrealistic low data allotments?

I mean, think about it.
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ChrisSmith2002

Apr 10, 2014, 11:39 AM
My thoughts exactly. You only "think" your on Wi-Fi until the bill comes.
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Shakezula84

Apr 10, 2014, 12:31 PM
I am surprised any US carrier is on board with this. What would be cool of this feature, if it doesnt already, would be to take advantage of dual band routers by downloading files on both 2.4ghz and 5ghz. I am sure it wont since that would require two wifi antennas and i dont think they have said anything about that. If they have please someone correct me.
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amarryat

Apr 10, 2014, 1:34 PM
There would be zero benefit to doing that. The download bottleneck is the ISP, not the N wifi.
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Shakezula84

Apr 10, 2014, 3:40 PM
Im not an expert on it and I stand corrected. I just assumed it would be possible since I just got a dual band router and its drastically increased how many devices I can have running at one time and assumed a device that could take advantage of two bands at once would see a speed benefit from not having everything on one frequency.
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amarryat

Apr 10, 2014, 3:47 PM
I suppose that theoretically that could be the case if there were devices and routers that supported wifi "carrier aggregation" or whatever it would be called. But unless your ISP exceeded the wifi specs anyway, there wouldn't be much point to that. Wireless N is far faster than just about any ISP could be.
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Zpike

Apr 10, 2014, 5:08 PM
That the downloaded content is on the Internet. Which based on how the app in the article works, would be a fair assumption. However, for data transfer over the local network, Shakezula's suggestion could still be viable.
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DarkStar

Apr 11, 2014, 4:04 PM
Uh what 3 carriers? Verizon and AT&T and who else?
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