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Tamarai

Dec 30, 2010, 5:18 AM
I don't personally have use for video calling, but many will love it...

I can see AT&T welcoming this with open arms, even encouraging AppStore approval from Apple. Moderate use of video calling will eat up that capped data limit way before a month is up. Revenues will increase dramatically as customers start buying more than their allotted data usage.

Makes those of us who grandfathered in our unlimited data even more glad we did ;)
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T Bone

Dec 30, 2010, 1:19 PM
That makes no sense, the purpose of tiered data plans is to encourage people to curb their data usage to prevent overloading the towers, not to make money from overage charges.

Do you think the reason they offer tiered voice plans and tiered texting plans is to make money from overages, or is it to encourage people to limit their use?

Indeed, so concerned are carriers about overuse that they offer people incentives to curb their usage during peak hours by offering 'free' minutes during the part of the day when usage is down and the towers can handle more traffic (i.e. night and weekends).

This whole 'unlimited data' thing is a charade, no one can promise a truly 'unlimited' amount of ANY resource, and people accept tiered plans on e...
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Caucasian

Dec 31, 2010, 10:45 AM
Because the marketing power behind it is extremely useful.

As far as the reduction in cost to the consumer, that is if you use less data. It doesn't take a degree to figure out use less = pay less on tiered usage.

Another thing to remember is that the way Americans use and buy is not the same as the rest of the world. This is why you see H1's 2's and 3's, Ford F-2500000s and other ridiculous vehicles on a daily basis chugging away at a finite, non-renewable resource like it was candy. We are not known to "conserve" much.

Now, marketing and what Americans want aside, it is *not* sustainable. Strictly speaking on the cellular front, even if it is reusable there is a finite amount of spectrum, and all we can do is find better ways t...
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T Bone

Dec 31, 2010, 9:24 PM
Yes, as in the case of gasoline, the only fair way to handle the situation is to make the people who use more pay more...people who use more gasoline pay more....it's the only fair way to apportion a limited resource

So called 'unlimited' data plans (which, if you read your service contract you will quickly discover is not TRULY 'unlimited' every carrier puts a cap of some kind of data usage and will cut you off if they regard your usage as 'excessive') are the product of a time when the only people who used smartphones were people in business who used them for email and maybe some (very) light web browsing....moreover, they were using EDGE networks or (even earlier technology) so that large amounts of data usage was impractical...maybe l...
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