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When unlimited is not unlimited

By Gary R, in , posted: 5-Apr-2007 14:12

As mentioned on Slashdot and linked to Cybernet News a Verizon Wireless (CDMA EVDO) 'Unlimited Access' plan is not unlimited.

The T&C's state:
Anyone using more than 5 GB per line in a given month is presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited above, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate the service of any such person without notice.

Prohibited use includes:
The Unlimited Data Plans and Features MAY NOT be used for any other purpose. Examples of prohibited uses include, without limitation, the following: (i) continuous uploading, downloading or streaming of audio or video programming or games; (ii) server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine–to–machine connections or peer–to–peer (P2P) file sharing; or (iii) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services and/or redirecting television signals for viewing on laptops is prohibited. A person engaged in prohibited uses, continuously for one hour, could typically use 100 to 200 MBs, or, if engaged in prohibited uses for 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, could use more than 5 GBs in a month.

The plan costs USD79.95 p/month with a 1 or 2 year minimum term. There is a USD35.00 activation fee and a USD175.00 early termination fee. Taxes and surcharges add between another 3 to 33% p/month.

Things are not so bad here then? Do what you want, pay $59.95 for 2GB (plus GST). Limited sure, but at least it is honest. Where as Verizon calling their plan 'unlimited' is just not right.




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Comment by juha, on 5-Apr-2007 15:39

Agreed - it's a bit like adverts for DVDs saying "yours to own" when the DRM won't let you do that.


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