As a long-time watcher of the NZ ISP scene I find the sudden, widespread movement towards unlimited data very surprising, but (hopefully) very positive for NZ internet users... our island isolation is truly reduced if we can make full, enthusiastic use of virtual presence without constantly worrying about the ticking meter. Its certainly been a big deal for my business.
Traditionally if an ISP has had an "unlimited" option it has been in a pool with very finite provisioning. It always reminds me of the kid's paddling pool at an aquatic centre, and has probably had equivalent water quality (and for much the same reasons!).
So I'm even more surprised that this doesn't appear to be the case this time, with Orcon for example going universal with this offering, and saying they are abandoning any user "pools" at all.
With the others all joining in on an apparently equivalent basis, what impacts are we expecting to see on service quality overall?
I'd expect that some users will go nuts, but most probably won't change their behavior very much; I imagine that is what the ISPs are budgeting for anyway. But its pretty new territory and who knows?
What do you guys expect? How long will it take to play out?