Source: The New York Times
quote: A mobile advisory company recently found that the top 1 percent of heavy users are bandwidth hogs, accounting for half of the world's mobile traffic.
quote: I don't mind data caps my self, if they are reasonable, but 2GB/month with a subscription rate at around $25-$30 is absurd. That being around the price for bandwidth for most of the wireless service providers in the US. Caps should start with a 5GB minimum cap and tethering should be free.
quote: I bet it wouldn't be so enormous if you had an hour of train commuting each day in which you killed time by watching Netflix or listening to Spotify, which these companies love to use all the different streaming media options as selling points for their fancy phones. It also wouldn't be so enormous if you had a cell card as a primary connection for your laptop.
quote: if you had an hour of train commuting each day
quote: ...the highest cost users are in low population density areas. Just providing coverage is a big expense with little revenue from the few users actually using it.
quote: I use upwards of 2GBs of bandwidth a month. I doubt I am robbing many others of that bandwidth since many do not use data in this area (and those that do are stuck in Sprint's crappy 1X or AT&T's Edge), but I am forced to use so much bandwidth because I have NO other internet choices outside of stupid expensive satellite connections (yeah, you think that data plans are outrageous, go look at DirecWAY or WildBlue's plans).
quote: Also, in 2009, the top ---> three users <--- consumed 40 percent of wireless bandwidth. Now Arieso reports that this number has jumped to 70 percent.
quote: After following these customers over a 24-hour time period
quote: Ericsson's survey found that 40 percent of smartphone users would access mobile broadband connections before even getting out of bed last year
quote: It's the right of the one percent to take as much bandwidth as they can handle.
quote: After following these customers over a 24-hour time period, Arieso found that 1 percent of consumers generated half of all traffic while the top 10 percent generated about 90 percent of wireless bandwidth traffic. Sixty-four percent of heavy users accessed wireless bandwidth via laptop, 33 percent via smartphone and only 3 percent via an iPad.
quote: Also, in 2009, the top three users consumed 40 percent of wireless bandwidth