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  (Source: SkeptiSys)
Datapocalypse may be almost upon us

AT&T raised a ruckus early last month when it announced tiered, capped data plans, doing away with "unlimited" data for its smart phone users.  Now Verizon is rumored to soon to be following in suit.

Verizon already offers tiered capped data plans for its 3G PC wireless internet cards ($39.99, 250 MB a month; $59.99, 5 GB a month).  However, its smart phone users currently enjoy a single "unlimited" data allowances capped at a relatively high 5 GB.

Reuters began the rumors early last month when it cited analysts as saying that Verizon was likely to ditch the unlimited option and switch to a tiered pricing scheme.  Now Engadget is claiming that this prediction was correct and that its sources say that a tiered pricing scheme will likely land by July 29.

The report says that the pricing scheme will likely be around that offered by AT&T ($25 for 2GB, $15 for 200MB).  That would mean that Verizon users would ultimately be paying more per MB than they are currently.

Verizon has already suggested that it may adopt a tiered scheme at some point.

All indications are that T-Mobile and Sprint, though, have no intentions of following Verizon and AT&T into the world of capped connections.  Sprint is instead opting to charge users a small premium ($10) on its 4G connections -- T-Mobile may adopt that alternative approach as well.

Will customers embrace AT&T and Verizon's tiered, capped data plans?  Or will they rebel and jump to Sprint and Verizon and agree to pay a nominal fee if they want their data to be transferred at faster rates?  Only time will tell, but it should be interesting to watch for whether Verizon officially airs a tiered smart phone data scheme.


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RE: If they do.....
By Exodite on 7/21/2010 11:47:07 AM , Rating: 2
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Since the "air" is a shared medium if lots of people start downloading porn at the same time, users that only want to make a VOIP call or require low bandwidth but low latency and jitt are in big trouble.

While true the introduction of monthly data caps will in no way prevent that from happening, a better solution would be to offer Wifi in traditionally congested locations.

Which goes back to my original point, data caps doesn't really make sense as it won't address any of the fundamental issues brought on by insufficient bandwidth.
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This would be achievable by a multi-tiered Leaky bucket system, for example.

You'd introduce a higher overhead, draining both battery life and bandwidth, and introduce significantly higher latencies just to combat unfair allocation of resources to UDP traffic under high-congestion scenarios though.

It seems counterproductive to me.


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