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Verizon's EV-DO service is capped at 5GB per month

Verizon Wireless has gotten its hands caught in the cookie jar over the use of the term "unlimited" when referring to its EV-DO broadband service. Verizon advertised the unlimited service even though users could actually bump up against an artificial limit.

Verizon has been dropping customers for the past few years for excessive data usage, but the actual limits weren't until recently revealed in the terms of service (TOS). Verizon recently changed its TOS to indicate that the previously invisible download cap is actually 5GB per month.

In addition to the 5GB cap, the TOS also shows that, "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." The TOS continues, "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."

According to Verizon, its broadband service should only be used for Internet browsing, email and intranet access.

Verizon Wireless' Jeffrey Nelson had this to say about the change to the TOS, "Been reading and want to acknowledge that we added the 5GB language to the Ts and Cs of our "Unlimited FOR" Broadband Access plan several months ago. And, as some have noted here, while the Ts and Cs have remained the same, for those who don't go through the fine-print and get their impression of what the "plan" is just from advertising, we've been migrating the visuals away from a big "unlimited for" to providing more detailed information about our monthly broadband plan."

Verizon's website no longer uses the term "unlimited" to describe its EV-DO service.

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A better way to EVDO?
By NoSoftwarePatents on 4/4/2007 5:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
Go with US Sprint. No bandwidth cap AND more high speed EVDO towers. I can take my smart device into San Diego TODAY and get download speeds of more than 500 kbits and 200 kbits upload speed consistently.

Just tether your smart device to your laptop, and you've got remote computing in major metropolitan areas in a snap via the USB connection. Prices start at $15 per month on top of whatever voice plan you choose, so you could actually be super cheap and do a minimal voice plan for $30 per month and add $15 on top for $45...

No, I don't work for Sprint. I have heard Cingular is more consumer friendly than Verizon too, but I don't know anyone who has Cingular personally for data services.

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By RyanM on 4/4/2007 6:03:48 PM , Rating: 5
I'm using Cingular's $20 a month unlimited connection for non-smartphones in an unlocked Nokia e50 and tethering over bluetooth. It's not gonna win any speed awards, but I get coverage everywhere over EDGE and it does the job I need it to do.

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By h0kiez on 4/5/2007 8:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
I used to have Cingular and a 2125. I liked it, but found out that I could get Sprint with EVDO for $30 a month (including voice). I got a PPC6700 for <$50 after rebates and my total bill is now about $34 a month (after taxes and fees) for 500 min, unlimited n&w, unlimited Sprint to Sprint, and unlimited EDVO. The service is amazing and I couldn't be happier. I'd highly recommend Sprint over others if the voice service is decent where you live. Search Sprint SERO if you are interested...

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By h0kiez on 4/5/2007 8:48:23 AM , Rating: 2
And following up on my previous comment, EV-Do with Sprint or Verizon is WAY faster than anything Cingular currently offers.

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By deeznuts on 4/5/2007 1:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in san diego, and I compared Cingular Edge to Verizon (had both cards at once) Cingular was much faster, and while driving around town dropped the signal less. My friend ended up keeping the Cingular card and giving away the verizon one to his brother. The test was we were streaming Slingbox to a laptop while running errands.

Anectdotal but that was our experience.

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By darkpaw on 4/5/2007 4:19:59 PM , Rating: 2

I think I know where I'm going next. I've just been doing comparison shopping for my next service and this has exactly what I want.

RE: A better way to EVDO?
By bplewis24 on 4/4/2007 6:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
I also have Sprint. And I coordinate all of the evdo wireless cards in my office on our business account. It truely is unlimited, and I have the revision-A Evdo card and I routinely get up to 1.2mbps down except when I was in my old apartment.

I can't comment as to Cingular's performance or customer service but, as of yet, I haven't had a problem with Sprint. I do not have a cell plan with them, however. Just a wireless card for my work laptop.


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