Is Limited Unlimited Service False Advertising?

from the define-unlimited dept

Just last month, we wrote about people getting kicked off Verizon Wireless' high speed EVDO network for using the "unlimited" network too much -- raising the question of how you could use too much of something that was being advertised as unlimited? Glenn Fleishmann, as per usual, has done a nice job looking into the limited unlimited plans offered by the big three mobile operators -- though, Sprint's terms and services are apparently not readily available. Still, the big issue isn't really being discussed: isn't having your marketing team proudly selling "unlimited" service, while your lawyers limit it very much in the extremely fine print, a clear-cut case of false advertising? The operators and their supporters say they need to limit use to protect the network. That may be absolutely true -- but, if that's the case, then they shouldn't advertise it as unlimited. If they can't actually deliver unlimited service, they shouldn't be selling it.

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    ethana2, 13 May 2007 @ 3:12pm

    ethana2@gmail.com

    I know this thread is nearly dead, but let's do something about this. email me if you want to help. Once we get enough people together, we can contact the eff and start a nonprofit ISP that can't be competed with by anything but lack of knowledge. Like Ubuntu Linux vs Windows. Maybe even create an open ISP project to start many of them across the world with the same general properties.

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