Limited, Unlimited -- Who Wants To Split Hairs?
from the misinformed-or-misleading dept
IDG chimes in (a few weeks after countless other publications) with the familiar story of US mobile operators restrictive terms of service on their 3G data services -- the ones they advertise as unlimited that are anything but. There's nothing particularly new in this article, but comments attributed to a Verizon Wireless exec back in April could raise some eyebrows. The carrier's CTO, Dick Lynch, says that while its ToS forbid users from doing plenty of things with the connection, it's letting people -- for now -- violate them and use services like the Slingbox. Remember that Verizon not only balked at the idea of customers using the Slingbox without its permission, but had been kicking users off its network for months before Lynch's comments for using their "unlimited" connections too much. While Lynch may deserve the benefit of the doubt that his comments have been misconstrued or wrongly paraphrased, even if so they highlight the rampant doublespeak of the telcos on this issue, as well as proving the fallacy of the oft-repeated point that these relatively high-speed wireless networks provide real competition for wired broadband networks.