You Can Use Up Your Entire Monthly Verizon Wireless LTE Data Allotment In Just 32 Minutes

from the broadband-caps dept

We always find it amusing when people point to various wireless data networks as real "competition" to wired broadband offerings, in part because the various 3G offerings out there all have ridiculously low data caps -- usually 5 gigs per month -- that a large percentage of users are likely to bump up against if they used the connection as their primary connection. The one exception -- for now -- is Sprint's WiMax offering which has no cap, but may eventually. The issue, of course, is capacity. These networks simply weren't built to handle the type of capacity that people would use it for if they could. But as the data speeds get faster, it leads to ridiculous situations like the realization that with Verizon Wireless' new LTE offering, you can use up the monthly allotment of 5 gigs in just 32 minutes (of course, that's assuming you've got 5 gigs to download, and you're getting pretty damn good speeds on that network). I'm somewhat surprised that Verizon Wireless isn't following Sprint in dumping the cap for the next generation network. Maybe, instead of just focusing on more speed for press releases, they should focus on building capacity so that people could actually use these next generation networks.
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Filed Under: broadband caps, lte, wireless
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    Derek Kerton (profile), 4 Dec 2010 @ 10:08pm

    For Once Can We Just Give Mild Kudos?

    Mike, you gotta look on the bright side, just once in a while. Most of what the telcos do is try to find ways to gouge the customer without repercussion...however, you have to be extremely negative-minded to conclude that a 10x improvement in data speeds is a bad thing.

    You have often chastised the telcos for not investing in their networks. Well, for Verizon LTE, they have invested. Significantly, and $ Billions.

    You often lament that the networks are too slow. Well, now it's going to be much faster.

    If the speed limit is 65mph, and you drive a Nissan Maxima, which can get to 65 in 8 seconds, and Verizon sold you a Porsche (for less money) that gets to 65 in 3.4 seconds, would you then complain that you only get to enjoy half as much acceleration time?

    You know, I can burn through all the gas in my car in a four hour drive to Tahoe...but I can also drive over a week with it if I cover fewer miles. Should I complain to Shell Oil that I can burn the gas in just four hours if I try? Nope. Consume more of your allotment, run out sooner. No surprise there.

    Bottom line is, faster is better. There are multiple metrics with which you can measure broadband quality: speed, latency, capacity, etc. If I tell you I'm going to hold all but speed and price equal, and give you a 10x increase in speed, but for $10/mo less, is that the right time to complain?

    For once, lets just whimper out a modest "hooray". We can complain about the separate topic of the 5GB cap next week.

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