You Could Use Up Your Verizon LTE Data Allowance In Just Half an Hour

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Verizon's LTE is coming, and it's fast! Fast enough to burn through your entire 5GB monthly data quota in 32 minutes, according to PC Mag. How much were those overage charges, again?

Of course, you'd really have to make a concerted effort to chew up that much data in that little time—but it's easier than you might think, especially at the 21Mbps speeds PC Mag saw. Generally, though, on Verizon's plan you can watch about 7 hours of Netflix in standard def, say. Or two hours of BitTorrent downloads. After that: poof. Your monthly allowance is gone. $10 per GB thereafter, please.


The low caps make LTE a conundrum for heavy users. You've finally got the speeds to conquer the internet (or at least watch a lot of goofy videos) but a potentially severe financial penalty for actually doing so. It's early days, though, and Verizon's indicated that data plans may well evolve along with networks. We'll never get back to the days of the all-you-can-download buffet. But hopefully we'll be able to use our shiny new toys one day without paying through the nose. [PC Mag]

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Why the hell don't they just go with a utility model? Extremely low cost per MB, for example. You don't pay if you don't use it, but you're not looking at outrageous costs for going over your allowance.

What they're doing now is sucker consumers into paying for speed but then screwing them over because they can't use that speed anywhere near fullest potential.

ISPs all started offering unlimited plans back when there was little chance of anyone taxing their network. They basically followed the model of pay TV. But TV is transmitting the same amount of data constantly, whether or not it's consumed. Internet is more like electric or gas usage.

However, the prevailing model put the consumer in a situation where they were overpaying. At least until streaming media, torrents and whatnot came along. Now the tables have turned and ISPs are scrambling to find ways to put us back in a situation where we're getting screwed.