reply to RARPSL
Re: You know, this should happen more often
said by RARPSL:Yeah that's why I say just give everyone the same speed starting with 100Mbps (since anything faster for the most part isn't probable within the next few years for actual use, and as long as upload is 5 - 10Mbps that's not horrible) and sell them data tiers. It's essentially what they've done already, only they are trying to lure people in with speed, and not advertise the cap + overages. Think I'm lying? Here's a screenshot of me trying to sign up for U-verse now... Went all the way to where I am supposed to put in a credit card and NO MENTION of the 250GB whatsoever, if it was hidden, I couldn't find it... What total garbage, I wonder how many people sign up not realizing that they have this limitation?? said by mmay149q:
That's the problem with usage based tiers when you mix it with speed. If they are going to do that then the faster speeds need higher data caps, otherwise people are paying more per GB to get the same usage as someone who is paying way less, assuming both parties are not exceeding the cap and paying for overages. I think speed shouldn't really be marketed anymore if they are doing caps/overages, instead each "speed tier" should be marketed with a data cap accordingly... So for instance (example, not reality) 3Mbps = 250GB cap, 10Mbps = 350GB cap, 20Mbps = 500GB cap, 50Mbps = 750GB cap, and 100Mbps = 1TB cap (you could also erase the 3Mbps tier, and make the 100Mbps tier 750GB, this is just an example for providers who still offer 3Mbps)
In my opinion if they want to have a cap which when exceeded triggers extra fees, it should be based totally on full bore download time. IOW: If I get a 250GB cap at 3Mbs, a 12Mbs tier (4 times the provisioned speed) should have a 1TB cap (4 times the cap) so both give you the same full bore download time (IOW: With both caps, I can download for the same amount of time before getting hit with an overage). The faster a tier I buy, the more usage I should be permitted. The current system gives me less accessibility since the caps are too low in comparison to the speeds I am getting and thus I run into the cap sooner based on usage time.
Edit: The other reason I'm so opposed to caps is because I'm fearful of where the hacking community may go with it, just imagine a virus where once downloaded it automatically runs a speed test, gets your max connection speed over a period of 5 - 20 minutes (and does this when it detects your computer not being used) and dedicates 5Mbps of your 20Mbps tier to strictly downloading constantly while your computer is on. In theory that's 1.3TB a month worth of data assuming you never turn your PC or internet connection off... Oh, and this virus monitors your login attempts of any website it recognizes as a email provider, as well as Outlook or any other mail client, and automatically deletes ANYTHING from your provider... Imagine that bill when you get it if you don't watch your usage?
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