reply to rebus9
Re: hell ye
said by rebus9:I already said that I like what Verizon did with their 3G network, which is effectively what you're advocating for. Did you not read my post in its entirety?
1) If only a tiny minority of users are bandwidth busters, then you don't need caps. Make it a soft threshold, and throttle-back those who exceed it. A few abusive users, throttled back, do not strain a properly engineered network.
said by rebus9:I don't think you understand the difference between averages and medians. The last study that I saw had the average data usage somewhere around 700MB, with the median around 400MB. It's only the 95% percentile of users that exceed 2GB, most never even come close. I manage more than 30 smartphone lines at work, and while that's not a large enough sample to be scientific, I can tell you that only ONE of my users regularly exceeds 1GB.
2) You don't think that it's a coincidence they put a 2 GB cap, do you? It's the magic line in the sand that "most" users "usually" don't go over. But... they WANT the cap to be near your typical usage, because it's easy for a user to occasionally slip above that limit once in a while. And when that happens, their overage rates are extremely profitable per-byte.
There's no conspiracy here with the 2GB cap. They picked it so it would only impact an extremely small minority of users. Even with the cap, Verizon at least still allows you to backdate plan changes. You'll never pay the $15/GB overage fee unless you fail to monitor your usage.