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Old 31-07-2010, 17:03   #31
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Doesn't Verizon also charge you an extra $30 or so per month to use it as a hub or tether?
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On new accounts (less than a year or so old) Verizon defines unlimited as 5 GB / month - more than that incurs additional fees. Big $$
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Auspicious, that 5gb for "unlimited" use has been and is is most carrier agreements ever since the plans were offered. Often buried in the fine print or saying "not more than 5GB in any two consecutive months" or "multimedia streaming" or some other details and conditions, but almost always in there.

Even at a cheap all you can eat buffet, the management isn't going to bring out more than one shrimp bowl every 20 minutes. They're in it to win it, and just like a casino, they house knows and sets the odds in their own favor.
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Auspicious, that 5gb for "unlimited" use has been and is is most carrier agreements ever since the plans were offered. Often buried in the fine print or saying "not more than 5GB in any two consecutive months" or "multimedia streaming" or some other details and conditions, but almost always in there.
Ah no. I rarely go over 5 GB on my legacy AT&T data account or original iPhone account, but there are no additional charges when I do. There are indications of bandwidth throttling by Verizon on their legacy unlimited accounts, but no additional charges. Agreed you can't get truly unlimited accounts (at least on the personal plans) anymore, but there are still a bunch of people active with older contracts that are truly unlimited. The RV crowd has been all over this and there is even a small gray market in reselling the unlimiteds.
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we have had verizon so long that i am grandfather with unlimited access - while it times it slow we have had incredible coverage from key west to bar harbor maine except on place in the swamps of north carolina - in fact in maine last year we were the only boat that got internet as sprint, att and others had no signal - they we calling me on the vhf for the weather -- we love it - our only problem is when we go off shore - last year paid to have it turned off for a few months - this year we may be gone longer and do not want to lose the unlimited so son may get it at dad's expense

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I thought I'd read the original data plans, and IIRC they all do provide for discretionary limits, even the oldest ones. If you break the limit every month, and you do it heavily every month, i.e. streaming 10GB of multimedia, the discretion ends. If you toe the line, maybe hit 6GB every third month, 4GB every other month, they look at the averages and give you a pass.

But they still are looking, and while they'll never tell you what they are using as the basis for decisions, this is all just a line or two of programming code for them. It kicks out a victim list every month, and folks get invited to pay or go.

Just for laughs, try using 10Gb every month for six months in a row, see if they don't give you a call. <G>

In Lily Tomlin's classic words "Because we're the phone company and we don't have to give a damn."
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I follow the RV folks listservs and so have a lot of clear if second-hand information. There are a number of full-time RVers who talk about consistently exceeding 8 GB / month on old accounts.

I'll hit Netflix harder for a while and see what happens to me.
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I think you might be in error on this. When you are speaking of tethering your computer, the data use is in reference to using a "data" connection. A data connection is using the companies internet, meaning you are surfing the net thru your phone. The comment above is speaking of using AOL dial-up as the ISP, and therefore can not be considered a data connection. (This is in reference to a post at the beginning of this thread.)
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What about mediterranean

I understand that AT&T and Verizon are US based providers. I wonder what is the best source for eastern mediterranean cruising. I'm assuming a pre-paid SIM card in wifi aerial and booster will still provide connectivity close to towns/shore?
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