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Old 01-13-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Virgin Mobile Ends Unlimited Data

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/13/v...throttled-5gb/
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would rather be throttled then charged in any circumstance at least they arent cutting it off completely.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:51 PM   #3
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Well, it was inevitable. $40/month for no-contract unlimited mobile broadband was too good to be true.

It's still pretty difficult to hit 5GB in month with such slow connection speeds though. I had a VM Broadband2Go for a few months and found that when streaming videos and music I had to choose the low-quality setting to make it usable. I consider myself a heavy user but never managed to use more than 7-8GB in a month anyway because of the bandwidth-saving measures I had to impose.

I'm just waiting for no-contract 4G mobile broadband service... ;-)
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:02 PM   #4
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The all-you-can-consume data plans headed for print in the history books.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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I understand why they had to limit it. Probably too many people running torrents and such and just leaving the computers on 24/7.

That causes problems for other users. There is only so much water that can pass through the pipe.

The problems I have are that:
1) I have sold it to people as $40 Unlimited 3G. Now it won't be. Sure they don't have a contract, but they did have to pay for a device.
2) I have inventory that I bought expecting to sell $40 unlimited 3G. Now I can not honestly offer that. And after the 15th, the price will be different making it harder to sell the inventory I have.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:32 PM   #6
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I understand why they had to limit it. Probably too many people running torrents and such and just leaving the computers on 24/7.

That causes problems for other users. There is only so much water that can pass through the pipe.

The problems I have are that:
1) I have sold it to people as $40 Unlimited 3G. Now it won't be. Sure they don't have a contract, but they did have to pay for a device.
2) I have inventory that I bought expecting to sell $40 unlimited 3G. Now I can not honestly offer that. And after the 15th, the price will be different making it harder to sell the inventory I have.
Sadly, that is the risk you take when operating any business. The data is still "unlimited" they will just slow it more when you exceed a 5GB limit.

As long as you can still access the data service for no additional fee, VM never promised you their "top" speed all the time. Sprint has been giving VM users a slower connection to begin with, so you can't really "hurt" a contracted data customer.

Having said that, I hope the changes dont hurt your sales too much. I dont think you can get "unlimited" from cricket, and most every other prepaid data plan has a cap imposed on it also.
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yikes

Guess everyone was using too much of it..
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I dont think you can get "unlimited" from cricket, and most every other prepaid data plan has a cap imposed on it also.
I think MetroPCS is still unlimited data for $40 prepaid.
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I think MetroPCS is still unlimited data for $40 prepaid.
[citation needed]

AFAIK, Clear is the only wireless service that doesn't stick their customers with the monthly cap.
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AFAIK, Clear is the only wireless service that doesn't stick their customers with the monthly cap.
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Option one, unlimited usage but get throttled for using too much. Option two, have a small data cap and get fast speeds.
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well to be perfectly honest, i was thinking of shrinking my bill a bit and switching to VM but there goes any idea of that after reading this. i just assumed they would be unlimited because of Sprint owning them...
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well to be perfectly honest, i was thinking of shrinking my bill a bit and switching to VM but there goes any idea of that after reading this. i just assumed they would be unlimited because of Sprint owning them...
To be perfectly honest, Sprint does not own them, as they are an MVNO...they set their own prices, which is how they undercut Boost Mobile (which is owned by Sprint) so significantly. <---Link lists all MVNOs worldwide, BTW...

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An MVNO's roles and relationship to the mobile phone operator vary by market. In general an MVNO is an entity or company that works independently of the operator and can set its own tariff structures. Usually, it does not own any GSM, CDMA or other wireless infrastructure, such as Mobile Switching Center (MSC) or a radio access network. Some may own their own Home Location Register (HLR), which allows more flexibility since multiple host networks could be used, and the MVNO appears as a roaming partner.
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