Is the Unlimited Data Plan for Real? Not Likely!

Are You Really Getting Unlimited Data Plan? Probably Not

The latest spat between FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Verizon over 2004 Aug 26_1changes in its data throttling policy are simply naive at best.  It is well known that Verizon just like most other operator around the globe, are throttling data to limit throughput.  Operators have deployed data throttling techniques for years to manage heavy users and their impact on the network or to discourage ‘over-use or hogging”.

Wheeler’s response “It is disturbing to me that Verizon Wireless would base its ‘network management’ on distinctions among its customers’ data plans, rather than on network architecture or technology,”

Again poor grasp of the issues at hand.  It is common practice across the industry (fixed and wireless) to reduce throughput speeds of customers that have reached their monthly quota, instead of disconnecting them altogether or making them ante up for more bandwidth. Newbie mistake is to confuse throughput with volume.  Throughput measure the rate or speed (download/upload) and the volume is a count of the total data used at the end of the billing period (typically a month for postpaid)

So does unlimited mean you can reach for the sky?  Only on a very clear day with everyone else grounded – maybe but not likely!

 More Here…  [CheatSheet]  

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