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joset01 1/5/2013 | 2:03:33 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

Kind of. Remember that T-Mobile did actually go back to unlimited this year.

Pete Baldwin 1/5/2013 | 2:03:33 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

So, it looks like the service providers really love their data caps. Guess we can't look for caps to go away any time soon.

DCITDave 1/5/2013 | 2:03:32 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

Which major carriers offer an unlimited data option (and actually mean it)?

joset01 1/5/2013 | 2:03:31 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

In the U.S., its Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS and the various Sprint MVNO offshoots (Virgin Mobile etc.)

joset01 1/5/2013 | 2:03:31 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

I know from talking to Sprint executives last year that they were worried about tablets congesting coverage at a specific cellsite because just a couple of users could pull down A LOT of video over the air. You'll notice that tablets and laptops aren't covered by Sprint's unlimited plan.


 


 

DCITDave 1/5/2013 | 2:03:31 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

Yes, i noticed that. I think the inherent limitation of what you can do on smartphones sort of sets an automatic data cap, especially if you're not tethering to a larger device. Does that sound reasonable or am I assuming that small screen size = not as much data as most people think?

DCITDave 1/5/2013 | 2:03:31 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

I don't know if I buy the argument that data caps help provide a better quality of experience for all on the network. Especially on LTE networks, they're hardly crowded at the moment -- even after the iPhone 5. Why risk discouraging usage when folks are just getting used to LTE speeds?

DCITDave 1/5/2013 | 2:03:21 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

It does indeed. I was surprised at the size and clarity of those screens when I played with them at the AT&T store the other day. Before that I had only seen the Galaxy Note by itself. It definitely makes a difference when you can see how it compares to the Lumia and other similar phones.

joset01 1/5/2013 | 2:03:21 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

True for now, but devices like the Galaxy Note II will start to blur that boundary between tablet and smartphone.

joset01 1/5/2013 | 2:03:20 AM
re: Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

Yeah, and in a simplistic fashion, a bigger screen means more data down. Of course, carriers can get clever with compression, in fact they will need to, I suspect, in 2013 and beyond.

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