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1 RogueOne  Tue, Jul 5, 2011 2:34:09pm


As expected, existing customers will be grandfathered in with the $30 unlimited plan, even with future handset upgrades. Raney also confirmed that overage charges would be $10 per GB of data, regardless of plan.

That's nice but I wonder how long it will last. This reminds me, I need to go pay my bill.

2 laZardo  Wed, Jul 6, 2011 4:05:27am
I was hoping for something in the $20 range with a limit around 250MB or so, since this would be quite adequate for a lot of people.

For the record, my current connection can get 300MB in about half an hour.

Of course, I would think that "light" users these days also include YouTube viewers.

3 MichaelJ  Thu, Jul 7, 2011 5:26:33pm

re: #2 laZardo

For the record, my current connection can get 300MB in about half an hour.

Of course, I would think that "light" users these days also include YouTube viewers.

In that case, the 2GB plan wouldn't even last you for 4 hours, yet that is more than most people consume in an entire month. I don't think the issue is how much you can consume, but rather how much you actually do consume and how much you are willing to pay for it. There are a lot of people that haven't made the transition to a smartphone yet. There are a lot more people that have, but are very prudent users. Finally, there are millions of current smartphone users that seem to think 2GB is more than adequate per month. Most smartphone users prefer to consume data over WiFi and don't use the carrier connection too heavily, or so the statistics seem to say.

This article at CNET has some good usage stats, quoted below.

Which apps consume the most data?
Streaming media such as video and audio typically eat up the most data each month. According to Verizon's data calculator, if you stream music for 1 hour a day every day of the month, you'll hit the 2GB threshold. If you watch 1 hour of high-resolution video every day on your phone, you will rack up over 10GB of data per month. Even 30 minutes of high-resolution video every day will take your usage to about 5GB per month. And 2 minutes of low-resolution video every day of the month will get you to the 2GB limit pretty quickly. By contrast, watching 30 minutes a day of low-resolution video will eat up about 690MB of data per month.
Here's a little guide put together by Verizon to give you an idea of how much data certain activities eat up:
Email (text only) = 10KB
Typical Web Page Lookup* = 1.5MB
Audio Streaming = 40MB/hr
Low-Resolution Video Streaming = 200MB/hr
High-Resolution Video Streaming = 400MB/hr
Digital Photo download/upload (Hi-Res) = 1MB
* Can exceed 2 MB with graphically intense pages or with video.

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