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Comment by redshift
by redshift on Fri 17th Aug 2012 20:49 UTC
redshift
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2006-05-06

I never understood why text messages should have a separate charge on a phone that has a dataplan. It is just a money grab to push a few bytes to a phone.

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RE: Comment by redshift
by bouhko on Fri 17th Aug 2012 21:10 in reply to "Comment by redshift"
bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

This is slowly changing. The major cellphone provider in Switzerland (Swisscom) just changed their plans and now almost all data plans (even the relatively cheap ones) have unlimited SMS and calls. (The difference between the plans is the upload/download speed)

Edited 2012-08-17 21:11 UTC

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RE: Comment by redshift
by fretinator on Fri 17th Aug 2012 21:31 in reply to "Comment by redshift"
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2005-07-06

Well, if you notice, the new "Everything Shared" plans all have unlimited calls and text - only the paltry few Gigs of data is limited. They realize people are switching off of voice. They have to tap the data as a resource stream now. I've been using mobile data since about 2000. At first it was unlimited for $5/month. then $10, then $15, Now unless you have Sprint or one of the prepaids, it is a crazy price. I think I pay $30 for 3GB. Therefore, I don't stream videos, mostly just email and games. It is funny that at the same time they are pushing LTE for amazing Hi-Def video, they have data-limited plans that efectively keep you from watching anything but an occasional Youtube dancing kitty.

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RE[2]: Comment by redshift
by Alfman on Sat 18th Aug 2012 04:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by redshift"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

fretinator,

No kidding, I always think to myself that I'd LIKE to have a data plan especially while I'm away or on the road...but then I see the price. Just a few weeks ago I was at a tmobile store and asked about data-only rates for laptops, and I think it was $60/mo for 5GB plus something ridiculous for overage. I honestly don't know how much bandwidth I'd need/use, but I can't afford an additional $700+ / year for mobile internet, especially since I'm at home most of the time. I'd always be worried about going over with streaming video.

It'd probably be cheaper to use a cell phone and attempt to tether it against the terms of use agreement - has anyone here tried this?

Several years ago I contemplated using the free intra-network mobile voice calling and modulating data across a bluetooth link to the phone. I kind of had a proof of concept working using ham radio soft-modems which could communicate via sound cards (including the bluetooth sound driver emulation). But I figured it wouldn't be worth the effort to make it production-ready because it's likely I'd just be blocked for service abuse.

Edited 2012-08-18 04:29 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by redshift
by zima on Mon 20th Aug 2012 03:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by redshift"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It is funny that at the same time they are pushing LTE for amazing Hi-Def video, they have data-limited plans that efectively keep you from watching anything but an occasional Youtube dancing kitty.

LTE in such context is probably more about spectral efficiency - stuffing more people into & getting more overall bandwidth out of the available spectrum, with "adequate" performance per terminal (this will be probably even more a focus for "5G" in a decade or so; at some point, speeds become good enough).

Edited 2012-08-20 03:28 UTC

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