Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Verizon misleading consumers

I can't believe that a company like Verizon can get away with this, but they are apparently limiting their "unlimited" data plans to 5GB of data transfers per month. If you exceed this amount of data in one month, they will shut off your service. While this seems like a blatant case of false advertising, it turns out that Verizon is really trying to shut out certain types of applications running on their handsets. Specifically, they do not want people running a video service (like Sling, Orb, etc.) that is competitive with their own vCast service.

What's really sad about this action by Verizon is that this kind of behavior from major operators will limit the amount of innovation that companies can and will provide to consumers. It sets a really bad precedent and confuses consumers who read the marketing material, but not the full legalese until it's too late. Shame on you Verizon.

After this, who is going to believe an announcement about unlimited texting? "Oh, you mean text messaging to other people? That will cost you more."

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