Did you ever fall into the trap that you signed up for an unlimited service only to find out at a later time that the unlimited service did not really mean unlimited at all?
I fell into that trap with my first website which i hosted at a provider who promised an unlimited web hosting plan. No extra money for transfers over a certain amount of gigabytes, no worries about cpu and sql usage, everything was advertised as being unlimited.
I started to host a couple of files on the server and also ran resource demanding scripts on it, and it did not take long until I was told that I had to upgrade the hosting account to a dedicated server costing ten times what I paid, or look for hosting elsewhere.
I terminated the account and switched hosting to a provider who did not offer unlimited hosting. What I promised myself back then was to always read the fine print, terms of service and other legal documents before signing up. And if I could not find the information I was seeking, I either contacted the company in question, or looked elsewhere instead.
Today I read about Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan which has a download limit of 5 Gigabytes and restrictions in place that forbid many internet activities such as downloading and streaming movies, p2p or web camera posts. So, the biggest question I'm asking myself now is what exactly is unlimited in the unlimited data plan from Verizon? It is obviously not the data, so what is it? What justifies the name?
I was not able to find an explanation for the term unlimited in Verizon's data plan. It is pretty obvious that there is an inflation with terms like unlimited and flatrate. Many companies use it to lure customers who think that they get the real meaning of the word and not just a way of making more money by fooling the customers.
Back to Verizon, I really like the following sentence in their terms of service agreement:
Anyone using more than 5 GB per line in a given month is presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited above, and we reserve the right to immediately terminate the service of any such person without notice
So, all rights to the company, none to the customer. Would you really sign up for a contract or prefer to pick a different mobile provider instead?
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