Originally Posted by JeffDM
On the user side, cellular data isn't supposed to replace DSL.
Why not? Are there technical limitations?
Some communities around here are experimenting with free public wifi everywhere. I don't know any technical details re speed/bandwidth, but I think it is 802.11g. ISTM that it is intended to replace DSL, but maybe it is just supposed to supplement it. Isn't wifi g a lot faster than DSL?
OTOH, the cell companies have no problem piggybacking off of their customer's WIFI. All the equipment they sell to consumers will switch from the cell company's cellular data to the customer's (or anybody else's) WIFI connection whenever possible. Hell, they even provide devices that plug into the customer's wired system, using wired bandwidth, to handle cellular calls and phone/tablet data. Femtocells? Isn't that what they are called?
IMO, all this pious bullshit about data hogs is just that: bullshit. People are offered a deal, they buy it, and then get crucified by certain misguided folks in this forum when they actually want to use what they bought and paid for.
ISTM that the celco's are the bad guys here. They sell more data plans then they can handle with their existing infrastructure, they welsh on the deals they made, that long-time customers have bought and paid for, and they sell phones that steal bandwidth from wired WIFI base stations wherever and whenever possible, whether that base station is paid for by their customer or paid for by the next-door neighbor or by a restaurant of by the local government, or whoever.
And then there are the misguided fools who side with the cellcos, instead of with the customers. Stockholm syndrome? The cellcos sell data plans that they cannot possibly service. The company now in question has seen its stock rise more than 50% in 3 years, presumably due to profit growth, and pays a dividend of more than 5%. Note that they could put the dividend towards actually providing the services that they have sold, but instead, they change the deal and deny bandwidth to their customers.
I don't understand the knee-jerk allegiance to profit-making ventures, when they deny customers the deal that the customer paid for, and when they simultaneously and blatantly jigger their phones to steal WIFI bandwidth wherever and whenever it is available, paid for/provided by third parties.
Data hogs? WTF? Try "Ripoff Cell Companies".