Originally Posted by tenly
If you choose to interpret the phrase “unlimited data” as literally as you appear to - you should have been up in arms when the contracts were first introduced since the plans have been “effectively" limited from day 1...
Yep, I was. That’s why if T-Mobile isn’t lying and actually doesn’t throttle (or cap) its “unlimited” plans... well, I won’t switch to them because their coverage is garbage, but at least that’s pressure on the other three morons to stop lying.
...due to the maximum speed of the network.
No, that’s not a problem. “Unlimited” does not mean “instantaneous”.
Also - if you want to be so literal, manipulating the speed does not break their promise of unlimited data. They are not limiting the amount of data they will allow you to use. They are limiting the speed with which you can access it.
Which is explicitly a limit on the quality of service for which you are paying.
...by using the same definition of “unlimited” that has been “accepted" since the contracts first came out!
I’m very glad you put accepted in quotation marks.
The really ridiculous part of your stance on this particular issue is that support those that feel entitled to all of the speed advances that the newer technology makes possible...
Um... no. If you have a 3G device, you are not entitled to a free 4G device. But if you buy a new 4G device on the same contract, you’re certainly entitled to whatever speed the network is 1. advertised to be 2. exists to be. Again, the carriers agree.
...but when that technology becomes so popular that parts of the network become saturated, the only viable solution is to temporarily reduce the speeds a little bit to make sure that there is enough availability for everyone.
Which, again, is not the same argument in regard to “unlimited” on a contract. There’s...
Throttling anyone after a set amount of data because they are lying about “unlimited” data
Throttling high-use subscribers because they happen to use the most, regardless of what that amount is, and
Throttling everyone in a certain area when it is being used to capacity.
The latter is the only acceptable use.
Building out additional capacity is an awesome idea - but I think you're smart enough to know that it can't happen overnight and in some cases/areas it may be limited by spectrum.
Of course. My real complaint is with people who refuse to accept it as a viable solution to the problem.