This Sunday you’ll be able to sign up for Verizon’s 4G LTE service at company stores and on their website. Promises of speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps while on the move sounds really enticing, but keep in mind that only five and ten GB packages are being offered, and if you go over those numbers you’re looking at an extra $10 per GB.
Most people are thinking, “No worries, I won’t use that much,” but we would caution you to be careful.
PC Mag was getting speeds as 21 Mbps in its tests, which were admittedly done on a sparsely populated network, but at those speeds you could plow through an allotment of five GBs a month in 32 minutes. Of course that’s if you decided to just slam the living heck out of your account, which most people won’t.
What’s troubling to me is that Verizon is promoting this service as something you should slam the living heck out of. If you look at the promotional video they have out, all you hear them talking about is streaming training videos to employees in high definition, uploading high definition videos to the Internet and on and on and on with activities that would quickly gobble up your data cap.
Lets face it, there are going to be overages. Despite that fact Verizon has set up warnings at various landmarks along your usage each month, in those first few months people are going to be blowing through them so fast they probably won’t even notice. The idea of having speeds around what you get at home while sitting in a park? Heck yes you want that. And you’re going to want to show it off to friends.
I feel like a parent that always tells a kid, “Now, remember, such-and-such isn’t a toy,” and I hate to be the party pooper that says LTE isn’t a toy, but … okay, yes it is, just remember to use it responsibly. No one likes paying overage fees.
What say you? Did Verizon set the data caps too low?