For our American friends it seems like happy days are here again. Today AT&T will join Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in offering its customers an unlimited data plan. And it gets better: both Sprint and T-Mobile announced this week that they'll be eliminating restrictions on HD video streaming.
According to DSL Reports, customers on the T-Mobile ONE Plan will have to enable HD streaming with a one-time opt-in via the T-Mobile app. As of today, that option should be available at no additional cost to the user.
As for Sprint, that carrier previously throttled all streaming music, video and game traffic; for unthrottled services customers had to pay an additional fee. With their new unlimited data plan that's no longer the case.
There may be some soft data caps with these new plans. Verizon, for example, reserves the right to throttle data after 22 GB "during periods of network congestion". And tethering may be subject to data caps as well. But let's keep things in perspective here. In a neighbouring country where a smartphone user can easily be charged upwards of $100/month for only a few gigabytes of data, we Canadians can only look on in envy.
The market in the states is huge compared to Canada that is vastly spread out with low levels of population density. Just the state of California alone trumps all of Canada. The markets are very different with customer bases and actual customers in an area. It's way cheaper for Cell companies to upgrade, maintain and offer (unlimited data) as competition. they are fighting in a huge markets to gain a share of customers.
Canada the networks are spread out to serve a lower number of customers and have a much higher cost to service those areas.
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I can't speak to Bell or Rogers but Telus does not throttle. That is part of the premium prices you pay. You will get the same speeds and coverage for your entire data cycle no matter how much you use. Telus does have a fair usage policy and if you abusive it than you will be threatened with being disconnected off the network. However they do offer up to 60gb packages now so that no longer seems to be an issue. It's the smaller companies like freedom, fido etc that throttle because their networks cannot handle the over usage of high data users. Telus's network can.
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T-Mobile will potentially throttle you during network congestion after 50+ Gigabytes of data being used within a 30 day period.
In Canada, I would say it is less about population density and more about a lack of competition combined with corporate greed. The ridiculous minimum wages up here don't help, but even paying a higher cost for unlimited would be welcome. However, it is that lack of competition and corporate greed that will keep Canada's wireless industry far away from ever being fair to its customers.
How is it wind can offer 13 gb for $50 or 23 gb for $90.
It hasnt been 14 days i am tempted to take my note 9 back as it doesnt have dual sim to avoid what i view to be avaolutely rapacious data fees. When i entered the contract i hadnt realized just how greedy telus is. Ridiculous. Cqnadians should be kicking this company to the curb instead of just letting them have their way with people's wallets like this.
Easy enough, their Home coverage is VERY limited (I often refer to it as “As big as my pantry”). Therefore, their network maintenance costs (among other things) are considerably lower.
This is like saying: Why would I buy a $90,000 Porsche when GM offer cars for $9,995?
They’re both cars, in the end. And do the same things!