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“Unlimited” is more of a catchphrase that’s combined with particular service plans for Cingular, Sprint, and Verizon: In this story I filed for Mobile Pipeline, I examine the terms and conditions of 3G (EVDO and UMTS/HSDPA) for the three U.S. carriers now providing high-speed cellular data. (T-Mobile offers just GPRS with EDGE to come, and seems to have few restrictions.)
The three carriers vary from hiding terms to making them crystal clear, but all three want usage relatively limited in their unlimited plans. You can browse the Web, read email, and use intranet services on Cingular and Verizon, while Sprint has looser terms. All three don’t want fill-the-pipes activity going on for whatever reason, and Verizon explicitly prohibits VoIP.
Posted by Glennf at November 30, 2005 1:45 PM
Interesting comparison. I am especially curious about the "host" and "server" restrictions cited. Does this mean that EV-DO can conceivabley be off limits for typical field access to business applications residing on a public or private corporation's internal network? Examples being mobile applications for customer serviec, work management, CRM, VL, etc??
[Editor's note: Intranet applications are allowed; see article.--gf]
Posted by: rlackman at December 6, 2005 1:02 PM