Originally Posted by Shadowtech
Apparently reading skills are not something required to sell phones.
I said 10-17 hours IF ALL you do is watch video, that's not including downloading ANYTHING else. So figure you watch something during lunch, that will get you about 20 work days (10 if you have an hour break) with the minimum of 10 hours of video, but ya can't download anything on the weekends. Got an hour long commute and you wanna kill time? That drastically cuts that number down even more.
I'm guessing you also completely missed the fact that a lot of newer phones have video out, so you're not limited to watching on that little 4" screen if you don't want to. As I stated, there are devices out now that you can plug your phone into and watch on a fairly large projected display pretty much anywhere you want to.
Try to spin it all you want, the reason this policy is in place is NOT to stop people from "slowing down your data". It is in place so the wireless companies can milk as much cash as they can for no good reason. It's funny that you don't see the same argument towards people on unlimited voice plans that they should stop talking 50+ hours a month cause it screws up everyone else's calls. The voice frequencies and bandwidth are just as limited as data after all. But no, data is the new desirable commodity, so they have to act like it's scarce. Pretend it's in short supply to charge a premium. Wired ISPs pull this stunt all the time, with huge backlash every time.
But at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter how much anyone complains. These companies are so big they can pretty much do whatever they want and there's nothing you can do about it. Cell prices in this country are insane compared to other parts of the world, with crappier service overall to boot. And they can get away with this because all they gotta do is dump some cash the government's way and continue to overcharge the population. They know cellphones are basically a necessity at this point, and we'll pay whatever we have to to keep them.
Thats quite a manifesto there, did you remember your tinfoil hat too? lol.
Listen man, if I missed a word or two in your diatrabe, I apologize. No matter which way you slice it, 10-17 hours of video is a lot of time to be watching video on your phone right? Yes. Of course I realize that a few of the newer phones have HDMI out. Seeing as how I've worked in other sectors of retail (big box retailer for 8+ years) I would find it pretty strange that you have a television with HDMI, meaning its a Hi-def tv set, with no other video source hooked up to it. Not to mention, no active internet connection. I'm really not trying to start an argument or pissing match at all, but lets be real. I'm not towing the company line by saying the things I said. I spoke and still speak, the truth.
Its not some huge conspiracy against you, or me, the end user, to throttle data. How long have you had a smartphone? I've had one for a while now, over a year, and I've noticed a huge slow down in data speeds. Why is that? Because there is a lot more congestion on the system, even in my sparsly populated area. Over the summer google released a statement saying there were something like 500,000 android devices activated daily. While not every single one of them is on verizon, a good portion are. The more people using it, the more it slows down. If there is someone who is using way more bandwidth than someone else (we will use you and me as an example here). You use 6gb's of data per month. I use around 1. You are using more bandwidth than me right? Should I have to have a slower connection because you decide to use more data? No. I pay the same amount as you right? Yes, I do.
Its not a conspiracy, believe me. Network Congestion is a very real thing. VZW has been making a big push to get consumers to switch to a smartphone, and it has worked. My store consistantly sells about 75% smartphones. Thats a huge percentage and thinking for a second that network congestion doesn't happen is just complete stupidity to be brutally honest. There will also be a push soon to get people to get 4g phones to offer relief to the 3g network. Mark my words, you will see a special promo for early upgrades or whatever soon, to get a 4g device.
As far as all the money that is being made, yes, you are right, they are making money. Thats the point of any business is it not? Pizza hut is in business to make money, as is McDonalds right? Why is it different for vzw? Its not. Now also consider the fact that vzw is in the process of a HUGE network rollout. Yeah, that whole LTE thing, I'm sure you have heard of it. 200 million people will be covered by the LTE network by the end of the year. It has been rapidly expanding and will continue to do so until the entire 3g network is covered. Its definitely not free to rollout a brand new network is it? I think its pretty obvious that verizon is putting money into the network isn't it? Its not like AT&T and Sprint who are turning a profit but not doing much with it. ATT is trying to say they need tmobile for LTE, even though they have the most unused spectrum out of any national carrier, including verizon. Sprint is, well, sprint, and is trying to remain the low cost alternative to the other guys. But you get what you pay for. It costs more money to drive a cadillac than it does a kia right? VZW is the caddilac as far as coverage and reliability, and now with 4g, speed. ATT is a kia, and sprint is a used ford pinto. There is a market for each, no doubt. But please don't think for a second its all a big conspiracy against you because you use 6gb's a month.