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June 12, 2003

Why Unlimited bandwidth is not always a good thing

 T-Mobile has a new deal on GPRS: $20.00 per month unlimited. I signed up right away, [via Brain Johnson]

I really hope that Brian is getting a better deal than he has now, but my experience with T-Mobile and other telcos is not very positive. You do indeed get unlimited bandwidth, but you are never sure when you are going to get it. Basically with the unlimited bandwidth deal the telco has lost all incentives in getting the data to you as fast as possible. If you pay for you bandwidth they have an incentive to get you to use as much bandwidth as possible which means getting the data to you quickly so you can issue your next request. With an unlimited bandwidth scheme you are being put in the lowest possible service class together with all the other unlimited bandwidth users. I feel this is one of those occasions where you get what you pay for ...

Posted by Werner Vogels at June 12, 2003 02:20 PM