waldojim, on 01 March 2011 - 02:37 PM, said:
edit: Also, I have been using between 10 and 15GB per month, and never had an issue. This is from using a rooted Android phone with wifi tethering.
That is because (I believe) that Verizon, like Sprint, is still currently using all unlimited plans. Verizon has announced that they will be going to "tiered" plans by sometime in the summer. There are no details yet, so we don't know pricing or whether or not they will "grandfather" existing unlimited plans or not.
If they go to AT&T like pricing, then your 10 to 15 GB per month would be costing you $105 to $155 a month (assuming you were using their "DataPro with tethering" plan which is $45 for 4 GB plus $10 for each additional 1 GB).
There is certainly no guarantee that Verizon would use the same pricing structure, but I have to image that it would not be all that much different as their overall pricing structure is similar to AT&T's other wise.
As for my use, I don't have any where near a problem right now...for my mobile data use. I don't even come close to using 1 GB of data on my Sprint service (my currently monthly total is about 35 MB with about 3 days left on my cycle). But, then as I hinted to, that is NOT my primary Internet connection. For my Comcast connection, I likely typically use around 15 to 30 GB per month (depending on how many videos I rent and/or buy through my Apple TV). With data use like that on the typical "tiered" plans that mobile broadband providers offer would cost me a ton. All providers to my knowledge limit their "pure" data plans (i.e. those that you use with a laptop by way of MiFi type device or USB dongle) to 5 GB and then rape and pillage for extra data beyond the 5 GB. The "loophole" that appears to be out there for Verizon (until summer it appears) and Sprint but not AT&T is to get WiFi hotspot phones. My EVO still has unlimited data through the WiFi hotspot. So, in theory, I could use my EVO as my primary Internet connection. The problem with that theory is that even though it is 3G, it is still WAAAAAAAAY slower than my cable modem connection even on a bad cable modem connection day.
My original point was that when LTE becomes truly competitive (i.e. is widespread enough to actually compete with cable or DSL or FiOS), there is a good chance that they will have tiered plans that make it cost prohibitive as a "primary" Internet connection (unless you only do browsing and email). Of course, there is nothing to say the cable, DSL and/or FiOS will not have "successfully" moved to some sort of tiered plan by then as well...various cable companies have certainly started trying such experiments in various locations over that last year, albeit to not much success.