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Data caps: How long can Verizon, Sprint offer unlimited plans?

Matt Hamblen, Computerworld | April 4, 2011
Data caps on nearly all wireless and wired networks in the U.S. seem likely to be in place soon, even though Verizon Wireless and Sprint continue to make unlimited data offers.

"The notion of unlimited data as devices get more content rich and data intensive means the networks will get overloaded as more smart devices come on line," Gold said. "Network capacity is a limited resource, and like any limited resource, carriers have to find ways to share the resources fairly with the customer -- either through limiting the access, increased pricing for heavy users, or outright banning of abusers -- which is unlikely.

"Right now, Sprint is probably the least loaded of the networks, and perhaps T-Mobile is, too, so having unlimited data offering is feasible," he said. "Ultimately, unlimited data for everyone at a relatively low cost is unsustainable in a limited resource like wireless networks."


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