Since I'm someone who doesn't ever even use wireless internet (and I guess is not therefore part of "everybody"), could someone indicate how much a typical user uses in a month?
I restored my phone about a month ago and I just checked my usage. 2.5GB in about a month.
Dear nascent moguls of cloud computing: a metered internet will either kill your dreams stone dead, or stunt them into starveling, flickering wraiths of the glorious gleams that twinkle in your eyes.
And of course, none of this will do anything to curb abuse by people who jailbreak to tether. They'll just stay on the $30/5GB plan (or the iPad $30/unlimited plan), jailbreak to tether, and merrily consume tons of bandwidth.
"Interference is a metaphor that paints an old limitation of technology as a fact of nature." So says David P. Reed, electrical engineer, computer scientist, and one of the architects of the Internet. If he's right, then spectrum isn't a resource to be divvied up like gold or parceled out like land. It's not even a set of pipes with their capacity limited by how wide they are or an aerial highway with white lines to maintain order.
Spectrum is more like the colors of the rainbow, including the ones our eyes can't discern. Says Reed: "There's no scarcity of spectrum any more than there's a scarcity of the color green. We could instantly hook up to the Internet everyone who can pick up a radio signal, and they could pump through as many bits as they could ever want. We'd go from an economy of digital scarcity to an economy of digital abundance."
The point, by the way, or my point anyway, isn't (so much) the amount charged. It's how it's being charged. The sheer unfairness of slapping overage fees on you without warning you you're about to go over (much as banks have taken to doing, thanks) has been noted above
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