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No Streaming for You

May 13, 2010 9:05:07.000

The one thing you can say about the big ISPs is this: they seem to have no clue how people would like to use their services. Witness Rogers in Canada talking about their data plans for the iPad:

Rogers says the tablets are a new category of product and "it's too early to say if customers will use more or less data than they do for the iPhone," but the company remains optimistic that the 250MB/5GB plans "will be more than enough for virtually all of our customers."

Right... you take a vacation with your iPad, stream a movie or two using 3G - and bam, you've used up all your bandwidth for that month. It's willfull ignorance. They do say they don't intend to charge for overage, instead "rolling you into a new month". Which is an overage charge called something else.

Mind you, it's not the pay as you go part I think is silly - it's the "5GB is all you'll ever need" thing. Why not offer a few higher use plans?

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