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"unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:15 PM

Take a look at this


Basically, it's true. All of these "unlimited" plans have a limit. But isn't that false advertising or is it legal to make a lie then slap some unreadable piece of text about the actual plan at the bottom? I think it's rather annoying that phone service providers will makes ads like this:

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I've really been thinking about switching to sprint recently.

Here's an article I found about tmobile being sued over it:
http://www.dailytech...rticle19314.htm

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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:25 PM

you couldn't have said this in your other thread about the very same thing???



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because you must be to stoned to remember and look for it, I guess I've done the work for you:

http://www.dreaminco...1&#entry1384491

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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:39 PM

It's a god damn shame companies are allowed to do this without getting slapped on the hand. I'm glad consumers are suing the companies for it.
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 05:54 PM

It's pretty disappointing. I'm a Sprint customer because it is quite literally the only big US mobile company that I could find that didn't have fake unlimited plans. Give it a year or so, Sprint'll drop its unlimited plans as well. No doubt in my mind.

These things really do bother me because I *rely* on mobile internet because it's pretty much all I can get where I live. My primary internet connection is a mifi card grandfathered into Verizon's old unlimited plan that my company gave me. I'm terrified of actually using too much bandwidth on it, because Verizon isn't exactly trustworthy.

Before I got this mifi card I used my phone as a wifi hotspot for internet. It was quite a bit slower than this but I never worried about how much data I was using.
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:01 PM

in the same vein my local network provider also has this promo with unlimited texting for one day. So I register for that unlimited texting. I text all day. The next day I find out my phone is "blocked" because I have exceeded the maximum allowable message sent. Unlimited has a max? WTF? Then later on they changed the message to "Because we're aware that this service has been used for spamming, we are taking preventive measures starting with prohibiting you to register tho this service for a few days. Try again next time." said few days is never.

There should be a stricter law for false advertising!
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:02 PM

View Postcreativecoding, on 21 July 2011 - 07:15 PM, said:

My parents have been thinking about switching to sprint recently.

FTFY
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 06:48 PM

I often see unlimted plans advertised like:

Unlimited! *

* = refer to the fair usage policy

fair usuage policy: dont use it too much or we will charge you extra. *evil corporate laugh*


Which is why we should take up arms and take down these companies.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:14 PM

Both my Mobile and my Broadband (The 2 most important things in my life) are on 'Unlimited' plans, and I've yet to incur a charge for using it too much, so I've been with them for years. Even my webhost offers 'Truely Unlimited' Diskspace AND Bandwidth, shame their customer services kinda suck :/
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:05 PM

Good luck with that one.

Off Topic - Sergio sporting the purple eh? I was starting to wonder. Congrats.
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:31 PM

I remember when i got my cricket 3g modem. They had, at the time, advertised unlimited data for only $40/month. I was able to get away with 5 gigs before they slowed me down to what reminded me of a dial-up modem from my old 386. However, in terms of lying about the 'unlimited' part, they were honest since I was still able to connect and surf (at a heavily reduced speed).

The main problem with truly unlimited (data and speed), many people would take too much advantage of it (eg. pirating server) and cause a lot of network clog. There could be an improved network infrastructure put in to better handle increased data resulting from a truly unlimited plan, which would be cool with the emerging 4G market.

Hopefully, better clarity in plans and improved bandwidth in service will be available soon.

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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 08:55 PM

I have a business plan which is truly unlimited. But I agree. Corporations get away with too much bullshit.
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:26 PM

I would comment on this except that we already had an entire thread about this a few weeks ago so...I think your last 3 or 4 topics have been repeat offenders.

you suck.

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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 23 July 2011 - 03:29 PM

Beware the asterisk!*

*Or prepare to be fucked...

Seriously, when I'm catching the tube in the morning I look at the advertisements on the opposite wall, the ones for phones always have text that is so tiny I would literally have to jump on the tracks and walk up to it in order to read it, and I have 20/20 vision.
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Re: "unlimited" = false advertising?

Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:14 AM

Unlimited High-speed Data!*
*until you use it, then it goes into "1998" mode with a data cap of 2.3KB

We don't pirate, but we get the bandwidth penalty of one.

The US government is actually working to increase national bandwidth (for bragging in the UN), but these companies are actively halting the progress.


...whoa, I'm dizzy and stating small facts in the lounge. I need to lie down and sleep some more.
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