osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Interesting shift in wireless data plan pricing

The wireless world is "AT&T and Verizon" and "everyone else." It is also competitive along certain axis, one of which is overall price. As Broadband DSLReport notes, T-Mobile and now Leap are moving from a 5 GB cap with ridiculous overages to a "soft cap" where you buy capacity, and if you exceed capacity your service slows.

I consider this a very reasonable way to handle network congestion. It creates excellent incentive among providers to invest in capacity and handles traffic in a neutral way. Heavy users who blow through their monthly capacity quickly are not cut off for the rest of the month.

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