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– I’ve long been frustrated by the fact I pay two separate Internet bills – one for home and one for mobile. They add up to about $100 a month. I’d love to pay one bill for half the price for all of my broadband needs. There’s one reason I can’t do that: Data caps.

All-you-can-eat mobile data is going the way of the dodo bird. You can easily use an entire month’s allotment by downloading one movie. What’s the point of having fancy mobile devices with fast Internet if you can’t use them anywhere but home?

The new iPad with its 4G speeds has exposed the issue, reports the Wall Street Journal:

“With LTE, the quality and the streaming is fantastic,” Mr. (Brandon) Wells said. “But man, you’re really limited in terms of the amount of content you can consume.”

Mr. Wells’s father, Steve Wells, also hit his data limit on Saturday. While he was at the basketball game with his son, his wife was using his iPad as a video baby monitor for his granddaughter while she napped in another room. By the time the two were back from the game, the app had burned through his two gigabyte plan.

“All the advantages of the iPad device are completely neutralized by the two gigabyte data limit,” said Steve Wells, 56.

Something’s got to give. High speed, low-cost public Wi-Fi networks are one way to solve this issue. Another is for carriers to offer more reasonable pricing structures, but something tells me not to hold my breath.

– State Senator Jim Alesi may not get the backing of the local Republican Party, which insists gay marriage has nothing to do with it. Democrats don’t want him either.

– Read the City of Rochester’s handout on budget choices. It’s quite detailed and includes the suggestion to close the soccer stadium.

– A Syracuse girl was put on the wrong school bus and had to walk home on her own. “What if she crossed the street and got hit by a car?” The only travesty here is that the Post-Standard continues to think this nonsense is news.

So much for Governor Andrew Cuomo and transparency.

2 Responses to Data Will Cost You

  1. March 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm ikejames responds:

    I made a promise that if Alesi voted for marriage equality, that I would vote for him. I’m a life-long Dem. I want the Dems to take the Senate, but I’m a man of my word. If he’s on the ballot, he’s got my vote.

  2. March 23, 2012 at 2:25 am Lynn E responds:

    It is happening with newspapers too. People on the internet face being nickel and dimed to death which might make us get out in this weather a bit more and off the screen.

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