Originally Posted by JMRouse
I have mixed feelings on the 2Gig a month cap. On one hand, I have always told the vast majority of people to not worry about it. Hardly anyone is going to get close to going over that cap. More so if you have a Wi-Fi network at home and have your phone set to automatically log onto it when in range. Most people check email, play some games and web surf. No way you will pass 2 gigs doing that. Even with some light streaming over Netflix it's hard.
Case in point, I am a very heavy user. Still grandfathered into "unlimited" on ATT. I think I have passed 2 gigs only three times in my whole experience with an iPhone. The most I ever used was around 2.5 gigs. It's a lot of data to consume on a cell phone. If I was on the 2 gig plan, I would end up paying less overall even if I had to buy some extra gigs for those few months. The math just works out that way.
So why am I keeping my grandfathered unlimited plan? There is going to be a day when this does matter. The carriers know this. They are not stupid and it's why they went ahead and placed the caps now. Get everyone used to caps when it doesn't matter. Yet, this will change. As we move towards the future and more heavy data usage becomes the norm. Constant syncing of data over the cloud and high res streaming will be everyday experiences. Content will be constantly pushed to our devices on the go. All of this will consume a lot of data.
I can easily see a time in the next 3 to 5 years when 2 gigs won't be enough and everyone will be faced with the constant choice on having to buy more data or not. Carriers are ready and waiting for this day. It's going to equal big profits for them.
Yet, non of this really matters to the guy asking the question. If he wants a smart phone he either has to go with Sprint for unlimited or sign up for a another carrier with caps. The choice is no longer there.
So what do I recommend? Pick a carrier and get a smart phone. Not worth really worrying about now. The future is still a ways out there and I wouldn't be surprised if the carriers have to start adapting to the users instead of the other way around. Otherwise, there are going to be a lot of upset people who suddenly realized they were swindled.Having a smart phone, like the iPhone, is a very rewarding experience. Even life changing in many ways. Just go for it.
Verizon tells us to tell our customers that 97% of people don't use over 2 GBs of data. I'm not sure where they got that figure from, but I would say most people I interact with don't use their phone to its full potential, so no, they don't go over 2 GBs. That being said, JMRouse makes a good point. Going forward the standards are becoming things like wireless syncing (iCloud, Google apps) so even now we're all starting to use more data. Granted, maybe it won't cause a huge spike, but carriers are pushing plans like "4G"/LTE with "10x faster" data speeds so you can STREAM and DOWNLOAD faster. As in go over your cap faster. Sneaky sneaky.
Oh, and once you get a smartphone you'll never want to go back. Trust us.