The big news around the wireless space today was the unveiling of the world’s first Android phone, to be available on T-Mobile. If you want the full run-down of the phone, check out our pals at TmoNews. Those dudes are on top of things. There’s one thing, contained in the linked post, which bothers the crap out of us. T-Mobile is placing a soft cap of 1 GB per month on their 3G network. Rabble rabble rabble! One gig, after all, isn’t a whole ton of data. Yes, Canada might be playing the world’s smallest violin for us, but this simply isn’t acceptable in these here United States. The passage reads: “If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less.” So, for using a reasonable amount of data, T-Mobile will send you through the way-back machine into sub-EDGE speeds. I understand the desire to keep the network open for all users, and that some offenders might slow everyone else down. But only a gig? Seriously, everything else about the new HTC phone looks amazing. The price isn’t bad, either: $35 per month for unlimited Web and messages, for $25 per month for unlimited Web and 400 messages. Sigh. I guess you can’t have it all.
Yay for Android! Boo for data usage caps!
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