Having EVDO on a notebook when you’re out and about is certainly a treat. But all good things must come to an end and in this case, it just so happens to be the word “unlimited”. For over a year now, Verizon has been touting its EVDO data plan as “unlimited,” when in reality, if you went over 5GB of downloads a month, your service would be cancelled for fear that you were pirating. Cybernet News dug deep into Verizon’s ToS and found the following:
“Unlimited Data Plans and Features (such as NationalAccess, BroadbandAccess, Push to Talk, and certain VZEmail services) may ONLY be used with wireless devices for the following purposes: (i) Internet browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access (including access to corporate intranets, email, and individual productivity applications like customer relationship management, sales force, and field service automation). The Unlimited Data Plans and Features MAY NOT be used for any other purpose.”
It just gets better from there on. The terms go on to basically state that if you’re downloading more than 5GB a month, you’re clearly pirating or engaging in “prohibited uses” of Verizon’s data plan. What does this mean for you? If you don’t want to risk having your EVDO service cancelled, you’d better lay off the P2P, Bit Torrent, and streaming media. Otherwise you may find yourself looking for a new data provider.