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That would mean that half of the week you would have to constantly have your phone downloading at max 3G speeds...

Keep in mind, this is 3g to the home internet, via a 3g modem--not a cell phone plan. I thought the same thing at first. But yeah, if you had to tether via your phone, it would essentially make you unable to use your phone for anything else!
    
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If a company ran a promotion like this in the US, I believe it would probably kill the network..

That's because US companies would rather nickle/dime us to death than actually give us a quality service.
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why are people saying it would cost money to donwload this much?

Dont cost me nothing lol
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Keep in mind, this is 3g to the home internet, via a 3g modem--not a cell phone plan. I thought the same thing at first. But yeah, if you had to tether via your phone, it would essentially make you unable to use your phone for anything else!

what do you mean? I can surf and talk on my 4g phone. 4G tech allows it.
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Originally Posted by Clazman55 View Post

Price of phone plans in the US aside.

If a company ran a promotion like this in the US, I believe it would probably kill the network. There is a vast difference in the size of the Russian population and the US population.

If all the carriers used the same freq for cellular data, it may work. However, I'm not really certain it could be done, even then.


Er, look at Korean, Japan, China. They have no issue handling these massive populated areas. Their base home internet is about 100Mbps. So imagine the network infrastructure is quite massive to handle traffics. It's just all these capitalism countries gouging on customer wallets and goes into their pockets.

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So the guy downloaded 419GB of data.. with AT&T's $25/2GB data buckets, it would've costed you $5250 to download that much. American wireless carriers, ripping you off since the dawn of time.

Meh, I'm still on the old unlimited plan. It would only cost me $30 tongue.gif
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Bring to Uhmerica! I won't upgrade (to smart) until Verizon brings back unlimited or someone covers my area as well as Verizon and brings unlimited.
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I have unlimited Data on my Verizon account but I got a warning when I hit 20GB and finally got throttled at 30GB.
I wish I got $5K. I just got throttled down to 2g speeds of 100kb/s, which is damn slow.
LOL Verizon.... rolleyes.gif
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Er, look at Korean, Japan, China. They have no issue handling these massive populated areas. Their base home internet is about 100Mbps. So imagine the network infrastructure is quite massive to handle traffics. It's just all these capitalism countries gouging on customer wallets and goes into their pockets.

You might want to re-think that. South Korea and Japan are in the case that there is a lot of people in a smaller area. You can't compare those two to the US. The smaller the area, the easier it is to lay infrastructure. Signal attenuation becomes less of a problem since single mode fiber last I checked was rated for for a few Km. But the cost of the cable is crazy expensive to handle the data rates. And because they are so close to each other, signal propagation becomes less of a problem than in the US. It's like how NYC has better internet connection than the Piedmont Triad Area. There are whole parts of the US where it's just empty and laying the infrastructure wouldn't make sense financially and wouldn't be used. Japan and South Korea do not have large patches of land like we do.

As for China, only certain parts of China is developed. The rest of it is country just like in the US. China is having an economic boom right now so they are starting to spread. But very much of the country is in the dark compared to the US.

To get the best speeds possible, you the area you are serving needs to be as condensed as possible.

As for cell phones. In Japan you try not to talk on your phone rather send emails instead cause the cost per minute of a phone call in Japan is stupidly high compared to the US.
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Are you guys not paying attention? Or just blissfully ignorant?

US wireless infrastructure is lagging behind SOME other locations abroad because of:
A: Much wider population distribution than South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and other densely populated areas.
B: Much wider distribution of service across a much wider range customer base, as in more people in the US can actually afford to have broadband bandwidth.

Not too mention again, this example that is brought up with Russia is completely misleading. Russian Telecom companies do not have "unlimited" or Monthly plans. Its all prepay and pay per use, ALL OF IT.

The same reason why here in the united states you can win a prizes for drinking mountain dew and Budweiser, because you must first buy these products (apart for fairness laws, that do not exist in russia). So it makes sense for them to offer a promotion based on usage, because their revenue stream is dependent on usage, not subscription. Its basic marketing principles.
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I wonder what i would win...
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