Thursday, January 26, 2012

Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk throttling now

When I decided to go with Beyond Talk so many moons ago I was attracted by the Unlimited Data and Unlimited Texting and since I rarely yak on the phone the 300 minutes were just a nice bonus. Oh and the fact it was only $25 per month was really appealing to this cheapskate.
Now I know all those technicalities, in the eyes of companies anyway, what Unlimited means but to me it should mean what the dictionary says:
  1. not limited; unrestricted; unconfined
  2. boundless; infinite; vast
  3. without any qualification or exception; unconditional.
So why does this matter? Well this week I got a text from Virgin Mobile that says if I go above 2.5 GB of data they'll throttle my speed way down. Excuse me?!?!? How can that be "not limited, unrestricted?" Sounds like they are restricting the use of their so called "Unlimited Data."
Now I rarely use over 1 GB of data in month, but that is beside the point. I so wish we could somehow enforce a truth in advertising rules, or some such thing. To go further afield, it's just like many of the cell companies or cable companies advertising their product for $49.99 a month and then when you get the bill with all their fake fees you end up paying $65 a month. So much for truth in advertising.
Anyway, what do I do you ask? Well there are other companies that offer similar "unlimited data" plans but in the fine print are similar or even more draconian stipulations that limit the data that you can use. Also, it's hard to pass up the $25/month right now, having to watch all my pennies. Definitely when I'm not having to watch my pennies so closely I'll be looking at my options. I can only hope by then that when a company says "Unlimited" it will actually mean it.
Like you, I won't be holding my breath!