Verizon Limits Unlimited

Fresh from its victorious pummeling of Vonage, Verizon is now gunning for abusers of its “unlimited” EV-DO data services who use more than 5GB of bandwidth in a month.

Sounds like “any color you want as long as it’s black.”

According to the carrier’s user agreement, subscribers exceeding the limit are “presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited” according to the service agreement and their service will be “terminated” immediately.

Verizon says that the data service can only be used for “(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).” That excludes streaming audio and video (download and upload), podcasts, RSS feeds, online gaming just to name a few.

Takes your breath away. First you sign up for a pricey plan so you stay connected on-the-go. Then you find out that all you can do pretty much is read your email. That isn’t exactly the picture all the mobile apps evangelists have been painting for us.

The Nazis at Verizen don’t say anything about VoIP, but it’s not a stretch to imagine that it’s probably covered under “using a Data Plan or Feature in any manner prohibited above or whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels.”

For more comment, read Ryan’s piece at Cybernetnews.