Why is there no unlimited data plans

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Because unlimited data is not a possibility.
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If Internet Service Providers do not offer Unlimited data, then mobile providers won't. That's why it's not a possibility.
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We both agree they won't. We disagree on the other front.
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thats bull aliant has unlimited internet 62 a month why cant a phone  i have no need for sms or phone calls as long i have data  fb messenger all i need
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Show us online where we can get this
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Tek Savvy in Chatham has it. we get unlimited Data usage, at 10pm-7am our speeds are throttled by 250kpb/second. We usually get anywhere from 20-30Mbps so its not a big deal. But there is unlimited Data plans. Just gotta ask. You dont start with this plan, it was offered to us so others who want to keep their fullspeeds 24/7 can. I play PS4 all the time and it doesnt effect it at all. As soon as more companies start doing Unlimited, Mobile companies will as well. its only a matter of time.
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Data is at a premium, because it's what everybody wants, thus the only way these companies can make money off of you is with data, not talk and text anymore. As such, an unlimited data plan would never be offered, unless of course you are willing to pay well into the triple digits per month to have it. In that case, you might as well get limited data and just pay the overages for anything you use.
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There is not even unlimited data for your home internet
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Rogers and Bell both offer unlimited home internet now. Not sure about Telus.
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My home ISP (Teksavvy) has either 300 GB or unlimited.
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Stupid Shaw internet lol
Of course unlimited does cost way more too
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The most Shaw does is bump you up a package, no?
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aliant has unlimited internet so ya they do  62$ month 900k/s downloads
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Well, how much are you willing to pay for an unlimited data plan?

Whatever that sum is, it's not high enough...

Well, that's not true... if you were willing to pay $129,600.00 a month, you could get an unlimited data plan. But at that price, you might as well erect your own towers because it'll be cheaper for you in the long run.
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If it was truly unlimited I would discontinue my home Internet service and just tether my phone via Wifi and so would everyone else, watching NetFlix and and doing other high bandwidth activities. Soon, you'd have unlimited data that was so over subscribed it wouldn't work at all for anyone. No cell tower has the capacity to handles the demands that would be placed on it by such an offering so it shall never happen. The end.
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Sorry David if I came across the wrong way... I'm just getting tired of all these "unlimited data" threads that won't die and the new ones that start where people are talking about it "Ad nauseam": a Latin term for a discussion that has continued so long that it has continued "to [the point of] nausea"... It's clear that the system cannot and will not support this, so that's what I mean when I say "the end".
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To say that no one would use an ISP service if mobile providers offered unlimited data is just wrong. No gamer in their right mind would ever play multiplayer over a mobile connection speed. Try playing Halo 4 with less than 2 MB download speed, see how well you stay connected.
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Lag (because of latency) would be the primary problem.
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Exactly. You need a good connection speed to be able to play properly/efficiently.
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Lag and speed are not the same thing Kane. Xplornet has sufficient speed but latency up to 100 times what's acceptable to play properly.
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@Steve: You do raise many great points. However, there is one very significant detail we can't ignore: because one has unlimited something doesn't mean he'll be pulling stuff and thangs from the Internet full blast 24/7. We don't question unlimited Talk+SMS plans. We all know and expect that people don't go out of their way to find someone to talk to simply because they have unlimited voice. Same for SMS, you send what you need to send and that's the end of it. Data would be the same. At first, there would be a gold rush but soon after things would settle down. We have been told many times by employees that many people on the old Super 6GB plan barely use 1GB or more. Some DO use it, many don't. They hang on to it because it's not offered anymore and "just in case". These people are basically paying Koodo very good money and don't even fully use what's available to them.

That is why I think there is no sorcery behind unlimited plans and it wouldn't be the end of the world as people make it out to be. Sure, at first, people would go a bit crazy, but soon after things would just calm down. Heck, if smelly stuff hits the fan, just throttle down. Don't want to be throttled? Pick up another plan. It *could* be worked out without much difficulty. We just (falsely) assume people would just go all out crazy 24/7. Mobile users wouldn't just suddenly use 100X the amount of data they used to.

Of course, this is only my opinion and I may very well be wrong.
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I don’t think you are wrong: I’m in complete agreement with what you say, truly unlimited wouldn't work because I’d just get a cellular router or USB data stick and watch NetFlix all day and so would enough other people that it would over subscribe the available bandwidth. I think a no overage, throttled back in speed (but no outage) after a certain threshold is reached kind of service (like they have in the 3rd world) would be very useful and feasible. Of course when people start trying to argue that Koodo wouldn't have to worry about abuse on an unlimited offering because abusers would over heat their phones, well, that’s just silly. And then when you point out that you don’t have to use a phone to use cellular data they argue that you can’t serve the whole neighbourhood due to Wifi range, again, silly. Most of my friends in the 3rd world have a cellular router and not only does it supply Wifi to their whole house but also wired Internet as well, the source being cellular data.. If they go beyond 3 GB a day, it throttles back to just enough speed to be able to read your email and not much more until midnight when it resets. Not only would this work well in Canada but it would provide workable Internet where none exists.

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