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All of the U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint have announced new wireless data capacity usage plans for their customers. There pricing plans are very fluid and will likely change a lot in the next few months to year. Why are carriers capping data plans? Because there is no money in fixed-pricing and the carriers can make more by charging the heavy data users (like our kids). This is very similar to capping text messaging where your average cost per text goes up to .25 to .35 cents after you go over your text messaging plan allotment.

I think this is the new industry scam that must be regulated. It is impossible to think that consumers can trust their wireless carrier to objectively measure their data usage.  Currently there are not applications or features on phones to help you manage your usage thresholds.  Remember the cases of customers who received the outrageous bills while using their phone and roaming overseas.  More transparency is needed for consumers to understand how much data they are using before they can be charged.  Data caps are hurting the mobile apps business before it even gets off the ground.

We think that free free WiFi around the World will disruptive cellular data fraudulent pricing practices.  Offloading 3G and 4G data to WiFi is the first sign that carrier networks will ultimately fall on their face 

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