Those who use Verizon's unlimited mobile broadband service may be in for a nasty surprise: The company may begin charging high-bandwidth users extra fees, says a top Verizon exec.
The service in question is Verizon's EvDO, which has average speeds of between 400-700 kilobits per second. The current cost is $60 per month with a two-year contract and Verizon voice plan.
Mobile users are beginning to share that bandwidth in the same way that home users share their broadband bandwidth using Wi-Fi. A whole generation of routers have been released that combine 3G and Wi-Fi. Plug your 3G card into the router, and it gives Internet access to any nearby Wi-Fi users.
Verizon is not amused, and it's not clear whether those routers violate the company's Terms of Service. The DSL Reports site,though, claims that within the past year Verizon has been sending out warning letters to customers that the company believes use too much bandwidth.
Yesterday, Verizon Wirelss made its first public statement about the issue, and it's pretty clear that the company will begin charging high-usage customers higher fees.
According to the IDG News service, Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, told a press conference at the CTIA Wireless trade show, "I don't think you ought to assume that for the long term you're going to be able to pay the same amount as the... more casual user...the amount of usage that you demand from the network each month will in fact have to... drive the pricing structure."