Verizon Wireless’ recent VCAST video content additions sounded interesting enough — Justin Timberlake TV, YouTube, Revver — so I signed up for a day pass. Some entertaining stuff on there, but I thought the carrier’s warning message was funnier.
This is part of the message you get during the mobile signup process. Some of the stuff is pretty standard, but they make it sound like the network (EVDO) is going to buckle under any kind of weight. It also all sounds so really un-fun:
V CAST cannot be used: 1) for access to the Internet, intranets or other data networks except as permitted via Get It Now and getWeb; 2) for any applications that tethers your phone to laptops, personal computers, or other devices for any purpose; 3) for uploading, downloading or streaming or movies, music or games unless offered through Get It Now; 4) For sustained high bandwidth applications, including without limitation, web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, voice over IP, or peer to peer file sharing, and/or 5) as a substitute or backup for a private line or dedicated data connections.
We reserve the right to limit throughput or amount of data transferred, deny or terminate data services, without notice for anyone we believe is using the V CAST service in any manner prohibited above, whose usage adversely impacts our network or service levels or whose usage exceeds reasonable levels. . . . Verizon Wireless reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time.