Data caps

New Netflix iOS app capitulates to bandwidth caps

Carriers like Verizon and AT&T are trying to convince Netflix to pay for the bandwidth its subscribers consume on their networks. Rather than fork over the money, Netflix is giving its iPhone customers the option of turning off cellular access to Netflix completely.

U.S. Cellular ends punitive overage charges on mobile data

U.S. Cellular has finally done away with that relic of a bygone 3G age: punitive overage charges on its mobile data plans. Almost all carriers have stopped charging exorbitant rates the slightest breech of the cap, but until this week U.S. Cellular was the exception.

AT&T boosts mobile data caps but hikes prices as well

On Sunday, AT&T is reconfiguring its mobile data plans in a way that will anger many customers but may actually please others. It’s raising its smartphone and tablet data plan rates, while simultaneously offering customers a better deal on the data they do consume.

Sprint: Unlimited still means unlimited

Sprint is walking back comments from CEO Dan Hesse on Thursday about Sprint throttling data speeds of its heaviest data users. At a conference Thursday, Hesse clearly stated Sprint was reining in bandwidth for its greediest smartphone customers, but Sprint maintains unlimited remains unlimited.

Consumers coming to expect free carrier Wi-Fi

Devicescape customers may not be your average mobile data users, but they almost uniformly expect that wireless operators provide some kind of mobile data service and that they provide it for free. Devicescape’s study also found many consumers are unaware that operators are capping data.

Capped data plan got you down? There’s an app for that

Mobile data efficiency isn’t a sexy feature that moves a lot of apps and devices, but it’s increasingly going to be a selling point, as mobile consumers look for savings in an data-capped world. Onavo says it can save iPhone users about $1 billion a year.

Facing data caps, consumers keep turning to Wi-Fi

As network operators drop unlimited mobile broadband data plans, consumers continue to shift their data needs to free or low-cost Wi-Fi hot spots: nearly 90 percent are hitting hot spots at home and on the go. Once a lowly home network standard, Wi-Fi is king of the road.