Verizon “Unlimited” Wireless Stills Hates Porn

Seems like just about everyone wrote us over the weekend to tell us just how wide Verizon was stretching the starfish of all its Unlimited Wireless Broadband customers. So let’s give ‘em a shout-out for thinking of us! Thanks, jpac, Travis, Jeff, Uncle Bob and Sarlac, to name only a few!

Only problem? We’ve written about it before.

As a recap, Verizon sells Unlimited Wireless Broadband, but cancels you if you exceed an arbitrary limit, the theory being you could only download more than a few gigs a month if you were torrenting the complete works of Jenna Jameson. They accused Consumer Affairs of being pornography enthusiasts. That’s doubtlessly true, but their math was all muddled: they accused CA of downloading over ten gigs worth of porn in thirty days, when they’d actually downloaded less than 2 gigs over the period of an entire year.

But now they’ve canceled another public figure’s Internet, accusing him of downloading porn for breaching a 5 gig a month “unlimited” quota. This time, though, it was Robert X. Cringely, a highly visible Ziff-Davis and PBS blogger. And not only did they cancel him for daring to think that their unlimited service actually was unlimited, but they nailed him with a $175 fine.

Verizon’s position is that using more than 5 gigs a month is impossible without being a pirate, a pornographer, or both. The unlimited service is only for email and web-surfing, but not for downloading music or videos, no matter how legal. Of course, Verizon “Less Than 5GBs Per Month of Text” Broadband Wireless just sounds a heck of a lot less impressive than “Unlimited”, doesn’t it?

When “unlimited” wireless broadband means “you download porn”… [Newswireless.net]

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  1. HankScorpio says:

    I actually clicked through to all the links, and Robert X. did not get his account cancelled. He was just complaining about Verizon’s arbitrary non-published download cap.

  2. mfergel says:

    hmmm……hope Comcast doesn’t have the same policy……although, it is the start of a new month.

  3. Jupiter Jones says:

    I don’t see where this $175 fine is coming from. The link that is a recap of Cringely’s column mentions a fine, but doesn’t give a dollar amount, and Cringely was never cancelled or fined. What gives?

  4. Andrew Ferguson says:

    I’ve run into this exact same issue up here in Canada. One of our major broadband companies, Rogers (or Shaw, if you live on the west coast) officially banned me for a year for ‘excessive usage of [their] unlimited internet services package’.

    Under no circumstances was anyone I spoke to (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 3 Supervisor) willing or able to tell me what the cap was or how much I was over. All they would tell me was that I was using it too much and needed to cut back.

    They cut me off for a week as a warning a couple of times before the final shutdown. When I was finally cut off, I called them (there had been no notice) and they told me that it had actually been cut off the week previous, it had just taken that long for my modem to figure it out.

    The whole rigamarole was insane and caused me to switch to DSL-only now, since they’re the only real cable internet provider for most of Canada. At least Telus/Bell will *tell me* what my cap is.

  5. adamondi says:

    So what happens if you happen to buy some movies from one of the big movie download sites (such as iTunes), which are almost 2 GB files? So if you bought three movies and had them downloaded, totaling 6 GB, Verizon will call you a pirate and cancel your account? Ludicrous. There must be a way to nail them for false advertising or something.

  6. Triteon says:

    Just a couple of corrections– Cringely’s account wasn’t cancelled; but if he were to use his Verizon account for email alone for a month, his volume of email could exceed the 5 GB limit. Cringely writes:
    The company is quite specific in its advertisements that the service is for unlimited e-mail, web surfing, and corporate intranet use, but not for downloading music or videos or running servers.
    Check out his article:

  7. Triteon says:

    try #2
    Just a couple of corrections– Cringely’s account wasn’t cancelled; but if he were to use his Verizon account for email alone for a month, his volume of email

  8. Triteon says:

    OK, I’m caught in commenting hell…try #3:
    http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20060928.html

  9. jmac32here says:

    again..can I point out something.

    The terms and conditions or Customer User Agreement for VZW clearly states, in very lengthy words that they can Terminate your service or add additional charges for anything they find necessary, in short. They can cancel for anything they desire.

    Another interesting thing. That same CUA does NOT have a loophole stating that your early termination fee will be waived if they terminate your service. Sprint, Cingular, T-Mo and the rest are more specific and have that loophole.

    So if you fly with VZW, ur on ur own…and u are not protected from their greedy ways.