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California man finds limits of Verizon FiOS unlimited data broadband service: 77TB

By Jesse · 22 replies
May 24, 2013
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  1. Verizon offers unlimited data for their FiOS fiber-optic broadband service, but as one person found out recently, as with all things, it’s not truly “unlimited.” A California man, who goes by the handle Houkouonchi online and preferred not to be...

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  2. Yea, but does he run crysis?
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    If he is using that much data he shouldn't even be on FiOS. He should be paying the same rate as a business that runs a server farm.
    psycros and p51d007 like this.
  4. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Booster Posts: 141   +16

  5. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    "This guy knows his way around a rack" lol
    mrcavooter likes this.
  6. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,042   +793

    That is one tidy setup, he must be paid way too much, that setup would have cost an arm and a leg but the electric bill must be painful.

    To be fair in the UK I have BT Fibre at home with a little microserver and BT don't seem to care, but they probably would if I started using 50TB! I struggle to reach 1TB of use a month.
  7. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I wonder what 77 TB in information would be anyway. He has to be helping his friends and family run their online setups for their business.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    Here's what I was surprised by...
    So was 50TB equal to 30,000% of a normal customer or was 77TB = 30,000% of a normal customer? 30,000% would be 300 households, and 77TB/300 is 256 GB per household. That seems like a lot. 50TB/300 is 166GB, which still seems like a lot. I'd have guessed the average household to use like 25-50GB of data per month.
  9. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    It's interesting to see how these companies have created the idea and successfully implanted in the heads of the general public, that the resource that is the 'internet' is a finite resource and how you connect to it is like a barrel of oil or lump of coal, that we should all do our best to conserve and portion out our usage, preserve our environment. but pay the premiums that are demanded of course.
    psycros, BlueDrake and spencer like this.
  10. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Please, explain how bandwidth is an unlimited resource.
    cliffordcooley, EEatGDL and cmbjive like this.
  11. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Anything against "Verizon?s Terms of Service" doesn't mean it's "Unlimited".

    Like if I told you that you can borrow my car, and have unlimited use. Then you mention, "I wanted to jump the Grand Canyon with it." Well, now here comes some limitations! No jumping the canyon, blowing the car up, strapping JATOs to it... That's what Verizon's doing. You have unlimited use, as long at you follow their limitations! That's not truly unlimited to me.
  12. spencer

    spencer TS Addict Posts: 202   +22

    Yeah we get to pay insane prices to get cable+internet so we can get spyed on.Ever go on the internet and look up a college or a product and as soon as you get off your comp the commercial will magically be the exact same thing you looked up 5mins ago;Something is obviously not right here. I can't even begin to think what that guy must have being doing;bitcoin mining with 30 different computers?
    psycros likes this.
  13. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 535   +210

    I know, I know!! Because he access only servers based on pure Turing machines on his daily basis; with communication cables that are capable of sending infinite data per second without even multiplexing, in parallel tons of bits sent serially in each line, all of them sent to his house!!!

    I mean, what kind of mortal connects to servers with limited resources through an ISP with limited resources; give me a break.
    Timonius, Burty117 and Ranger12 like this.
  14. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,042   +793

    Really? you'd guess that low? I eat that up downloading 2 -3 games through Steam, at our Household its more like 300-400GB but on extreme months where we've had a new computer installed or things have just been crazy we can hit a TB.
  15. It's worth noting that the guy (houkouonchi) wasn't satisfied with Ars' report:


    Akismet, please let me pass. This really isn't spam...
    bielius likes this.
  16. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,839   +1,183

    Where did you get that idea? This guy didn't use up the internet like you can use up a barrel of oil or lump of coal. There's still plenty of internet left for the rest of us.

    There is however, limited bandwidth, and if Verizon promises fast speeds to everyone and that speed is compromised by someone using 300 times the average, then they're going to say something about it.
    cmbjive likes this.
  17. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Must be pr0n.
    Burty117, Jad Chaar and psycros like this.
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    30,000 percent higher than the average user LOL.
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    oh - - everything is measure in games/hr? sheez
    cliffordcooley and Jad Chaar like this.
  20. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    Nice Rack!
  21. >For now, technically, FiOS is still unlimited.

    TechSpot is as bad as Verizon. Apparently, both of you need to look up the word "unlimited" in the dictionary.

    Unlimited means unlimited. Which word isn't clear?
  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,171   +3,263

    And you need to look up the word "exploit".

    That still doesn't prove this service is not unlimited. The service is unlimited. But if someone is plainly taking advantage of the service, there is no reason why questions can not be asked. And in this case a service is being exploited, to provide multiple services to others. Verizon is well beyond their rights, to shut down this exploit. The service is unlimited to provide a service without caps, not a service to provide multiple services to others. It's not intended to provide a 24/7 exploit, in the name of unlimited service.
  23. sturgel

    sturgel TS Rookie

    Sometimes I would like this data mining to happen for instance when you want to go buy a vehicle which I recently did I was thinking hey wouldn't it be great is the local dealers were courting ME with deals they can offer? Offer me deals online when I am looking for something and you just might get my business! So when I WANT to be a preferred customer for a company I'd like to have that option and get THEM to offer the deals not me LOOK for them and negotiate them. Offer me them!

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