We’ve talked about it enough. Its now 2011. Time to see the reality, complements of MetroPCS (via Geek.Com):
While so far net neutrality seems to have remained intact, one wireless carrier has taken the decision to test the boundaries in a bid to squeeze more money out of its customers. That company in MetroPCS.
If you want to sign up for a 4G LTE wireless plan with MetroPCS you now have to decide how much content you want access to. For $40 per month you can watch as many YouTube videos as you like and browse the web freely. But if you try and watch a video through a service other than YouTube it will not play because your plan does not cover it.
Here’s the breakdown of the three plans MetroPCs is offering:
- The $40 service plan offers unlimited talk, text, 4G Web browsing with unlimited YouTube access.
- The $50 service plan includes the same unlimited talk, text, 4G Web services and unlimited YouTube access as the $40 plan. Additional features include international and premium text messaging, turn-by-turn navigation with MetroNAVIGATOR™, ScreenIT, mobile instant messaging, corporate e-mail and 1 GB of additional data access, with premium features available through MetroSTUDIO™ when connected via Wi-Fi, including audio capabilities to listen and download music and access to preview and trial video content.
- The $60 service plan provides the same premium features as the $50 plan, plus unlimited data access and MetroSTUDIO premium content such as 18 video-on-demand channels and audio downloads.
Ultimately MetroPCS is only offering a complete Internet experience for $60.
The new plans will initially be offered in Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento and San Francisco. Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa will come online at some point this year.