Unlimited Data Plans and Online payments

This week on the Waves of Tech.  January 20, 2011: Virgin Mobile’s spin on the use of Unlimited data, California reaches a milestone with their Health Alert Network, online payments, and we throw in a little bit of Apple and Microsoft news for good luck.


1. What happen to unlimited?

Here at Virgin Mobile, our mission is to deliver an outstanding customer experience. Sometimes that means making difficult choices in order to provide the best possible service to the greatest number of customers.

To make sure we can keep offering our $40 Unlimited Broadband2Go Plan at such a great price, we’re putting a speed limit in place for anyone on that plan who uses over 5GB in a month.

How will it work?

Starting February 15, 2011, if you go over 5GB in a month on the $40 Unlimited Plan:

Your data speeds will be limited for the remainder of the monthly plan cycle. During this time, you may experience slower page loads and file downloads and lags in streaming media.

Your data speeds will return to normal as soon as you buy a new Broadband2Go Plan.

This change will only affect plans bought on or after 2/15/2011.

How will it affect me?

Keep in mind, 5GB is A LOT of data. To give you an idea, it’s about 250 hours of web browsing or over 500,000(!) emails*. So this change shouldn’t affect you unless you’re a heavy downloader/streamer/etc.

How will I know if I’m getting close to 5GB?

We’ve updated the progress bar in your Connection Manager to show the amount of data you’ve used. If you go above 5GB in a month, the bar will turn yellow, letting you know your data speeds will be reduced until you buy a new plan.

By putting this speed limit in place, we’re making sure we can deliver the same quality service you’ve come to expect from Broadband2Go. We hope you understand.

2. California Hospitals Join Emergency Network
The California Health Alert Network (CAHAN) is the State of California’s web-based information and communications system available on a 24/7/365 basis for distribution of health alerts, dissemination of prevention guidelines, coordination of disease investigation efforts, preparedness planning, and other initiatives that strengthen state and local preparedness.

3. Online Payments
Dave finally has something the rant and rave about. Move aside Steve! With the availability of online payment, you would think that all companies would have “instant-pay” options. Not this week. Dave had two cases of being forced to postpone a payment because of terms and conditions of online bill pay. Tune in and see what the buzz is about.

4. Apple’s Magic Mouse may include multi-touch display in future
OVERKILL! It seems that Apple may be keen on bringing the user experience of the multitouch display from the iPad & iPhone and put it inside the Magic Mouse. The new mouse would be able to display information and allow users to input directly from the mouse such a number keypad. We have some fun with this one!

5. Microsoft releases Attack Surface Analyzer tool
Microsoft has released a free beta version of Attack Surface Analyzer on Wednesday. The tool is currently used internally at Microsoft to catalog and compare the various changes made to Windows during software installations.
If you do any type of application testing, deployments, or diving deep into a registry, be sure to check out this new tool from Microsoft. Highly recommended from Mikee and Steve.

6. Safari and iTunes to become one

Safari for Windows has never worked well. iTunes for Windows has never worked well. So what does Apple decide to do…integrate ‘em into one application and Apple will require that everyone use Safari to access iTunes. Safari has just 4.5% of the overall browser market. Steve and Mikee break this week’s Apple idea down.

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