Gizmodo had this article about cellular carriers abandoning unlimited data plans. In the comments, several people bragged about being grandfathered into unlimited data plans and how they used 17 GB of data last month, or in one case, 22 GB. Who are these people? Do they not have Wi-Fi anywhere in their immediate vicinity? I'm the rare customer who actually likes AT&T's network, and I've rarely had problems with 3G coverage in New York. It's slower than Wi-Fi, but it's fairly reliable. Even so, I'd rather wait to listen to streaming radio until I'm in my apartment or office (both of which have abundant Wi-Fi coverage on fat Internet pipes) than listen to a stream while walking around outside. And forget downloading music or apps while I'm out: I do that stuff indoors, in Wi-Fi, too.
The problem, as always, is that a small number of network users consume the most bandwidth, making it harder for the carriers to support the rest of us who use our phones sensibly. I hope that these carrier issues will someday be a thing of the past, as Wi-Fi and WiMAX and other broadband wireless technological advances make it easier to get online anywhere. Until then, if you believe Gizmodo, guard your unlimited data plan with your life. Or if you're like me, get a home Internet connection, leave the house with all the music you'll ever need, and don't worry about it.