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BT Must Rethink Data Allowance With 1Gbps Broadband Service

It is ironic that when Internet Service Providers like BT or Verizon provide us with promises of superfast, 1Gbps broadband, they, at the same time, put so much restrictions that it no longer becomes fun.

The 1Gbps test being carried out in Kesgrave, Suffolk, will show the " maximum speed capabilities of BT's fiber-to-the-premise product" and set the foundations for a service that will be 10 times faster than BT's current product (which we presume is copper based ADSL, not the new Infinity).

BT is set to launch the ultrafast broadband service next year as it plays catch up with archrival Virgin Media and expects to rolll fibre-optic broadband to two thirds of UK premises within the next four years.

Strangely enough though, even with faster services like Infinity, BT operates a "per GB" meter. 40GB worth of data (download and upload) will cost you a whopping £19.99 per month plus you will have to pay for the BT line and the activation fee.

At BT's top line speed, a user should be able to max out his monthly allocation within three hours. BT says that "If you constantly go over your usage guideline, we will charge you for your extra usage" which is a tad unfair.

But there's even worse, US-based PC Magazine reports that Verizon's new 4G LTE service is so fast a user can use up his entire data allowance in 32 minutes, 5GB, at a cost of $50.