It's a familiar complaint: you're only part way through the month and you've already used up your download limit, leaving you with either a slow shaped connection or big excess usage fees. But just how large an allowance do you need? Is 1TB more than enough for most of us?
Terabyte picture from Shutterstock
I'm musing on this after iiNet chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby raised the issue during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit yesterday. When asked if iiNet would offer an unlimited plan, Dalby noted that there wasn't much demand for iiNet's largest plans as it is:
iiNet already offer a 1TB plan and less than 5% of our customers have signed up for it. If the demand increases and costs keep falling, we'll keep reviewing our plans and consider offering more quota.
As other commenters pointed out, the fact that iiNet divides allowances into peak and off-peak periods makes comparisons with other providers tricky. It's also probably true that many people would like to have an unlimited plan, but don't want to pay the price associated. The 1TB plan from iiNet costs $100 a month on a naked plan.
Carriers that do offer "unlimited" plans generally rely on most users not actually downloading enormous quantities, and usually include a "fair use" clause that lets them boot off excessive downloaders.
Still, I'm wondering: who out there amongst Lifehacker readers actually needs 1TB a month at home? Tell us in the comments. (And for more of Dalby's comments on the NBN and piracy, check out Gizmodo's roundup.)
Steve Dalby AMA [Reddit]