The Math of Unlimited

If one were to try to boil down what I say into a handful of specific sound-bites, one of those bites near the top would probably be, “Nobody needs unlimited anything.” Today, I’m going to explain why I say this by showing you the math behind unlimited mobile services, how finite they actually are, and how worthless that promise actually is.

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Although today’s post does not directly address technologies most of you will directly manage in your day to day lives, it is a subject matter that addresses some of the unforeseen risks of doing business with a provider that promises “unlimited” services, a subject I briefly touched on in my second post.

Over the past few months in my spare time, I’ve taken to help support my synagogue in matters most technical. Some of these jobs have involved data management, hardware procurement, support… but the biggest job has been taking on and overhauling their website, which had been static page content up until the beginning of this year, and replaced with a decent, but barebones WordPress install by our worship leader that hasn’t had near the content as the original site since going live. For bigger site development like this, I prefer Joomla over WordPress for a variety of reasons, but that’s neither particularly here nor there.

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Dial S for Savings

Yesterday, Mr. Money Mustache posted his long anticipated article covering his cell phone savings switch to Airvoice Wireless. It was an excellent article in that it helped inspire a great deal of savings for a lot of people. I also did something that I don’t normally do, which is read and post to the article comments section. Normally, I hang out and keep my assistance contained to the MMM forums as it’s a bit more of a one-to-one exchange of information instead of a bit of a free-for-all, but this was a special occasion.

While trying to help answer what questions I could, I noticed a few themes crop up overall in the comments. The biggest ones being an unhealthy attachment to people’s phones with the illusion of needing “unlimited” service, the misunderstanding of how prepaid service works, and a lot of Canadians wanting options. My first series of posts are going to try and fill in some of those gaps for those people needing it.

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