With the increase in mobile data consumption, unlimited rates began to appear so that we could not worry about the use we make of the Internet on our mobile phones. Some months you spend more and others you spend less, but you always have the maximum speed without worrying about how many gigabytes you have already spent and how many days are left until it is renewed. All this generally added to the possibility of having free calls without individual pricing.
However, Not all that glitters is goldbecause there are a couple of operators that promote as unlimited rates two that are not.
False unlimited rates in Movilfly
The Organization of consumers and users has analyzed the market in search of differences between what is promoted and the fine print of the unlimited rates of some virtual operators.
For example, they focus on the case of mobilefly, an MVNO that offers coverage to all of Spain. This operator has several mobile-only rates, the main deception being the call Long Legs Plus.
When we enter your tab on the Movilfly website We can see that it is promoted in the header with the slogan “Your mobile with unlimited data and calls” and all for a competitive price of 26.90 euros per month.
However, it is not so. It really is a continuation of the Long Legs 50 (50 GB) and Long Legs 100 (100 GB) rates, since a few lines below we see that they tell us what the catch is: “You will have unlimited data (up to 250 GB) per month to browse on your mobile, but if you consume your gigabytes, you can continue browsing at a speed of 16 Kbps totally FREE”.
The speed at which the service works once you finish the gigabytes of the rate that should be called Long Legs 250 means that we are going to lose the vast majority of the benefits of using mobile data, so we cannot consider it to be a unlimited use, but simply a large number of gigabytes per month that, although they should be enough for very intensive use, are not infinite as such.
For comparison, we consider that since January 11 all Movistar rates have unlimited data because once those included in the bonus are exhausted, Movistar has established that customers they will continue browsing unlimited at a maximum speed of 2 Mbps at no additional cost. This is more than enough for other types of uses, such as watching even high-definition video.
“Movistar customers will be able to continue browsing unlimited, at a speed of 2 Mbps, at no additional cost in national territory until the new billing period.”
This “reduced” speed allows you to upload and download images from social networks, watch streaming video from your mobile, check files in the cloud, send WhatsApp, surf the internet, and shop online.
Parlem also gives a pig for a poke
Another virtual operator, which in this case uses the Yoigo network, offers in his web page a rate that is literally called “Unlimited GB” and is promoted as “GB and UNLIMITED CALLS* to national landlines and mobiles, with call establishment included” for 29 euros per month.
Although they do not hide it much, we see the fine print shortly after, where they explain the content of the previous asterisk: “Browse 150 GB at maximum speed, once more than 150 GB the browsing speed will drop to 16 Kbps. Check the reasonable use policy”.
Again, it matches one of the worst minimum speeds on the market. There are really many operators that continue to provide reduced service once the data runs out, without extra cost, but that is not why they call themselves unlimited rates.
Parlem’s, no matter how much it is called GB Unlimited, is it really a fee of 150 GB per month which complements those of 12 GB, 25 GB and 50 GB that go down at the same speed once those gigabytes are consumed at maximum speed.
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