Study Finds That There Is No Difference In Usage Between Unlimited Data Plans and Tiered Data Plans

You know when AT&T Started to send out the text messages with the “you’re in the top 5% of the people that use data so we’re going to slow it down” and every American started to get pissed over it? Well, AT&T and other major carriers said it was to save bandwidth usage… a.k.a. charge you an arm and a leg for something that’s completely useless and fake.

A study was conducted by Validas, an analytics firm that analyzed over 50,000 cellphone bills from AT&T and Verizon to see if throttling was actually something that was necessary to save bandwidth. After the study, it turns out that the numbers didn’t really add up. So why do they have the bandwidth caps? According to Validas’s findings, throttling may indeed simply be a ploy to push unlimited users into newer tiered plans – you know, so they can charge you an arm and a leg for the extra bandwidth.

That’s right, if you look at the chart above you can see that regardless of what kind of plan you have, you still use about the same kind of data – or at least you would if AT&T didn’t slow you down.

Subscribers who approach the top 5% of unlimited data users in a single billing period see their data speeds throttled, however, countless users have found that AT&T is now beginning to throttle users after less than 2GB of data usage in a billing period. So yes, you have unlimited data, but they want to literally annoy you into getting the 3GB tiered plan for the same price that you would pay for the unlimited plan – $30 a month. The only difference is that you have unlimited speed all the way to the end… THEN they start to charge you for going over.

It’s like going to Ihop to get unlimited pancakes, sure you may have as many as you want, but we’ll wait 20 minutes between pancakes OR you can get 3 pancakes right away for the same price without a 20 minute wait – if you want more we’ll charge you extra. So the tiered plan is really good for impatient people, but if you can tolerate the speed caps you should be alright.

According to Validas: “When we look at the top 5% of data users, there is virtually no difference in data consumption between those on unlimited and those on tiered plans — and yet the unlimited consumers are the ones at risk of getting their service turned off. So it’s curious that anyone would think the throttling here represents a serious effort at alleviating network bandwidth issues. After all, Sprint does seemingly fine maintaining non-throttled unlimited data for its customers.” Via BGR

For the Next 30 Days Box Will Give you 50GB of Free Storage!

Box, not to be confused with Drop-Box just updated its Android App for the better. If you get the application within the next 30 days, you will bet 50 GB of storage in the “Cloud” for free. No strings attached, you will never have to pay for anything.

Additionally, if you get the app right now, they will increase the max file size from 25MB to 100MP but you have to get it before March 23 at 11:59:59 PM. Check out the video above so you can see how the box can help you and your business / personal life stay connected and organized. I know 50GB doesn’t sound like too much, but it’s definitely worth it, especially when it’s free storage that you can access via your cellphone! Check out Box.net  if you want to learn more about the system. Via MaximumPC

New App Has the Potential to Change the Way Live Music Is Seen.

If someone says that they do not like music, they are undoubtedly compulsive liars or something to that extent. Everyone has at least one type of music that they have to listen to. Many people own an iPod or some other form of mp3 player to keep their music handy, and many also have turned their phones into an active radio.

So, the new app  ThrillCall is right down everyone’s path. It works the same way as the name’s actual website to locate musical performances. The main difference is that having the application handy on a phone at all times will make it so that people can be out and about and just decide to go hear some music. The app works to let people find whoever is playing at that time in their vicinity. They can then purchase tickets right off of their phone.

The app works for the moment to help find local upcoming shows and to find any special offers. It also lets the individual update their social status and let the world know what show they will be attending.

A special feature called “flash” lets individuals find tickets that are for the exact minute or that night. This feature is currently on running for those living in San Francisco at the moment, but hopefully that will change in the future. This app is also only currently available in the Apple App Store, but Android users should be able to start using it in the near future.

With the app’s up to date data and reporting of favorite band events, this app can significantly impact the way that people buy tickets. If the “flash” feature is expanded it will seriously change the way people go see shows because people that are out and just looking for something to do for the night can easily access great music. This has the potential to let more people see a larger amount of live shows.

Foam Ball That Allows you to Play Bowling with your iPhone

At first look I thought, why would anyone want to carry an iPhone in a 1960’s football helmet? And unless you’re extremely clumsy with your items, this over the top extra secure smartphone case is just what you need. It has several inches of padding, it’s large enough that you won’t lose it in between the couch cracks, it looks like a ball so if you DO drop it, it won’t get run over by cars, and lastly, who in their right minds would want to steal a ball?

Well, as it turns out, this is actually an “appcessory” intended for interactive games like bowling or hot potato. The ball is just … a ball made out of foam. There is nothing really special about it. The ball has a cutout for your iPhone, iPod, or Android to fit inside to where it won’t fall out.

This ball is supposed to make games a bit more realistic, like bowling, instead of throwing the ball and swiping your fingers across the screen to make the ball move, you simply roll the ball in one direction and the accelerometer takes care of the rests by translating the motion of the ball into the actual game.

The video above shows people having fun playing all different types of games; they even have a party where the main attraction is the bowling app. If you really want one you’ll have to wait on the pricing or availability, since it was just revealed at Toy Fair, the details are still in the dark. TheO via Chip Chick

iPhone App Lets You See What’s in front of You While You Text

How many times have you been walking and texting down your street and you hit your chin against the tow hitch of a truck? I’ve done that once, and ever since I’ve learned to at least look up after every word. Every time  I text, and walk I’m thinking to my self how much I wish my phone was see through so I could see what’s behind it.

I’ve seen a couple of prototypes made out of glass, but they are expensive and years before they are complete, but luckily, there is an app available for the iPhone on iTunes that costs .99 cents! The app uses your phone’s camera to display what’s behind the phone. The images at the bottom give you a demonstration of how this works. Now you can see exactly where you’re walking while you’re typing.

The only problem with the app is that it has to be manually launched every time you want to send a text, which can be a hassle if you’re only going to send one text to a person. If you’re going to be sending multiple text messages to people, this app can really come in handy. Keep in mind that this app is for texting while walking and not texting while driving, I’ve seen several people who text while driving by having the phone above the steering wheel, and while this app may make that a bit safer, it doesn’t mean you should try it.

Google Started to Crack Down on Android Market Malware

The Google Android App Market Place is amazing, one of its strongest points is how “unregulated it is” unfortunately, this is also one of its weakest points. Unlike the Apple App Store that regulates every single one of the apps that goes into the market, Android devices can download and install just about any application made for the phone. This flexibility and “hack-ability” of the phone makes it the phone of choice for many developers.

As the phone market continues to grow however, so does the number of people that use the phone to conduct business transactions, banking transactions, online shopping, and much more. That’s why Google decided that it was time to add a virtual Bouncer to their market place. The Android Market Bouncer has been working in the back end of the market place since last year. It scans available apps for malware, viruses, and other security threats against the Android users.

This is the first time that Google has cared enough about the market place to really do something about it. When a new app is developed, the application has gone through Bouncer system, the application gets analyzed to see if it contains any type of malware, to include Trojans, spyware, and viruses. To take the security process one step further, the market place Bouncer compares the application to other applications that have caused problems in the past. It also checks how the application is operating and not how the application is “supposed” to operate. Which is a big difference:

Instead of checking the application’s functions – the list that tells you what the application want’s access to – The Bouncer checks how the application behaves in your phone. If it detects something is happening, the bouncer will take care of the problem for you.

Lastly, the application detects new developer accounts to see if the developer is a new developer, or if it’s an old developer who has been banned for creating malware and malicious applications. Google has not released information on how they detect that yet. I can only assume is for security reasons.

The Bouncer app has been working in the background for some time and Google claims that the application has stopped 40 percent of bad and malicious applications. Which makes you wonder how bad the market place is, but regardless, it’s getting safer now! Finally, the market place is starting to become a safer place for everyone. [Img Credit: JD Hancock – Via: Google]

LomoKino Adapter Lets Your Phone Capture 35mm Movies Without an App

Lomography makes awesome still cameras, but they also make an awesome gadget called the LomoKino which is basically an attachment for your iPhone that lets you capture 35mm video with the whole scratchy, grainy, old video of the past. The cool part about the LomoKino is that it doesn’t use an app what so ever, instead it uses a small handle/crank that you have to crank in order to get the retro fix you desperately need.

If you want to get the small adapter you’ll need to go and check out the Lomography website and throw out about $25, You’ll also need to spend about $100 for the LomoKino camera and LomoKinoscope viewer. So this is an expensive set up for a regular hobbiest like me, but if you’re serious about your films, this is a really cool gadget! The video above shows you exactly how to use it and what you can do with it.

Overall, if you really want to take video with a 1950’s feel, this is probably the cheapest way to do it, you could add a 1950’s after effects, but this is a bit more “natural” since your camera will be moving up and down as you crank the wheel. [via The Verge]

Armstar Carrying Case – If Batman had an iPhone Carrying Case, this Would be It!

iPhones have hundreds of different types of tools and awesome kits. You can literally turn your phone into a camera, bottle opener, and even a heart monitor device. But perhaps the best thing that the iPhone is good for, is the ability to take you out of dangerous situations. Let’s just say that if batman had the ability to choose between a carrying case and a CARRYING case, it would be this self-defense arm cover called the BodyGuard.

The carrying case/self defense arm has a stun gun, it has a laser with an HD camera, flash light, defense shield, safety pin,  and most importantly an iPhone dock to update your facebook status as you’re POWING! through the enemies in the midst of battle. They don’t have a price yet, but if you’re very interested in one of these arm bands, you can contact Armstar and they will send you a quote. Via Ubergizmo