If you’ve been to my blog before, you may have noticed that every two years, around spring, I tend to get a little excited. Phone contact renewal time! And if played well, that usually means a “free” new phone. This time around however, with the recession and all, I’m looking to get a cheaper contract instead. This is also partly because I’m still very happy with my HTC Desire. One of the operators I’m looking at is “Hollands Nieuwe“, but I found that their plans have a nasty “catch”.
With Hollands Nieuwe, all data sessions are rounded of to 100kb. This means that every time your iPhone checks a single email address, 100kb of data is substracted from your monthly data allowance. In my case, the following is what would probably happen.
- Let’s say I’m out for 12 hours.
- My phone has Tweetdeck, Wordfued and Gmail active (the essentials).
- Let’s assume the average interval between checks is 15 minutes.
- That means: 3 apps x 4 times X 12 hours = 144 sessions.
- That then amounts to 14.4 MB of data use.
- That’s roughly 1 day worth of data based on their largest plan.
- Even if I received zero emails, tweets and words in that time.
I emailed Hollands Nieuwe’s support desk, and they confirmed that this is indeed how it works. They suggested I use wifi.
What strikes me most about this is how really terribly unfair this is. If you’re going to offer a data connection, charge for data actually used. Notifications and syncing are just how the mobile internet works. It’s how everyone wants to use it. It seems like Hollands Nieuwe is consciously trying to screw you over by imposing this weird rule. It’ll make your go over your limit, which means more money for them.
If you’re using your smartphone to keep up to date with your email, facebook and such, I’d recommend staying away from Hollands Nieuwe.