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Mobile data plans get speed limits

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2012, 12:00am

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After weeks of speculation, certain mobile service providers have decided to retain their unlimited data plans - but with limits.

On Monday, CSL, which oversees One2Free and 1010, announced that it will continue to provide unlimited data plans, but when clients use more than five gigabytes of data, internet speed will be reduced.

Mark Liversidge, chief marketing officer of CSL, thinks that 5GB is more than enough for most users. 'Among the 3.2 million local CSL users, only a small portion use more than five gigabytes, so the new arrangement brings little impact to clients,' he said.

Eliza Lee, director-general of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta), said: 'Many people are using less than 0.5 gigabytes a month. They don't want to be shocked by their bills so they end up subscribing to an unlimited data plan to put their minds at ease.'

According to Ofta, the average data usage in October last year

was measured in megabytes per mobile broadband user, far short of 5GB.

SmarTone reacted quickly. It said it would continue to provide unlimited data plans, but users will experience slower internet speeds when their usage exceeds 5GB.

3HK said it will provide contract terms similar to CSL and SmarTone.