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4G networks like "handful of magic beans"?

A new report from the group Public Knowledge warns consumers that new, faster, 4G wireless service may not be as magical and amazing as it seems. Not because the network itself isn't magical and amazing, but because wireless plans with data limits won't let you experience all that amazing-ness.

From the report: "These data caps actively discourage the types of activities that 4G enables. Activities that are made possible by 4G, such as watching movies or uploading video to the internet, are made impossible by the data caps. As a result most users will avoid taking advantage of these new services out of fear of incurring large overage fees. That makes capped 4G little more than a bait and switch, like being sold a handful of magic beans."

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Adriene Hill is a senior multimedia reporter for the Marketplace sustainability desk, with a focus on consumer issues and the individual relationship to sustainability and the environment.
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