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So they're currently testing two new approaches. The first one puts a 300GB cap for regular plans, and higher caps for more expensive plans (Blast and Extreme). The second puts a 300GB cap on all plans. Both offer additional data for $10/50GB.
I do heavy Netflix streaming and rarely approach the 250GB soft cap, so I'm not too worried. Last I checked, I was averaging about 60GB per month.
With that said, I'd much rather see throttling for heavy users than a cap with overage charges. It makes more sense from a technological standpoint, since, as you say, the pipe is there. Total monthly amounts are absolutely meaningless. Still, the overage price is reasonable. In fact, I wish the cell providers would start lowering their prices. The best deal right now is T-Mobile's prepaid 100minute/unlim text/5GB before throttling plan for $30. That's $6/GB. Comcast's is only $0.50/GB.