Which Unlimited Data Plan is Better – The Downfall of a YouTube star – What Our Kids are Watching Online
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Now that unlimited data plan is back, who has the better deals? Verizon, Sprint, AT&T?
In light of having unlimited access to data, do you know who or what your kids are watching online or who they follow on social media? If you don’t know or haven’t heard of PewDiePie just yet, tune in to find out who he is and why the downfall of this YouTube star is so controversial?
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Airing date: 02/21/2017
Which Unlimited Data Plan is Better Verizon Sprint T-Mobile ATT – The Downfall of YouTube’s Biggest Star – What Our Kids Are Watching Online
Craig Peterson: Hey, I hope you’re having a great day too. We’re gonna talk about something that’s saving us a little bit of money. Yes, indeed, unlimited data plans are back. Thank you President Trump. Getting rid of Wheeler in the FCC is really gonna make a lot of great differences for us as consumers. And we’re gonna talk today about which unlimited data plan’s the best and we’re also gonna talk about the fall of YouTube’s biggest star. Now this is really interesting. And one editor over at BuzzFeed, who has been in fact over to few other places before including, I think he was at… let me just double check before I say it here, Gawker, yes he was. And, of course, they went down. Well he’s kinda blaming this on what he’s calling alt-right, although I think he’s dead wrong on that particular one. I hope you enjoy the daily podcast. And this morning I was on WGIR and, what was that, half a dozen different stations here in the Northeast. And we talked a little bit about what is happening here in the Northeast. One of the TV stations that I’ve been a regular on during the news is gone. Coz the FCC is buying back frequencies. Kinda reverse auction. So we’ll talk a little bit about that maybe but you can go and listen to that interview. I quite a little bit about it as well. It’ll be in my podcast on my website, http://CraigPeterson.com. Alright, here we go.
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That’s a friend of mine from one of these radio stations. His name is Shardan Sandoval. He moved down south. He’s no longer up here in the Great White North. But shout out to Shardan. He did a great job. He probably still does. I don’t know what he’s doing nowadays.
Alright. Let’s talk about our friend here, YouTube’s biggest star, and then we’ll get into the unlimited data plans. But this is a bit of a shock for almost everybody here. This guy, it’s incredible. I read an article about this over on BuzzFeed. And you’ll find that article at http://CraigPeterson.com. You might wanna read it in detail because it opened my eyes a lot and, of course, I know quite a bit about tech. And I have had a lot of broadcast over the years on my own and others. But here’s this guy. His name is PewDiePie. This week, Disney dropped this guy. He’s from Sweden. And the Wall Street Journal raised serious questions about him and anti-Semitic statements he had been making in some of his videos. That was including having some guys over in India make and hold up a sign that said “Kill all Jews”. YouTube also followed suit here and cancelled the upcoming second season of this guy’s web series called Scare PewDiePie. I’m not sure how you pronounce it but it’s incredible when I looked into this a little bit more for a few reasons. First of all, this guy is the number one earner, or was anyways, on YouTube. What does he do? He plays video games. Yes indeed. He sits there playing video games and has a kind of a running commentary going as he’s playing the video games. Now, I’ve never understood this. There’s a website out there called Twitch that I’ve used. I used it for watching FIRST Robotics for instance. I kinda keep up to date on a few different things surrounding FIRST using Twitch, which is live broadcast. And my kids, my son, a 25-year-old son. He sits there and watches other people play video games. Now he doesn’t do that very often, but he does it. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it.
So this guy sits there. Plays video games and talks while he’s playing the video games. And according to Forbes, they estimated this kid is making, or made excuse me, for last year 2016, made $15 million. To play video games. To sit in.
front of his computer and have a running commentary including anti-Semitic remarks. Ok? Now, The Wall Street Journal was so concerned about this that they started an investigation into what’s going on. Trying to understand this. Now, this is the other thing, I think, is amazing here. That this BuzzFeed editor is calling The Wall Street Journal alt-right. And he goes and says that it was a full-scale investigation and major story for the Journal. Really? Really? The Journal’s just trying to figure out what the heck is with kids these days. Why does this guy have 50 million YouTube subscribers? Why is he getting away with anti-Semitic remarks? It’s crazy. And then this former Gawker, he comes out and calls this the rise of white nationalism and fascism in America? What? How is this tied together? This is… it’s none of this sort. This guy, he’s foreigner. He’s not American. He’s Swedish. And the real question to me is why are the kids watching this? What a waste of time, brain power, everything else.
Well, this is just astounding to me, ok? Listen to this. Variety magazine, you know these guys, they reported back in 2014 that this guy is more recognizable than Jennifer Lawrence among 13-18-year-olds. So think back 3 years. Jennifer Lawrence, yeah, involved in some movies of this little trilogy, right? Hunger Games. Among 13 to 18-year-olds. This kid that plays video games, that people are watching play video games and spouting all kinds of garbage, is known by these kids more than anybody else. These kids who are watching him on these little screens. These kids who are ignoring the entertainment culture that we’ve grown up with. They’re ignoring the news. They’re not going online to read the Wall Street Journal or anything else. They’re not watching the evening news. They’re not paying any attention to anything that we think is important. Nothing. They’re not doing research trying to figure out what the truth is. 50 million of them are listening to the trash spewed forth by this PewDiePie guy. Whatever his name is pronounced as. I’m not even bothering to look up how he wants it pronounced.
Now when we look at this a little bit bigger, we’re seeing that these so-called let’s play videos and other video game-based content that’s on YouTube, makes up the majority of all of the high subscriber YouTube channels. What? What’s going on here? Now here’s a quote from him. Again, back 2014, “Many people see me as a friend they can chill with for 15 minutes a day. The loneliness in front of the computer screens brings us together. But I never set out to be a role model. I just want to invite them over to my place.” Isn’t that amazing?
So this guy just, he started going kinda crazy this year here. They found him using racial slur. And it was when he was excited about winning some video game. And then a few days later, he steadily increased his reference to Nazis, Hitler, anti-Semitic topics. The Wall Street Journal found about 9 of these in there. They exploded. They finally exploded. In the sketch, I mentioned in the beginning where he hired a pair of men in India to hoist a sign calling for the death of all Jews. Is this amazing to you? I hope it’s amazing. I hope it’s shocking. You know, the whole idea of the overton window where things that don’t shock us in the future are things that shock us today. In other words, something we find offensive today, in 6 months we’re not gonna find offensive. That’s the overton window. It’s something that’s been used conscientiously by politicians for years to get us used to different things. But it’s being used now online. In fact there’s a 6 month overton window. In other words, our 13 to 18 year olds plus older frankly, but our 13 to 18 year olds, of course the kids we’re more concerned of because they’re in their formative years, those kids today are gonna be shocked by something but in 6 months, they’re gonna consider it commonplace. And that overton window’s going to continue to shift every 6 months. Now that is shocking. That is absolutely shocking to me. We got to understand this. We got to get a handle on this. We got to pay attention to this. Thank goodness the Wall Street Journal did research on this. And I am absolutely shocked. Shocked to see this kind of crap, this story on BuzzFeed. And I can see. I get it. I understand why he was with Gawker. And why Gawker is down, right? We get that now. This is shocking. Shocking. Shame on them. Shame on them for doing this. They don’t understand shame, right? This is the same generation that’s been growing up with participation trophies. It’s shocking alright. Calm down, Craig.
Number 2 here today. Unlimited data plans. Let’s have a quick look at them. Verizon really shook things up with their new unlimited data plan. It’s a very, very good plan. There’s a few things to consider here when you’re looking at the plans. I switched my Verizon plan over to an unlimited offering. A business plan by the way. And it’s always available. I thought it might only be available to consumers. But Verizon, the largest carrier in the country. It came up with a pretty good unlimited data plan. If you use a lot of data it could be worth it for you. T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T all followed up with their own unlimited offerings here.
Ok. So here we go. Sprint 50 bucks a month for a single line. And by the way, Sprint is going to jack your rates in 1 year. They’ve already promised that. So this is just an introductory offer from Sprint. It will increase. It is promotional pricing. It’s gonna go up to at least $60 a month a line. T-Mobile, $70 for a single line. Verizon, $80 for a single line. Now Verizon does have the best network in the nation. You got to check your area because it does vary. It might be better or worse where you live. AT&T is a hundred bucks for a single line. The most expensive. By the way, Verizon, once you get past 2 lines it’s only 20 bucks a month for each additional line. AT&T wants 40 bucks for each additional line. So the winner here, price per line is Sprint for single line. T-Mobile is the cheapest for multiple lines. And Verizon’s pricing is much better than it was for some of the pre-unlimited plans. So have a look at this if you’re a Verizon customer. Really do have a look at it.
Data you can actually use. Of course, none of these are truly unlimited. Each carrier has provisions in their contract that lets them either slow you down or de-prioritize your data. AT&T both put a 22 gig limit per line on data. Sprint has the option of toggling or throttling the 23 gig. And T-Mobile says it won’t consider throttling your data ‘til you hit 28GB of usage. So the winner for unlimited data, the data you can actually use that is, is T-Mobile. Can you tether your phone so that you can use it with your iPad? You know, your tablet or your computer? Well, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile all have 10GB of hotspot data. And on T-Mobile and Verizon, if you go past 10 gig, you’re gonna drop down to 3G data, which isn’t great but Sprint kills you, man. And Sprint drops you back to 2 gig speed if you blow past that 10 gig tethering limit. So if you use tethered, by all means, the winners are T-Mobile and Verizon. And what about video streaming? Verizon declared no limit on video streaming. T-Mobile, you’re gonna have to enable HD video in order to watch hi-def, otherwise, you’re gonna watch 480. They have a binge on a plan which also is a lower quality data. So consider that of you’re using the binge on. And AT&T is also going to default to lower quality stream. So the best choice here for video streaming is really a draw. They all kind of offer more or less the same features. Verizon a little bit better. But you’re using your Verizon data. So, best choice here, based on pricing features, T-Mobile. Has best unlimited plan for most people. You will have to manually enable HD video as I said, depending on where you live and coverage. Could be a lot worse than this with AT&T and Verizon. And so really I would say Verizon is kinda 2nd place. Sprint has a good offer for new customers. But you’re gonna pay a lot more after that introductory year is up. Expect your plan to go way up there. And Verizon’s plan’s often cheaper than what they were charging users’ unlimited plans before. And AT&T has the worst unlimited plan, the most expensive and no ability at all to use tethered data. AT&T, they’re falling way behind there.
Alright. Hope you have a great day. We will chat tomorrow in our daily feature. And check us out online.http://CraigPeterson.com. Take care. Bye.