Palm Inc. has dropped the unlimited use option from its Palm.Net service. Hereafter, the most expensive plan allows the user to transfer 1 MB of data each moth for $40. Previously, that same $40 allowed unlimited data transfers.
According to Palm, 1 MB is sufficient to download 250 emails or about 100 web views. Any data transfers above this limit will be charged at 8 cents per KB.
The Palm.Net service is for the Palm VII series and the i705. These use the Mobitex Wireless Network owned by Cingular Wireless. It was created for digital pagers and doesn’t offer voice service.
The company’s newest wireless handheld, the Tungsten W, runs on GPRS wireless networks and isn’t affected by this change. This model is already available in Europe and expected to be released in the U.S. in the near future.
As of now, people starting a new Palm.Net service plan or renewing an old one will have the option of paying $40 a month for 1 MB data transferred, or $20 for 100 KB. Those willing to sign a one year contract can get the 1 MB for $35 a month. Of course, those who have already signed up for a one-year unlimited access plan will continue to have unlimited service until the contract is up.
“The plan change reflects additional costs from our wireless service provider, so we are more or less just passing it on,” a Palm spokesperson told Cnet. He went on to say that only 4% of Palm.Net subscribers use more than 1 MB each month.