With all due respect, I think you need to look deeper for the cause of the problem in misleading advertising by so many host companies. Their attitude and philosphy are the reason why so many of them lie. They don't care about good customer service, they just want to fleece as much money out of their customers as possible, and move on to the next batch.
Their lies are actually helpful. They make it easier to distinguish these companies from the reputable ones out there, especially for those of us who have already had a bad experience or two.
There are reputable companies that start out by copying terms they see used frequently and soon learn why they shouldn't, and it's probably these types of companies you are thinking about. The one Felix works for is one of these. The first posts about them, by their C.E.O., garnered some criticism about them, including by me. Their site had the same lies as many others, including the big one (unlimited bandwidth). They seemed like so many other companies, which is far from being a compliment.
They have changed their site since in an effort to refrain from misleading customers. Again, their attitude is the reason why. If they were what they seemed to be initially, like so many other charlatan companies, they would not have sought to improve.
Ultimately, it's about a business philosophy rather than terminology. There is a plethora of companies who will promise anything and everything, from unlimited bandwidth for just a few dollars a month, to a one time hosting fee for a lifetime of service. Some customers make themselves into victims by ignoring the adage "caveat emptor" and believing even the wildest of claims.
Fortunately, there are some host companies out there who rise above all that and deal with their customers openly and honestly. They are in it for the long haul, not the short run for a quick buck. Such companies take longer to find, and are well worth the effort.
[This message has been edited by Duster (edited 05-29-2000).]