Unmetered / Unlimited email accounts, domains and so on are usually very reasonable. It just means you can create however many email addresses you want and host as many domains/websites as long as it is within your storage and bandwidth restrictions.
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I agree with hooba, unmetered e-mail accounts are fine, its the unlimited bandwidth accounts that are less than truthful. In all reality it would still be a metered account in the sense that if you managed to use up all your alloted diskspace in email accounts then your account would no longer work, but the likelyhood that you would do this is very slim.
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Usually means they dont put a limit, but if your site pulls a bunch of resources your done for. Hope this helps.
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Odd, I've never seen the phrase unmetered used with email accounts. Unlimited would make more sense - unless I'm missing something you should tell them to rethink their marketing.
Unmetered bandwidth (a more common term) means they're not monitoring your bandwidth usage and won't bill you for overages, you're simply limited by the capacity of the port speed (which may or may not be rate-limited or oversold).
Because there will always be constraints of network capacity, unmetered does not mean unlimited. You will either hit a cap (a rate-limit on the switch or maximum port capacity), or the network will be sold to many clients that other subscribers steal your bandwidth from you. Typically the common indication that bandwidth is not oversold is the phrase 'dedicated bandwidth', though more often than not this is also a sham from what I've seen. A better indication of trouble is usually price (ie. when 100mbps of bandwidth sinks under $1000 - or a similar ratio - be wary). Lots of sly little tricks go on in the hosting industry - you'll get better at spotting them with time, but unlimited email accounts shouldn't be one of them.
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I have always found that you sometimes actually pay more at "UnMetered" hosts because of hidden fees. Usually get bitten pretty hard by these places because of overages. There may be a few hosts that advertise UnMetered services that are actually ok, but for the most part is seems to be an advertising gimmick.
When it comes to Quality Hosting, I believe as I think most will agree, you usually get what you pay for.
I've notived several hosting companies offering "unmetered" e-mail pop accounts, domains, and other stuff. What does this mean? Is this a scam?
Unmetered refers to bandwidth. e-mail pop accounts and domains are termed unlimited. Concerning unmetered, they don't charge by the amount of bandwidth that you use. Basically, unmetered is a virtual "pipe" that can carry only so much and there are a lot of people on it. It means that it traffic loads will determine response times. They also restrict how much you can put in the pipe at time by restricting the speed of your connection to the pipe. The faster the connection, the more you pay. Then there is normal where you pay to reserve bandwidth for yourself. In theory, they simply allow fewer people to connect to your "pipe", so there is less chance of slowdowns. Then there is premium which in theory means they allow fewer connections to your pipe than normal, and thus you are likely to experience fewer slowdowns, even during higher traffic periods. Pipes cost money. Traffic costs money.
Next, there is fact vs. hype. There is nothing to prevent the only difference between unmetered, normal, and premium from being the price. Concerning the advertised bandwidth per month, they are betting you won't use it all, and if you do, charge crazy overage fees. If you stay just below the max every month, they will sooner or later cite you for abuse and get rid of you because they didn't budget to have you use the resources advertised. The numbers are to get you in the door. If they can't make money on you, they show you the door. So this is very much a buyer beware area not much different that cell phone plans. You get free roaming on some cell phone plans too, but after 3 months of that, you will get a call.
Advertising more bandwidth and disk space per account than they can provide is a good thing. While they could not possibly make good on it if everyone used their allotted amount, it is like sharing unused minutes on a cell phone plan. One month you may use your phone a lot, and the next month someone else. How well the provider balances this while remaining within customer expectations, can best be determined here by learning from the experiences of others.
Last edited by IT_Architect; 09-23-2006 at 09:44 AM.
yes, unmetered is you can create as much account and use how much bandwidth you like. It's actually not unlimited. It's restricted to the space the server have. But It's impossible someone need "unlimited" space for their website. Unless there're huge website such as google o yahoo.
It amazes me how often folks get these two terms confused. I am surprised to hear that companies are marketing "unmetered" emails, dbs, etc - this only serves to make them look stupid in the long run, as they're playing on the ignorance of their market.
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