Vodafone: peer-to-peer allowed on limited plans, not on unlimited

Earlier today, Vodafone announced their mobile data plans for the iPad. Options for users included 250MB, 1GB, 4GB, and unlimited.

With an unlimited plan available, one of the things we expected was a harsh fair use policy. Interestingly, Vodafone has come back to us with the news that the unlimited plan is an unlimited plan with no maximum on the amount of data available to upload and download.

While there isn’t a fair use policy that we can find to confirm, Vodafone has told us that the only thing you can’t do on the unlimited plan is use peer-to-peer (P2P) functionality, something that is detailed in its terms and conditions.

You can, however, use it on any of the other plans Vodafone is making available.

Vodafone told us that “consumers can choose how to use their data” on its other plans (250MB, 1GB, 4GB) meaning that you aren’t restricted on those plans.

Given how peer-to-peer is making it into software not just limited to file sharing, the P2P limitation is a little surprising on an unlimited plan. We’ll be curious to see whether this limitation affects users attempting to watch TV over peer-to-peer (P2PTV) using applications such as “TVUPlayer” when the iPad comes out.