МегаФон makes users compete to use the most data

МегаФон is definitely my kind of network…

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Angry that your carrier put a cap on your data? Maybe you should move to beautiful Russia, where the data flows like caviar and carriers actually encourage people to hog more bandwidth.

That’s what Russian carrier MegaFon did. The company asked people to see how much data they could download on their 3G modems over the course of one week, according to Russian news site C News. The prize for using the most bandwidth: a $5,000 vacation.

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The winner of the trip downloaded a stunning 419 GB of data in seven days, a feat no doubt accomplished by much strenuous sitting and significant eye strain. MegaFon apparently covers 80% of northwestern Russia and handed out a grand total of 1 million rubles ($33,000) in prizes over the contest period between November 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012.

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