Russian Carrier Holds Contest to See Who Can Download the Most 3G Data

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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.

The whole point of all of this, of course, was to show just how complete and capable MegaFon’s network is. The company announced that the second and third place winners came from the small Russian towns of Novgorod and Yaroslavl, a PR move surely meant to demonstrate how far-reaching its 3G coverage is.

While this stunt has certainly garnered MegaFon a lot of press, don’t expect Verizon to start paying you for indulging in an all-you-can-download buffet anytime soon.

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[via The Next Web]