Future timeline for netinfo API: * API allows distinction between cell/wifi * Authors serve lower quality but smaller content to cell users…— Jake Archibald (@jaffathecake) March 3, 2014
This is inevitable, and a terrible idea. It is based on two major assumptions:
- Cell connections are slower than Wifi connections
- Cell connections are unmetered and Wifi connections are not
These are both often wrong. My office sits in a cell signal black spot. I'm lucky to get one bar of 3G. Sadly, the wifi isn't up to much either (this isn't a problem as almost all my work goes over ethernet).
If, on the other hand, I walk 200 meters to the east, I find myself with a nice 4G signal that is (last time I measured it) 42 times faster than the wifi.
Since I'm with 3, that 4G is “all-you-can-eat”.
As for the second assumption, doesn't take much effort to find a home broadband package with a usage cap.