Verizon's one-data-plan-for-all-devices could revolutionize mobile data by making it practical to have multiple devices share a plan, and thus encourage users to cellular-equip all their portable appliances.
I'm chomping at the bit for the shared data plan. My family is using 4 Iphones right now, everyone of them has a 2g plan at $30 per phone. The total useage for the whole family has never exceeded 2g in one month.
The problem has been that users have up to now had a per-device plan, and if they got a tablet with it's own plan they reasoned that they probably woudn't use it and the smartphone at the same time. The old system fragmented your available "on-plan" gigabytes across devices. The new system consolidates all the on-plan capacity so ANY device can draw on it. Since most people had been using WiFi for tablets, the carriers hope that those users will now get 3G versions since the devices could share capacity with everything else on the plan.
I'm a WiFi guy for tablets so I'm not personally convinced, but to each his/her own!
Tom, this does make a lot of sense when you consider that people are using more than one device these days. But if people aren't getting data on tablets, why will that change with this new pricing model? It's not a set price, so won't people still be concerned about racking up high data bills?
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
YouTube's move to a partial pay-for-view model could help relieve a dearth of good new content but it could also complicate debates in many parts of the world over payment by content providers for delivery of their material to customers.
That's what Larry Page said on Google's earnings call, referring to the conjunction of mobile and the cloud. Well, let's chart it then! We need to be thinking about an Internet where 90% of our traffic goes to 70 destinations within 40 miles of us.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
To date, smartphone apps have only been able to work with 50Meg chunks of information. Well, recent technical advances have been able to boost that number to 4Gbytes. Consequently, developers will be able to work with more complex data types. But will wireless networks be able to handle the additional traffic?
If RIM has fallen behind, and Microsoft was never there, smartphone-wise, who's keeping them in the game? The mobile operators! Why? Because mobile operators don't want a few giant handsets controlling their destiny.
Google bid on spectrum once, but it can get into the cellular carrier business a cheaper way by becoming a mobile virtual network operator. Since Apple is looking at that approach, we may get our phone service from our handset vendors in the future.
Microsoft's buy of Skype could revitalize Phone 7, give Microsoft a social, gaming, and collaborative strategy, and spell the end for old-fashioned telco voice. It will also certainly give Google a headache in its Voice, Chat, and even Android strategy!
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