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  • a1by 4:20 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AT&T, Pricing, Sprint, T-Mobile,   

    AT&T CEO backs metered billing, sees no iPad woes – MarketWatch 

    Other top executives at AT&T, including wireless chief Ralph de la Vega, and Verizon Wireless have recently argued in favored of tiered pricing models similar to how most consumers pay for gas or water usage.

    via AT&T CEO backs metered billing, sees no iPad woes – MarketWatch.

    Two points

    1. This pricing should only be in place if people who really use very little pay very very little.  It’s an arbitrary number, but I think $5 for for 200 MB should be good, $10 for 1GB, $15 – 2GB, $20 – 3GB.  I think you see where this is going.
    2. Users are not locked into a data plan.  So users who use less in a month are good, and in months where they go data heavy they pay for it.

    Sound off what do you think?

     
  • a1by 7:06 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AT&T,   

    RIM CEO pulls an AT&T: “We need to conserve bandwidth” 

    “Manufacturers had better start building more efficient applications and more efficient services. There is no real way to get around this.”

    via RIM CEO pulls an AT&T: “We need to conserve bandwidth”.

    Ultimately, Jim Lazaridis is correct.  Wireless telecom, at least how it is today will not be able to grow total bandwith at an exponential rate.

    Firstly, there is no existing model of ISP that matches wireless.  Current last mile ISPs can provide nearly 50Mbps and eventually gigabit bandwith to the home (see Google http://bit.ly/aONrrF).  Conceivably, the market could demand that the pipe that goes to your house is accessed through some central hub that any ISP can hook into (kind of like that failed DSL experiment) and you simply pick and choose who provides the Internet.  Wireless telecoms own their spectrum and don’t simply allow any wireless carrier to hop onto it.

     
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