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ricklerre

join:2009-06-22
Brooklyn, NY

What's their new business model?

Begin business model discussion :

at&t's iphone plan is something like this right now:

$30/month data
$40/month for 450 minutes, $100/month for unlimited (with intermediates)
$20/month for unlimited text

now, I assume the sms is not affected in any way,apple already replaced it with free e-mail, and sms will die a long slow death at its current price.

It seems though, that they're going to have to shift the "basic access toll" from charging minutes to charging data.

I would bet that the price will have to move to something like
$70/month for basic access, ~10GB data cap and 1000 minutes voice
+$10/month unlimited voice (SMS?)
+$20/month unlimited data or higher data cap

What do you all think? I figure at the very least this is good for ending the cross-subsidization that was appearing on the wireless networks...


openbox9
Premium
join:2004-01-26
Germany
kudos:2

Metered billing per byte instead of per minute.


bemis

join:2008-07-18
Reading, MA
Reviews:
·Comcast

said by openbox9:

Metered billing per byte instead of per minute.
Awesome...

DS0 (uncompressed digital telephone line) are spec'd at 64Kb/s ... let's give them the benefit of the doubt and assume a full duplex connection requires 64Kb/s in each direction ... further let's assume they begin spinning the byte meter forward for both upload and download transfers...

128Kb/s = 960KB/min ...
5GB = 5,242,880KB

So my 5GB cap nets me over 5400 minutes per month of full-rate, uncompressed, full-duplex talk time.