What's their new business model?
Begin business model discussion :
at&t's iphone plan is something like this right now:
$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...
said by openbox9:Awesome...
Metered billing per byte instead of per minute.
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.