dslreports logo
site
 
    All Forums Hot Topics Gallery
spc

spacer




how-to block ads


Search Topic:
uniqs
140
share rss forum feed

tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS

fragmented markets & future regulation

millions of people have switched from wired networks to wireless on the hopes of an unlimited tier remaining cost effective... once that's out of the picture, many of these consumers will primarily only want to buy talk & text plans.. if sprint kills unlimited, then there is zero incentive for any other company / mvno to offer it..

the wildcard is will millions of consumers be pissed off enough to throw down the anti-trust gauntlet of regulatory reform?

these companies are hell-bent on spending billions of dollars to upgrade a network as a usage bases data system.. but IMO consumers won't come at super high prices.. they'll be forced by consumer attrition to lower the prices-- or let the billions of an oversupply in data wither on the vine unused. add to this the 6 strikes plan of anti-piracy censorship, it should make for some fun downturn in the wireless industry...


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

Rates have been rising for a while now along with the addition of subscribers. The carriers will find the sweet spot of pricing versus customer defections. Don't worry about the carriers


PastTense

join:2011-07-06
united state
reply to tmc8080

said by tmc8080:

millions of people have switched from wired networks to wireless on the hopes of an unlimited tier remaining cost effective... once that's out of the picture, many of these consumers will primarily only want to buy talk & text plans

No. People are overwhelmingly moving to smartphones. And for this they need 1Gb to 2GB of data per month--they are not going to talk & text plans.

hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Not totally true. Studies have been done where most people use LESS than 1 and 2gigs per month. Karl even blogged about it a few weeks ago.


tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY
Reviews:
·ooma
·Optimum Online
·Verizon FiOS
reply to PastTense

said by PastTense:

said by tmc8080:

millions of people have switched from wired networks to wireless on the hopes of an unlimited tier remaining cost effective... once that's out of the picture, many of these consumers will primarily only want to buy talk & text plans

No. People are overwhelmingly moving to smartphones. And for this they need 1Gb to 2GB of data per month--they are not going to talk & text plans.

The average consumer WOULD easily consume 1-2gb of data sitting at a WIFI hotspot for a couple of hours just web browsing and streaming video/multimedia content everyday vs prorated over 30. The fact that they don't only proves that smarphone plans by the big carriers are overpriced. Smart phones have full capability to utilize data features over wifi, except most, if not ALL carriers won't let you subscribe to just unlimited talk/text plans w/ smart phones. GIVE CONSUMERS THAT CHOICE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS! Only very recently has TRACFONE got a handset that let's you have the wifi feature-- but it's not a smartphone (aka android, bb, win-ph, or i-phone).