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FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to kickass69

Re: That lovely competition...not.

said by kickass69:

There's no incentive here to get a smartphone much less a tablet between the majors and other providers who do this. Let's all just copy each other vs actually competing and offering a better deal. Easily better off with a flip/basic phone still.

I don't get the logic of a USB modem only $20/mo where the user can more easily use a lot of data. And a smartphone at $40/mo where less data would be used.
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JasonOD

@comcast.net

said by FFH:

I don't get the logic of a USB modem only $20/mo where the user can more easily use a lot of data. And a smartphone at $40/mo where less data would be used.

That pricing provides the biggest revenue and is a deterrent for abuse ('bud-share-a-line'), and is in-line with what big T and VZ charge for adding smartphones to a plan. Charging by the bucket takes care of any scaling modem usage.

navalpatel

join:2003-07-28
Richardson, TX
reply to FFH

1. Phones are a necessity. The wireless telcos know that at the end of the day, the vast majority of their customer base is with them because they need a means to stay in contact - whether by voice or text. Yes, phones have the ability to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages as well (vs. a tablet or USB modem), but the fact is that people can live without their tablets being always connected. As for USB modems, since tethering won't be an add-on any longer and it will just come from the same bucket of available bytes, for those that need to use their other devices while on the go, they could just connect through a wifi hotspot on their phone.

2. For those customers that prefer the convenience of having an always connected device without having to tether, the likelihood of these customers going over and accruing overages is just icing on the cake for the wireless telcos.