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Data Revenues to Surpass Voice by 2014
As SMS and Voice Obviously Just Become Data
by Karl Bode 04:40PM Monday Feb 25 2013
Quite unsurprisingly, the GSMA's new Mobile Economy 2013 report argues that worldwide mobile operator data revenue will exceed that of voice by 2017. In the United States and the UK that timeline is quicker, with data revenues exceeding voice by 2014. That obvious trajectory is of course reflected in AT&T and Verizon's shift to family data plans, where they charge more for data (with $15 per gigabyte overage fees) but offer unlimited voice and SMS services -- since SMS and voice have truly become just data. That said, SMS has held on quite stubbornly in the States (compared to Asia), where carriers are expected to continue making a killing on SMS well into 2015.

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Need CAP on overcharges!

With unreliable meters the wireless broadband industry should be regulated. Very soon the screaming will start when subscribers receive bills in the thousand dollar range. $15.00 per gigabyte is pure gouging.

The same scam was used for voice traffic while it lasted. If a subscriber exceeded their plans voice minutes they would be gouged $0.45 per minute. That was to strong arm the customer into purchasing a plan far in excess of what they needed by FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt). The wireless salesmen stressed that if they exceeded their minute allocation they would pay a kings ransom for one months voice usage, to intimidate them. I saved about $1,800.00 over the last six years, by subscribing to the 700 minute plan and not subscribing to the recommended 1400 minute plan. I never went over my allocation.

It is allot easier to predict voice usage, data usage is a crap shoot as determined by a major investigation. Subscribers are charged different amounts for transferring the same file depending on the number of retransmissions due to the quality of their wireless connection.

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LTE & VoLTE will guarantee data > voice

As more telcos go to LTE and voice becomes data too, this is a foregone conclusion. And as maintenance costs & capital costs continue to increase and data usage increases, costs and prices will rise as well.
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Re: LTE & VoLTE will guarantee data > voice

said by FFH:

And as maintenance costs & capital costs continue to increase and data usage increases, costs and prices will rise as well.

Why would maintenance costs increase? The equipment from what I understand has been getting much more reliable with an emphasis on less hands on needed.

And with data overages and throttling why would that be a factor for and price increases?

That is not to say there is a cost for expansion and upgrade for LTE put that is a normal cost of doing business.

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Re: LTE & VoLTE will guarantee data > voice

said by DataRiker:

said by FFH:

And as maintenance costs & capital costs continue to increase and data usage increases, costs and prices will rise as well.

Why would maintenance costs increase? The equipment from what I understand has been getting much more reliable with an emphasis on less hands on needed.

More frequent updates and more and more towers to maintain on the maintenance side. And on the capital investment size, more towers being built to shrink coverage areas in order to handle more users and more data.
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Re: LTE & VoLTE will guarantee data > voice

Per customer the big two are giving LTE users less data, not more. Both have dropped their unlimited plans altogether.

Furthermore, more customers equals more corresponding revenue to build more towers.