We are in the golden era of mobile technology, and the industry isn’t resting on its laurels. While Apple may have started this industry on a new path, its reign at the top may soon be over.
There’s bad news if you’re a heavy usage 4G data consumer with a contact on Boost Mobile, the company is to begin throttling your connection on January 20 if you breach the limits.
Over the course of the last 6 months, carriers in the US have begun doing unlimited data plans to compete for customers who use a lot of data. Following examples by Sprint and T-Mobile, US Cellular now has their own unlimited 4G LTE plan with an option to add tethering.
With Sprint looking to merge with Softbank and Clearwire, it might not be too long until we see the US carriers’ rankings really shaken up. Add that to the looming “T-Metro” deal, and Verizon and AT&T, the current leaders by number of subscribers, truly have something to be afraid of.
Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, claims that unlimited data “is going by the wayside” as he discusses Verizon’s new Share Everything plans.
As our data demands grow, the carriers are moving the goalposts once again. The new shared data plans from AT&T and Verizon want to meter your data usage. A lot of people are wondering why there’s no data-only plan available on the market. Well, you can rest assured that it’s coming soon, but will it be affordable? Not if the major carriers have a say.
For many cellphone users, unlimited mobile data plans have gone the way of the dinosaur. Carriers such as Verizon and AT&T have both dropped such offerings. So, where do you go if you truly want all-you-can-eat data? It seems that T-Mobile may be the savior for those that use massive amounts of bandwidth each month. T-Mobile recently announced it would start offering a truly unlimited nationwide 4G data plan, which officially starts today. The best part is there are no data caps, no speed limits and no extra fees thrown for consuming large portions of data.
Can you still get unlimited data? Despite AT&T and Verizon introducing metered data plans where families share a bucket of data, Sprint is offering a simple unlimited everything plan with as much data as you can eat. The company’s latest ad pokes fun at the competition.
T-Mobile has announced today that it will soon start offering a truly unlimited data plan. Owners of a T-Mobile subsidized device will need to pay $30 on top of their plans, while “value” plan users pay $20. But there’s a catch!
The data-only future has been predicted for many years, with the rise of Skype and other similar VOIP applications. But in most cases, carriers tried to hold these apps from gaining popularity, because they were still making a lot of money from Voice and SMS, services that are priced at something like 1000x the cost of sending data through the network. Carriers can maintain such prices because there isn’t any real competition from disruptive players, all carriers being perfectly content with overcharging their customers at blistering rates. But now we’re seeing more people move to data-based applications and away from…