AT&T CFO Sees Tiered Pricing Future for Carriers
Actually 4G makes this argument an even bigger lie
It would be more accurate to say that the corporate CFO is betting we'll pay more just because he says so. Unfortunately americans have thus far told the big 4 wireless providers in the US that it is OK to do so. Contracts with high (even teired) ETF fees are OK, we want our $800 phones for free, and we'll then pay anything to keep them on the air.
Such a dumb model, I wish we'd become more like Europe, where most pay full price for their phones, and there are enough competitors that true unlimited offe...
Considering LTE offers as many as 10x the data sessions per 10mhz of bandwidth versus hsdpa this argument is actually moot. As we move towards true IP based WWAN networks, IPv6 not withstanding, these arguments hold less and less water.
While you're right about the huge throughput upgrades, you are paying no attention at all to the cost of providing the service.
Actual cost savings per GB delivered under LTE is only about a 50% reduction.
Multiply 10x data speeds with a 50% cost savings, and you'll quickly find that a 4G user running full speed for 2 hours costs the carrier at least FIVE TIMES MORE to service then a 3G customer running full speed for 2 hours.
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Essentially the lack of regulation on what these things should cost vs what the end user is charged has screwed us in the US, with big companies getting richer. Even if Google doesn't end up delivering their fiber to the home as a product, they should spurn someone to realize that data bandwidth shouldn't be so expensive. We could easily be experiencing speeds up to 100x what we c...
The rest of what you mentioned has very little basis to support it. I prefer open-market competition over government regulation whenever possible. I do not believe telecom needs to be financially regulated in the way natural gas and electricity are, because they are not strict monopolies anymore.
The concept of unlimited mobile to mobile on network, or free nights and weekends is also a fantasy.
And tiered data pricing? the Europeans ALREADY HAVE IT.
The "it's better in europe" is seriously a "grass is always greener" argument.
That is if net neutrality doesn't continue to get whittled away at (by rulings like this: http://bit.ly/a7RwGW).
If net neutrality were protected 4G and beyond is more likely to look like this: http://bit.ly/23ZTmY
In fact this ruling ALSO prevents the FCC from forcing a carrier to throttle bandwidth (to improve the experience for more people and allow carriers to expand faster)
Seriously.. people saying that ruling was against net neutrality don't understand our government or legal system.
2) your argument about how much a call costs completely ignore sunk costs (towers and backhaul), Upkeep, and the power needed to keep a signal active. ...
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