AT&T 'Working On' Shared Data Plans
getting to the point where some may say "just forget about data"
How long would McDonalds stay in business if they tried to implement a 'everybody gets unlimited Big Macs' pricing model?
The only fair way to apportion a finite resource is to make the people who use more of it pay more, i.e. a tiered plan.
You can't promise unlimited usage of a limited resource.
T Bone said:
Let's be clear about that okay, mobile broadband is a FINITE resource, you cannot possibly promise that everyone gets an infinite amount of it.
The bandwidth is already limited by the connection speed, and by the number of days in a month. If a device can handle 2MB/sec, it's limited to 2x3600x24x31=5.4 GB/month.
Now, 3G max data rate is closer to 20MB/sec. Which means, if you start selling 3G devices, you better have a network that can handle the traffic. But nobody has such a network, and 😢 poor AT&T really, really needs the money...
So they use every trick they can to get the as much money as they can - including selling the high-speed devices their network can't handle, charging...
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