Monday, April 09, 2012

Smart phone video use is becoming expensive for consumers; pricing doesn't keep up with smartphone technology


Brian X. Chen has a major “Business Day” article in the New York Times Monday, “A Ballooning Megabyte Budget”, link here

The widening use of 4G phones has led many consumers to exceed their data limits quickly, and the telecommunications industry doesn’t seem to have a handle on how to price its services to match the explosion in mobile and cellular wireless technology.

It can cost about $100 to watch 5 films through wireless devices.  Cable-based services are generally much more generous with limits (or before starting to slow down data).  

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