Interesting, smartphone users in other countries (US, Germany, France and Japan) prefer to connect via the mobile network.
- Other stats: 30% would prefer to pay for a fixed amount of data and then pay addition usage charges once they have reached the limit.
- Half the smartphone owners subscribe to less than 1Gb of data and only a fifth of respondents subscribe to unlimited data package.
What I find irritating about mobile operators is that they wish to charge users a different additional tariff for tethering another device (for me, a laptop or a netbook) to their mobile phone. I tether these device infrequently to my phone, but when I do, it is very useful, but my usage isn't predictable enough to justify the expense - particularly when swinging off someone's wi-fi usually works.
Naturally, mobile operators don't want to offer unlimited data - this resources isn't infinite. Such a policy is madness, as I have blogged a long time ago:
- Orange (at last) has a common sense data plan (April 2007)
- 3 launches X-Series - Mobile Broadband bundle - when will they learn?? (November 2006)
However, I would like to use what has been contracted without any gotcha clauses! David Halstead, technology, media and telecommunications partner at Deloitte in Cambridge recommends:
Mobile operatios should offer their customers a seamless connectivity experience including Wi-fi hotspots that their customers can use when they are out and about.
Hmm, this concept is known as fixed mobile convergence and has been around for ages!
Article first seen on Cambridge Network.