Carriers will change tablet plan pricing to offset the Wi-Fi-only trend
0. phoneArena 20 May 2011, 20:50 posted on
Analysts say that carriers will have to change the pricing models of their tablets, in order to avoid being bypassed by Wi-Fi-only models; carriers in Europe and the US are considering such changes...
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1. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Great idea! With wifi tabs taking some space the best would be to be considered a better option that wifi an tether plan go Orange! Show them why I'm in love with you
2. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
I think this would be a pretty good idea, however I don't entirely think having a tablet on a contract with a cell network is at all necessary unless it is the only source of internet. There are 3g and 4g hotspots that are very portable and logically make more sense to me than paying for a 'subsidized' tablet on a contract. Take the moto xoom for example, on contract it is 599.99 and you're locked into a contract, but you can get a wifi only model with no contract for the same price, and if you must have data connectivity to a cellular network you can get a hotspot or use a hotspot feature on your smartphone. Personally I can justify signing a contract to a more versatile mobile hotspot or spending a little extra on a hotspot feature than locking myself into a contract with a tab that will be outdated in no time.
3. reply to beatles (unregistered)
Most of the time when I sell a tab with a plan to somebody its to replace a mifi or hotspot. Example you can buy a 3g mifi and tether your laptop or tablet and sign up with a minimum of 50 per month (since they just a few days ago got rid of 35 dollar plan with verizon) or you can buy a tablet and have an option for $20, $35, $50 or $80 dollar plan and use the tablet for portability or turn that in itself into a hotspot to tether your laptop. If you're already lugging around your laptop it's not much to toss the tablet in the bag with it. Thats the main reason I've been seeing lately. otherwise I agree with you, (btw, i know the ipad doesnt turn into a hotspot. I am talking about the android tabs.)
4. Gcombs (unregistered)
They need to do something, If you live here in Minneapolis where the city offers free wifi connectivity for everyone who needs a data plan for a tab.
5. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
anyone that has an android phone has no need for a carrier plan. All androids are capable of wifi hotspots. :)
suck it apple!! lol
8. EvoHero (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 May 2011)
Indeed. And many androids can be rooted to unlock that hotspot.
7. Camden (unregistered)
The solution is simple - let me simply pay a $10 dollar add-a-line fee to have the tablet added to my account and share my data plan with my phone. I'm more likely to purchase a more expensive data package, and the carriers get to collect a reasonable $10/mo revenue boost.