Enter the Smartphone Era: Discount Carriers Pushing BlackBerrys

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is coming to MetroPCS. While this normally would be a blip on the radar screen, it does underscore an important reality emerging around us. Eventually, every cellular phone will be a smartphone. House phones are already dying off with entire families choosing to just go wireless. With discount carriers like MetroPCS starting to push BlackBerrys (albeit older models) at prices that are affordable and with unlimited plans for only $60 that include messaging and data, an exciting new world opens up for a lot of people.

While many of us will opt to go for a plan through the big four (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint), these smaller carriers with their attractive prepay plans are gaining ground. Believe it or not, the United States is one of the few countries where cellular plans are so common. Most of the world uses prepay.

The reason why everyone getting a smartphone is so important is because of how it changes human interaction. While certain social norms are still being worked out (like cellular use in college classrooms, texting at dinner, etc.), the smartphone revolution will keep us more informed than ever. Instant access to news, email and media. That is what the future is all about.

As commerce conducted through smartphones keeps increasing, the smartphone just might be a driving factor in economic growth in North America. Consumption of media is on the rise also, even as print slowly dies. People are reading more than ever, just not physical words on a page.

I for one am happy that BlackBerrys are showing up with prepaid plans. The smartphones we get into peoples’ hands, the easier it is for them to do the things that they need and to educate themselves. For some, a smartphone is their only way to access the internet besides their local library. A sad but true fact. Smartphones can become a form of empowerment.

Smartphones really going to help better the world? Happy that you can get a Curve 8530 on MetroPCS? Drop a line and be heard.

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