Changing Wireless Plans to Benefit more Consumers

Carrier companies are currently in the process of experimenting and changing their wireless plans and for good reason. Consumers are looking for ways to save on their Internet access for their mobile device. There are some who may think little of their monthly connectivity charges, sometimes amounting to $30 or more. For those who do not use their mobile devices as much, $30 may be a waste of a service they do not fully use.

Various telecom companies are rethinking their strategies to get more consumers to purchase services from them. One of the ideas is for carriers to provide hotspots for mobile devices where a number of devices and access the Internet for a single monthly subscription price. This would be similar to how hotspots for laptops work. One key problem is how to control the amount of bandwidth that these mobile devices use. Mobile devices have varied widely in terms of bandwidth, some use a lot while others use little. Telecom companies will have difficulty providing services for the variety of mobile devices available and still maintaining a high level of revenue.

Approximately 2/3 of consumers are looking for gadgets which have connectivity features. With using hotspots, it allows consumers to select which devices to use instead of forcing them to purchase a separate subscription for each device. In providing Wi-Fi hotspots for smartphones and other mobile devices, they need not worry of being limited to one particular service provider such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint or T-Mobile.

Verizon Wireless is currently experimenting on this idea with the plan known as the Palm Pre Plus. At present, it is only made available in the US and will hopefully provide either Wi-Fi which is effective for a dual-wide area with 3G or a 4g network connection capability. With mobile hotspots, consumers can save more by sharing the cost of a subscription to several devices. Whether telecom companies agree is something consumers will have to watch out for.

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