Many People Ready To Go Mobile Only, Maybe
from the can-you-hear-me-here? dept
LetsTalk (who is hardly an unbiased party) has come out with a study showing that, if coverage were a little better and prices were a little lower, a large percentage of people would be willing to ditch their landlines for mobile phones. Basically, what they’re saying is “if my mobile phone works as well as my home phone, sure I’d ditch my landline.” This isn’t all that surprising, though, the folks behind the study obviously want to make it seem like it’s big news. The more interesting aspect of the study may be the footnote in the article claiming that not too many people are interested in wireless broadband. The study found that only 8% said they wanted wireless broadband, which is probably meaningless. It’s a situation where they’re first talking to people about their mobile phones, and then switching gears and asking about wireless broadband. Many people, in that context, will respond negatively — thinking that they don’t need broadband on their mobile phone. However, the power of wireless broadband has very little to do with mobile phones. It’s also a technology that most people have little experience with, and those are the types of technologies where asking people if they want them beforehand will give you a very different response than if you actually offer the technology and see how people use it. In the end, what will drive wireless broadband usage isn’t “wireless broadband,” but the applications that make wireless broadband valuable. This study didn’t ask about that.
Comments on “Many People Ready To Go Mobile Only, Maybe”
POTS still has better international rates
Cell phone carriers all charge $1-$2/minute for international calls to Japan, while POTS charges in the 10-25 cent/min range. I won’t be ditching my land line any time soon.
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What’s that ?
I got rid of mine years ago.
Re: POTS still has better international rates
you can get internet calling cards where the rates of international phone calls are about the same as POTS rates. I would recommend checking out idphonecard.com they have very reasonable rates.
Re: Re: POTS still has better international rates
1. A lot of those vendors are sleazy
2. The reception is bad
3. I would get charged minutes on my cell phone plan anyway.
Re: Re: Re: POTS still has better international rates
I would get charged minutes on my cell phone plan anyway.
Do you make most of your international calls during peak time?
Re: Re: Re:2 POTS still has better international rates
I have to make the calls in the evenings because of the time difference.
Been there, Done that
Once I was able to get high-speed cable internet, my landline went bye-bye. Before, I only kept POTS because all I could get was DSL. Now, with my cell phone, I get unlimited local minutes and 500 minutes long-distance every month for a little over 40.00, so it doesn’t make sense to keep a landline when I have to have a cell phone anyway.
I want wireless broadband and VOIP. Then I don’t need a mobile phone.