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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

3 responses to “AT&T’s Tiered Plans: Killing Of Mobile Innovation Or Opportunity For Others”

  1. aswath

    Actually I go one step more and suggest that the tariff should be by the sip and in return, they must assure Net neutrality. I don’t think it will kill innovation at all. AWS charges by the sip with no adverse effect. Indeed I contend that that is why they are able to give total freedom to its users. No?

  2. Krishnan Subramanian

    I don’t disagree at all. As long as they price competitively, such a pricing model will be more interesting and will help the low end users greatly.

  3. gnickturner

    I like the low end lower cost plan – it might just allow me to buy a smartphone! Previously I would never have got enough value to make it worth $30 per month.

    Also most smartphone users will end up paying less then before. it is only the heavy users who will pay more (only 2% of users I remember as the figure I heard).

    Now what I would really like to see is even lower cost plans for unsubsidized and unlocked handsets. If the high plan cost is to cover handset subsidy why are there no cheap plans for unlocked unsubsidized handsets?