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2 responses to “Time for Device Independent Data Plans”

  1. schultzter

    If you want to share your data plan with multiple devices you can always get a mifi. They’ll convert your 3G connection into a wifi hotspot you can share with multiple devices.

    Admittedly it’s not exactly what you wanted, but I’m not sure your analogy is a perfect fit.

    Every past example you cite is of fixed geographic location. There was only one line into your house.

    With mobile devices each one could be connecting to a different tower, in a different city, with different costs associated.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to dump my houses’s wired connection and just have every device on 3G no matter where it is. But I think it might take longer than it did for phones or TVs.

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