Trolling PLDT, Globe, Smart and Sun!
The biggest telco of the U.S. of A plans to motivate its subscribers to connect more devices to its network with the new plans, saving them the burden of acquiring/paying for separate data subscriptions.
Verizon hopes that the more devices connected to its network, the more revenue it will rake in.
Under the new plans, a smartphone customer would pay a monthly access fee of USD40 which includes unlimited calls and texts, and an additional fee of USD60 for two gig worth of data which can be shared with as much as ten devices (with each additional device beyond ten to be charged an access fee of USD10/tablet or USD20/laptop).
Currently, a Verizon subscriber who wants to connect an additional tablet to the network will need to fork over another USD30/month for another 2 Gig plan (according to Recon Analytics, an average Verizon Wireless subscriber uses about 1-2 gigs of data per mobile device).
Verizon notes that most subscribers do not opt to give cellular connections to their tablets, preferring free Wi-Fi wireless networks. Also, subscribers spend less time on the phone (sending fewer text messages, making fewer calls) with most moving into data usage. As a result, U.S. telcos have been creatively increasing their data prices and at the same time lowering SMS and voice rates.
Troll: Note that Verizon’s new offer costs more on a per gig basis – the telco is probably hoping that the UNLI voice/SMS will balance things, as well as the opportunity to spread data access among multiple devices. The Troll is a bit confused though – does this mean that Verizon will issue multiple SIMS per account so that the subscriber may share his data privileges among multiple devices? Can someone shed some light here?