May be it is time for mobile operators to revisit their 3G/4G tier data plan. Consumers are addicted to mobile internet, online gaming, video streaming, skype, etc. however they want predictable billing. My family had to adjust their expectation and stick to WiFi after getting hit with $100s for overage charge.
Here below are two models that would be better than today’s mobile data plan:
A. Just like the electricity/utility prices vary during peak and off hours, why can’t mobile data prices? This is where we are going the whole smart grid: Encourage usage during off-hours when it is cheaper or more convenient for the network.
B. Alternatively, mobile data pricing should be based on time irrespective of data usage like WiFi hotspots billing model in hotels, airports, etc.
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