Monday, March 17, 2014

Is T-Mobile's Data price hike an answer to upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5?

Most of you know that when Samsung puts out a new phone, features multiply with the end result of turning heads.  The new version of Sammy's newest addition, however, may carry with it a feature that carriers will cringe at.

One of the most popular features on the Galaxy S5 (and probably other Galaxy premium handsets like the Note Series of devices), you will be able to download files more quickly thanks to the phone's ability to download a file using BOTH WiFi and mobile networks.  Most carriers will suffer more network congestion as a result.  For instance, T-Mobile has a feature on most of its phones at no additional charge called WiFi Calling.  WiFi calling helps ease T-Mobile's network from congestion as it redirects the traffic to your home/office/restaurant's WiFi.  Meaning, the internet provider at your local diner, office or home takes a hit in traffic congestion, easing the network of T-Mobile.

However, with this new technology introduced by Samsung, one of the things that could help ease network congestion would be to charge more for data usage.  Thus, mitigating the prospects of folks streaming large amounts of data thru the mobile networks.

On the other hands, I am sure that folks like Comcast, AT&T, and other internet service providers will be glad to share the data traffic with the wireless providers.

Technological advances are great, but for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  But what is your reaction?  Do you think that the wireless carriers should carry the burden, charge more, or perhaps create peak and off-peak times for data use to mitigate network congestion?  Share your thoughts here and on Google Plus where you can find me under +Danny Alvarez or @maestroalvarez on Twitter.  Be sure, also, to check out and subscribing to my YouTube channel: CellPhonius

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