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AT&T will start charging for over data use on mobile phone service……

These days most people don’t actually TALK on the mobile devices…

They text, send video, and do other data intensive things…..

AT & T is the first service carreir to restructure their billing to reflect the increase in data traffic….

Will it start the rush to the same things for other carriers?

On Wednesday,AT&T pulled away the trough. And other wireless carriers could do the same.

AT&T said it would no longer offer an unlimited data plan to new users of iPhones and other smartphones. The decision, industry analysts said, could signal a shift away from an era in which American wireless carriers sought to attract customers with simple, all-you-can-eat pricing plans for data.

The trouble for AT&T was that a fraction of users — fewer than 2 percent — made such heavy use of the network that they slowed it down for everyone else.

Starting on Monday, AT&T will offer tiered pricing. People will pay based on what they use, which the company says is fairer to everyone.

Instead of paying $30 a month for unlimited data, new customers will be given the option of paying $15 a month for 200 megabytes, or $25 for 2 gigabytes, with added charges for greater use. AT&T estimates that the more expensive plan will cover 1,000 minutes of video, 400 song downloads or a million one-page e-mail messages. Those who want to keep their existing unlimited plans can do so.

Analysts said AT&T’s move could have ripple effects on other wireless carriers and, eventually, a growing segment of the population that has begun gorging on data using their phones.

“The free lunch for the ultra-heavy data user has been taken off the menu,” said Roger Entner, a telecommunications industry analyst with the Nielsen Company…….

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

People don't really use all the stuff they put in cellphones……..

I don’t feel so lonely after all…….I have flip phone………

And I use it to make phone calls …….

That’s all…….

I don’t use the camera…..I don’t text……I don’t email anybody……

I just the phone to make phone calls…it is just a phone…..right?

Well it turns out that I’m among the norm….not the exception………

The average iPhone or iPod Touch owner uses 5 to 10 apps regularly, according to Flurry, a research firm that studies mobile trends. This despite the surfeit of available apps: some 140,000 and counting.

Last week’s announcement of the Apple iPad, a tablet device that runs iPhone applications and will not be available until March, has already spurred the development of more, including a version of a drawing app called Brushes; Nova, a shooter game; and Apple’s own app called iBooks, which will connect to its new online e-bookstore.

But that doesn’t mean that people will change their habits. Actually, it may just make them feel a tad more overwhelmed. The next generation of gadget users might prove different, but for now it is clear that people prefer fewer choices, and that they gravitate consistently toward the same small number of things that they like. Owners of iPhones are no different from cable TV subscribers with hundreds of channels to choose from who end up watching the same half-dozen.

This is all good…..

Cause I don’t need a iPhone….or  Blackberry…….

I just need a plain ole’ cell phone……..

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

People don’t really use all the stuff they put in cellphones……..

I don’t feel so lonely after all…….I have flip phone………

And I use it to make phone calls …….

That’s all…….

I don’t use the camera…..I don’t text……I don’t email anybody……

I just the phone to make phone calls…it is just a phone…..right?

Well it turns out that I’m among the norm….not the exception………

The average iPhone or iPod Touch owner uses 5 to 10 apps regularly, according to Flurry, a research firm that studies mobile trends. This despite the surfeit of available apps: some 140,000 and counting.

Last week’s announcement of the Apple iPad, a tablet device that runs iPhone applications and will not be available until March, has already spurred the development of more, including a version of a drawing app called Brushes; Nova, a shooter game; and Apple’s own app called iBooks, which will connect to its new online e-bookstore.

But that doesn’t mean that people will change their habits. Actually, it may just make them feel a tad more overwhelmed. The next generation of gadget users might prove different, but for now it is clear that people prefer fewer choices, and that they gravitate consistently toward the same small number of things that they like. Owners of iPhones are no different from cable TV subscribers with hundreds of channels to choose from who end up watching the same half-dozen.

This is all good…..

Cause I don’t need a iPhone….or  Blackberry…….

I just need a plain ole’ cell phone……..

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Media, Other Things, Updates | , , , , , | 2 Comments

The fastest texting person in the world?….and getting paid to prove it……

I don’t text…….

……but most kids do…and some of these young people are doing it  so fast that they can win money.….

Here’s the story of a recent texting contest..held in New York City…for prize money……

Ha Mok-min is feeling like a gunslinger these days. At the English-language cram school she attends during the winter break, students jealous of her international bragging rights line up to duel with her.

“They come with their cellphones boasting they can beat me,” said Ms. Ha, 16, her deadpan manner lending her the air of a champion accustomed to — even weary of — fame. “I let them try.”

She and another young South Korean, Bae Yeong-ho, recently conquered the world with their thumbs. Their Team Korea won an international competition held in New York this month to determine who can send text messages the fastest — and most accurately — on a cellphone.

“When others watch me texting, they think I’m not that fast and they can do better,” said Mr. Bae, 17, a high school dropout who dyes his hair a light chestnut color and is studying to be an opera singer. “So far, I’ve never lost a match.”

In the New York competition he typed six characters a second. “If I can think faster I can type faster,” he said.

And here’s the money part……

Since their return home with $50,000 in prize money each, Ms. Ha and Mr. Bae have become something approaching heroes to what Koreans call the “thumb tribe” — youngsters who feel more comfortable texting than talking.

And that’s the rub…isn’t it?….

They are losing their personal communication skills and maybe damaging themselves  physically…..

But in the piece …… Ms. Ha seems to have used her skills to amass at least $67,000 so far…..not too bad for a 17 year old, Korean student, that speaks english and can move her fingers very fast on a minature keyboard…..

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Computers, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Women | , | 2 Comments

Beepers, Cellphones and texting…….

I’m getting a little old these days…I don’t use my phone to do texting…….I don’t know how…and don’t want to know how, to tell you the truth.

First it was carrying a beeper……that was cool…everybody knew you where important enough to have one for work……Then people carried TWO beepers!…….One for work, and one for home…….Then came Cellphones…….Same thing……for work……and almost all the early users were males…like the beeper carriers.   Then someone woke up and realized that EVERYBODY could have a phone and it was on!

Now everyone has a phone, even grandma’s and little kids……..So what came next?……Texting!…….What I don’t understand is how my son and everyone else can text ……AND DRIVE?…..I mean, how can they watch the road, and text?…….Can someone please explain?

August 28, 2009 Posted by | Other Things | , , , , | 4 Comments