[telecom] AT&T: Industry likely to offer data-only phone plans in 2 years; calls counting as data usage
- From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:19:43 -0400
AT&T: Industry likely to offer data-only phone plans in 2 years;
calls counting as data usage
By Associated Press
June 1, 2012
NEW YORK - The CEO of AT&T Inc. said Friday that cellphone plans that
count only data usage are likely to come in the next two years. In
such a scenario, phone calls and texts would be considered as just
another form of data.
Randall Stephenson didn't say AT&T has such a plan in mind, but he
suggested that someone in the industry will likely offer one.
"I'll be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in
the market place with data-only plans," Stephenson said at a Sanford
Bernstein investor conference in New York. "I just think that's
Analysts see such plans as a logical extension of trends in wireless
technology. Smartphones with data service can already use it for
Internet phone calls and texting through services such as Skype.
Phone calls are also taking a back seat to other things people do
with their smartphones. AT&T has been recording a decline in the
average number of minutes used per month.
However, phone companies still make most of their money from calling
plans and texting, which use very little data. That means phone
companies would want to compensate for the revenue fall-off somehow,
perhaps by raising data prices.
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