AT&T Wants 4G Link Built Into All Computers, Cars, Etc.
September 13, 2012 5:31 PM
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Company says there's no point to have separate product lines for Wi-Fi and 4G variants
with Tricia Duryee of
, Glenn Lurie, President of AT&T, Inc.'s (
) Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships division, said that he envisions a future in which all devices -- be it automobiles, tablets, home security systems, appliances, and, of course, the personal computer -- all
have a cellular data link built-in
Mr. Lurie also took issue with some of his company's partners like Apple, Inc. (
) and Amazon.com, Inc. (
) who offer a Wi-Fi only tablet and a Wi-Fi+4G tablet, calling the idea of having a separate cellular-lacking product "inefficient".
He comments, "Wi-Fi only is not enough. We try to look for all the opportunities in the world to get the OEMs to understand that they shouldn’t be building two devices. They should be building one device with Wi-Fi and 4G. It’s more efficient for them than having two [product] lines."
Of course, AT&T is notorious for sticking it to customers when it comes to usage charges or prohibitions. For instance, it's the
only major carrier to lock Apple's FaceTime service out
of its HSPA+/LTE network for customers with older contracts. It also drew flack for being among the carriers to
kill unlimited data
, though to be fair it does allow existing users to be "grandfathered" in, keeping their unlimited plans, but losing access to certain perks (like FaceTime-over-LTE). AT&T also
throttles the data connections
of its cellular users who have clung to unlimited contracts.
AT&T says every device should have 4G access.
Mr. Lurie acknowledges these usage concerns in a roundabout way commenting, "You have a whole different ball game of usage it kills me when people still sing the praises of Wi-Fi only."
The real irony is that AT&T has been a tale of extremes. The company also has offered some of the most novel pricing plans -- just few know about it. The wildly popular original 3G Kindle 2 reader had a cost-free 3G link courtesy of AT&T (for the international version -- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S)
provided a CDMA version
). The link's "price" was banked in as a percentage paid to AT&T from Amazon's customers' device and e-book purchase fees, so the customer never had to pay a bill for the link. Likewise,
the Kindle Fire HD
offers users a year of 250 MB/month for one payment of $50 USD.
Perhaps those kind of more consumer friendly pricing schemes lend hope that Mr. Lurie's vision will be realized, but for now costs remain a major hurdle to universal, ubiquitous connectivity.
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RE: Two issues with "4G Everywhere'....
9/14/2012 8:58:51 AM
="There is only so much spectrum."
and that is a final limiting factor
it could be that 4G will go in the trash and WiFi will end up as The Network as a result. The reason being: short range transmission is more reliable, faster, and allows better scheduling of spectrum use. allocating a channel to a device -- even temporarilly -- is reminiscent of the circuit v. packet switching argument -- which the phone companies have completely lost. maybe they just don't know it yet.
the Net could evolve into a pattern of WiFi cells
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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