Will We See More Data-Focused Cell Phone Plans?
Engadget Mobile is reporting that Telus is offering students of the Great White North a cellular plan that is more data-centric for those who use their phones primarily for texting and web browsing rather than talking. The $35 plan (or $50 for smartphone users) will give the target demographics 200 minutes of voice along with unlimited browsing, unlimited talk and messaging to your Fave 10, and nights and weekends starting at 6 PM. It looks like a solid plan.
A lot of my friends are beginning to complain that they mostly use their smartphones for web browsing, emails, and messaging, and don’t really use the voice portion. As we see the transition to more advanced devices that addresses user’s non-oral communication needs, I do hope that plans that focus more on cheaper data will be made more widely available. In the US, from the major carriers, the cheapest voice plan runs at $40 plus the data portion, most of which start at $20 for unlimited web browsing (texting is additional). Thumbs up for Telus for giving the Canadians an innovative plan, dubbed the Student Plan.