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Fun With Historical Data Trends on Smartphones Aside…

June 3, 2010

Humans + technology produce an insatiable appetite for live communication. From smoke signals to the Long Lines Department at AT&T, people have historically been driven to connect in newer, better, faster, cooler ways.

That’s about all there really is to say about historical usage.

Next week Steve Jobs will fire up a live mobile video call as he unveils and demos the next gen iPhone. In other news, Skype’s iPhone app supporting voice is here. And this Monday, AT&T moves to metered wireless data and discontinues all-you-can-eat for new subscribers. If you think something spooky is going on at the amusement park, pull off the zombie’s mask, Shaggy.

I noticed that AT&T recently made it easier to find historical data usage using your online account manager. The official line from T is that today 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average. And none of that matters. Period.

Charts and graphs are fun, but my February field test with Skype in Haiti gave me a very real idea about how easy it is to break a network when we push for the next communications breakthrough.

You can bet that AT&T wants you to look back at the past six months to baseline your data plan needs. But wait before you jump to save that five bucks. How you use data is subject to change.

Say what you want about them not having their network ready for smartphones. AT&T called this whole video thing way before anybody else. I’m just guessing that more people will buy iPhone 4Gs in the first 5 seconds than ever heard of the 1970s Picturephone(TM) service.

Millions of handheld phones capable of streaming live voice and video is why metered wireless data plans are here to stay.

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