Mobile Phone Carriers are moving at record speed; Does this affect your monthly service fees?

With increasing broad ban speed and better smartphones available to consumers, will your once unlimited data packages be a thing of the past?

Now Mobile Carriers are offering super-fast Internet connections for cellphones that rival the speeds delivered to desktop computers. As competitors follow suit with their own revved-up networks geared for the Web, consumers can expect a selection of new services – possibly followed with new data plan charges.

For now, consumers can buy flat-rate monthly data plans from most carriers. But Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are moving toward tiered pricing plans based customer useage. Buffet plans are no longer available to AT&T’s new customers, who must choose from a menu of data services.

“There are a variety of things you can do and a lot is on the table,” said Peter Thonis, a spokesman for Verizon Communications. “You could be charged based on usage or by speed difference, or you could do both. There are no definitive answers here.”

The Federal Communications Commission is launching an effort to prevent mystery fees and confusing increases from appearing on cellphone bills. But the wave of changes is only beginning.

Cisco, which provides routers for wireless networks, is working with corporate clients such as Verizon to create even more options for consumers. Users could opt for “turbo charging” streaming video feeds to their smartphone for an extra fee. Just pay a little more for “gold service” compared with “bronze service” for data packages and speeds, said a Cisco official, who wasn’t authorized to be identified speaking for the company.

Imagine bundles of television channels such as ESPN and Fox delivered on your iPad or other tablet for a few dollars extra. Add a few more dollars and get parental controls to block R-rated movies and World of Warcraft on your teen’s Droid.

As technology advances, so will shall security in all our PDA devices.

See the full article by the Washington Post at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/29/AR2010112905174.html

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