Dunno about cost to the carrier, but usually I would imagine that this is a
loss leading exercise to get users to make voice calls at the normal rates,
or eventually purchase via the carriers network.
For example Hutchinson 3G in Australia right now are offering unlimited
movied downloads for AUD$1 per month......
hardly covering the cost to write the usage on the monthly invoice... let
alone come anywhere near paying for the carrier cost!!
Could be other funding sources, like advertising,branding etc... hehe..
sounds a bit DOT COMish.
Those WiFi phones are a cool idea, but turn keitais into free access
terminals for warchalkers!! or BlueSnarfers (now)
On Sat, 23 Oct 2004, nick may wrote:
> A model that WILL work, I suspect, is being able to hears snippets of
> music through a keitai, order it through the keitai, and then
> optionally download it through other means (wifi or wired broadband).
> Does anyone have an idea of the actual cost to docomo or one of the
> other operators of a 7meg download?
I agree that the using a cellular network is probably too slow and
expensive for this kind of download, but one could give a pretty good
illusion of the same thing with your idea of doing the download through
WiFi, with the addition of putting WiFi in the phone itself, as Docomo
has already done for one product.
Received on Sun Oct 24 14:46:40 2004