I was reading Gerry Purdy's newsletter
and he was talking about the cell phone as a hub for your networking needs. Its a good read and I encourage my readers to keep informed with Gerry as well.
His analysis is that the expectation that we will have two services plans is not as logical as the carriers would like to expect.
His point is that the netbook and data plans that are going to be on the 4G networks are not going to maintain the loyalty that carriers like. (In full disclosure I have added a fourth carrier to support my MiFi habit)
So are my existing carriers happy I went to the another one? It will be in their nature to slam for the voice into some sort of bundle or have us maintain on a data plan that supports voice.
Up until now tethered services have required a PHD to figure out how to connect your Blackberry or data capable cell phone to a computer as a wireless modem. But with Bluetooth it should be relatively easy and according to our friend Anton Wahlman
in the US the modem capability is now supported for about $30 a month from both ATT and Verizon (PS T-Mobile offers limited but free use)
So as the data plan wars heat up we should expect to see carriers willing to blend their 3G and 4G networks.
Right now Sprint does a nice job in giving dual mode access between their networks.
In a private conversation with a major vendor of LTE we discussed the carriers desires to keep the data on the 4G and milk the voice out of 3G.
While its what the carrier wants its not clear how it fits into the consumers choice.
Expect that for the next few years the deals will be varied and hard to compare.