1. Not correct. 20-30 MB can make a big difference for those of us who do not have cost-effective data plans available, such as VZW’s current offering. 20-30 MB also made a difference for me after Hurricane Sandy, since that was enough to kick my data plan into the next tier, with no Wi-Fi available anywhere for half the month, and we had no other source of information in most of northwest New Jersey for most of the month. 20-30 MB can also be prohibitively expensive on international roaming rates, if you’re not expecting it.
Originally Posted by Phill_UK
2. There no longer is a 10 MB/month plan available through any of the US carriers (and I had to switch to a conventional voice and data package plan when I moved my regular mobile number into this 9930), but it’s interesting that that example illustrates some of the original advantages of RIM’s Blackberry technology (even though we’re not paying to much attention to it these days). Low bandwidth and low battery usage for routine email leaves more for all the other applications we may want to run.
3. Agreed (directly), but they do derive income at a higher level from advertisers trying to sell to the people drawn to the service, as well as all the analytic data Google compiles and sells about Google Maps users.