Mobile Industry News for the Week of March 27, 2017
As unlimited data plans become more abundant, it’s possible that Wi-Fi usage will see a decline. Consumers don’t have to worry about logging into hotspots at their local coffee shops anymore — instead, they can simply browse using their carrier’s network without fear of exceeding their data allotment. Pretty soon, consumers will also be able to browse the internet using their new Samsung Galaxy S8, which was released this week. Features include a fancy touch screen, face scanning capabilities, and more. The stories on our minds are below.
Unlimited May Take Over Wi-Fi — The Seattle Times resurfaced a relevant article by Bloomberg’s Olga Kharif this week, which highlights how unlimited data plans will affect Wi-Fi. Now that every major U.S. carrier offers an unlimited data option, consumers don’t feel the need to sign onto Wi-Fi in order to avoid data overages. According to Tim Farrar of Telecom Media Finance Associates, it’s possible that Wi-Fi use in public areas like stadiums, and airports will make up a third of all mobile data traffic. Another threat to Wi-Fi is LTE-U, which also runs on unlicensed spectrum and can slow down Wi-Fi speeds. Even so, Kharif predicts that the decline of Wi-Fi will be slow, especially since many are still relying on Wi-Fi to run their smart devices.
Samsung’s New Smartphone — In mobile hardware news, Samsung released its highly anticipated Galaxy S8 this week. The Galaxy S8 is unique in that it offers premium smartphone features that even Apple has yet to release. According to The Verge, some of these features include an infinity display with no home button, fast face scanning, and the option to connect your phone to your desktop. Naturally, carriers have been using the product release as an opportunity to offer customer promotions. Fortune reported that Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T are all offering some sort of discount, pre-order deal, trade-in offer, or installment pay plan.
What news stories are on your minds this week? We’d love to hear what stories you’re dialing into.