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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Device costs? ... Device costs!

NOTE: This is content from the web re:Brand posts going back to November 2010. We have kept the re:Brand posts as a legacy archive but, on a go forward basis as of October, 2011, the new DATA eh? content takes over this space.

Read an interesting piece on the subway in Metro this morning (Sept 30) via the Associated Press.  All about how "device" bills can really add up when you are away from your local zone (all that roaming has its price).  Got me thinking about tourists coming to Toronto and how some of our plans for apps etc will impact users.  They will have to pay their service provider to access the data.  The article references data usage as the main expense.

Clearly, while information is becoming more available at the touch of a button, the cost to grab it isn't free.

Long term (even short term) what percentage of household income is going to go to your iPhone or BlackBerry device? Used to be they said your rent should be no more than 1/3 of your take home income. What's the cost ratio for your wired access? Does anyone add roaming charges while on vacation as part of their vacation budget?

All this assumes you can afford a phone/device let alone take a vacation!

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