John on January 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm
This is based on a study in Europe:
One per cent of mobile network users now use half of all downloaded data, according to a study of one million European phone network users.
The top 10 per cent use 90 per cent of the world’s bandwidth, according to the study by UK research group Arieso. The figures have increased dramatically since 2009.
In 2009, three per cent of users consumed 40 per cent of data. Now the same group consumes 70 per cent.
The issue is tethering. The top 1% are mostly using their phones as a way to watch videos on their laptops. The solution is obviously to charge on a percentage basis rather than a flat rate. That’s what we do with taxes. If the top 1% had to pay for each gig they used, they’d use less or they’d pay more, allowing the phone companies to improve the service. I know that my carrier (AT&T) used to offer unlimited data plans but no longer does, no doubt for this very reason.