This is why I need WiMAX

Part 2: Subscriber Economics 101

Year 1988, Cost of electronic communications/information = approx ($60 to $80+)

Phone line: $20/mo, + long distance: $10-$30/mo, + cable: $30/mo

Year 2008 – Without WiMAX, Cost of electronic communications/information = approx ($150 to $450+)

Home Broadband ………………………$45 /month

Cell Phone Service …………………….$50 to $150 /month

Home phone service …………………..$30 /month

Mobile Broadband (3G) …………………$50 – $100 /month

Cable or Sat TV ………………………..$50-$100 /month

International Calling …………………..$0 – $100+ /month

Mobile Video phone ……………………$ Not available

Year 2008 – With My Personal WiMAX Service, Cost of electronic communications/information = approx ($50 – $100)

Home Broadband (WiMAX)…………………….Included

Cell Phone Service (WiMAX Mobile VoIP) ……Included

Home phone service (WiMAX VoIP) …………..Included

Mobile Broadband (Mobile WiMAX)……………Included

Cable or Sat TV: Not applicable (I get much of my content online)

International Calling………………………………Included

Video phone service………………………………Included

What is WiMAX worth to you

I see WiMAX as a technology that revolves around me & at a fair price.

I would be willing to pay $50 – $100 /month for my comprehensive WiMAX service. What about you ? What is WiMAX worth to you ?

Oh yes, and the intangibles: Innovation driven handsets.

1) http://www.techgadgets.in/images/nokia-n810.jpg

2) http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/4215-SamsungQ1p.jpg

3) http://www.turbogadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/sphp9000.jpg

4) http://www.techgadgets.in/images/oqo-e2-umpc.jpg

5) http://www.mobilewhack.com/Nokia%20N819.JPG

5 Responses to This is why I need WiMAX

  1. Ken Kaplan says:

    Great breakdown. Paying less and getting more…leaving headroom and cash to try new services? I love it!
    It will be interesting to see how services will “bundle” and become accessible to all the family even while they’re away from the home.
    For work, it’d be cool if I could download and view video files on my mobile phone to speed up editing, approval and distribution process for everyone.
    Lots to look forward to — thanks!

  2. Chippy says:

    You miss a number of elements in your calculation that are going to catch you or your readers out.
    1)Cable TV/Sat TV/Broadband serves a *household and multiple concurrent TV/Data streams from multiple devices.* To achieve that over Wimax requires bandwidth that Wimax won’t be able to provide. (think about the back-haul requirement – its not possible in practice)
    2) Cost of change. Its impossible to switch so many services in one go. YOu will have termination fees, overlapping contracts, sign-up fees, hardware fees and will have to spend a lot of time to remove the old services. Hundred and hundreds of dollars.
    3) This calculation is U.S-centric. Readers need to understand that in many parts of the world, 3G services and cable company competition (the triple-play) has already achieved sub $100 per month plans.
    4) Competition. 3G service costs will come down with competition.
    My breakdown from Germany.
    - Digital TV, terrestrial TV, Pay TV, Digital Radio, Cable Broadband Internet(6mb) and Phone service (all family calls included, international too): 40-50 Euro per month.
    - Mobile 3G (phone only unlimited, 7.2mbps, HTTP only, low-end mobile TV services) 10 Euro per month.
    - Mobile Calls, SMS and video telephony (OK, I don’t make many): Under 20 Euro
    - Secondary SIM card for my data modem (PC, UMPC). 200MB business-class internet access, 7.2mbps: 20 Euro per month.
    My total cost including TV for all the family: 100 Euro.
    WiMax has no end-user cost advantages here and the same is true in many other parts of the world.
    Just wanted to put a bit of perspective on it!
    Regards
    Steve.

  3. Greg Ofili says:

    Mobile WiMAX is broadband on the go.
    simple.
    I have DSL, but it is not mobile, it is fixed & cabled to my living room. If my DSL or cable internet were mobile, …My internet consumption pattern and productivity would change for the better. Video Calls: for instance, today I make skype video phone calls, and I love it !… but I can only do this at home or seated in a WiFi cafe.
    If I had a WiMAX enabled device like the Nokia N810, I can make video phone calls anywhere in the coverage area, and while on the go… that would be simply incredible !
    Regarding TV content consumption. Most if not all the content from ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and others can be accessed through their websites,… for free. I currently access this content from my PC/DSL at home. I don’t enjoy paying $70 per month for 100 cable channels and I only watch 5 or so channels regularly. With the Nokia N810 or some other WiMAX enabled mobile device, I can consume ‘TV’ content online that is of interest to me, or use my Itunes account for other subscription content. Just like I currently do at home or in the cafe.
    This may not be for everyone, but for those ‘weblifers’, the Mobile Internet would be a very welcome addition to our communications options. It’s about the Internet, wherever and whenever I want it.
    3G is fine, but it tends to be on very voice/phone centric devices. WiMAX is about an open internet, and mobile. I am not really interested in switching sim cards, and hacking or unlocking my device just to use the internet I know and love. You do not have to hack your laptop just to use the internet, or your data usage metered…. then why is this the norm with cell phone centric type devices & services. I just want the same internet I know and use on my notebook computer – no walled gardens. Just make the service mobile, not costly, and on compelling Internet centric devices. All this seems to be happening in WiMAX service areas, I just want it to happen even faster.

  4. Greg Ofili says:

    Mobile WiMAX is broadband on the go.
    simple.
    I have DSL, but it is not mobile, it is fixed & cabled to my living room. If my DSL or cable internet were mobile, …My internet consumption pattern and productivity would change for the better. Video Calls: for instance, today I make skype video phone calls, and I love it !… but I can only do this at home or seated in a WiFi cafe.
    If I had a WiMAX enabled device like the Nokia N810, I can make video phone calls anywhere in the coverage area, and while on the go… that would be simply incredible !
    Regarding TV content consumption. Most if not all the content from ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and others can be accessed through their websites,… for free. I currently access this content from my PC/DSL at home. I don’t enjoy paying $70 per month for 100 cable channels and I only watch 5 or so channels regularly. With the Nokia N810 or some other WiMAX enabled mobile device, I can consume ‘TV’ content online that is of interest to me, or use my Itunes account for other subscription content. Just like I currently do at home or in the cafe.
    This may not be for everyone, but for those ‘weblifers’, the Mobile Internet would be a very welcome addition to our communications options. It’s about the Internet, wherever and whenever I want it.
    3G is fine, but it tends to be on very voice/phone centric devices. WiMAX is about an open internet, and mobile. I am not really interested in switching sim cards, and hacking or unlocking my device just to use the internet I know and love. You do not have to hack your laptop just to use the internet, or your data usage metered…. then why is this the norm with cell phone centric type devices & services. I just want the same internet I know and use on my notebook computer – no walled gardens. Just make the service mobile, not costly, and on compelling Internet centric devices. All this seems to be happening in WiMAX service areas, I just want it to happen even faster.