Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Oh, yeah. That's happening this side of 1994, that's for sure.
The idea behind iMessage is that in less than a year, too many people you know won't have anything but iOS devices.
Listen to me. Apple has given everyone on the planet free infinite texting.
If that doesn't instantly appeal to the younger scene, I don't know what does.
Seriously, I really don't know what appeals to kids these days. Do they still text out the wazoo? Then their parents will buy them iOS devices so they don't have to pay out the ear for texting plans. And then they'll get them for themselves so they can message back and forth.
Free text. Images. Video. FREE. INFINITE. The carriers are dead.
I haven't researched this YET, but it seems to me, that Apple is merely THROWING DOWN THE GAUNTLET.
Sure, this probably only works with Apple Devices now -- but it also means, that carriers or devices NOT having unlimited messaging, are going to get a "what's the deal?" from their customers.
It's a lot like the DRM-free gauntlet, the "I can actually browse the web on my phone" gauntlet, and the "I don't have to pay for each user" Gauntlet (for Mac OS X Server -- that was more of a small glove because it didn't get much traction).
>> I don't think Carriers are dead -- but Apple is treating them more as a Network. All the ISPs are trying to be Netflix, so they charge for bandwidth and add caps so that THEIR content is cheaper -- I think Apple is trying to PREVENT the same thing with Cell Phones.
>> I don't think Apple thinks it is going to monetize Messaging, nor was it planning to REALLY make much money from selling Music -- it's about creating a distribution model for their Customers. The REAL money is in Distribution -- so if the Wireless Carriers -- I mean, what we now "call" Cell Phone Providers, do nothing but set up Pay Tolls, it's up to the Cell Phone manufacturers to set up ways to navigate around.
I predict, that just with the Music providers, the Cell Phone companies are going to miss the boat -- not that they aren't VERY aware of this already, but their PROFIT is all at the expense of the Consumer -- NOT in creating better networks, or ease of use, or anything else -- their business model is PAY TOLLS, and they've treated Text Messaging as a Golden Goose.
>> Basically, their GOOSE is cooked -- but the Cell Phone companies are nowhere near dead. Instead of trying to keep getting revenue off of their toll booth, they need to EXPAND how people use communications and data -- and they could make a lot more money from ME if they had unlimited bandwidth and tethering and better connections, so that MORE devices were using cell networks, rather than more people trying to bundle into the same family plan.
>> There will be a behind-the-scenes scuffle about this, but Apple is being coy and Smart and their going to FORCE the Cell Phone providers to ask them to "turn off this feature." So it will probably only work on a Wireless Network at home. I think the same thing kind of Happened with Amazon.com's electronic books, and some of Googles apps as well. Apple puts out a feature that "oops, I'm sorry, were you charging for that?" and then the customer says; "Well, why does it cost money when X can do it for free?"