Will lack of unlimited cellular data plan increase your Wi-Fi use?

If you haven’t heard, AT&T announced that it is canceling the unlimited data plan for the iPhone as of June 7th, 2010.  Luckily, it seems that (for the time being), existing users will be grandfathered into the old plan if they’d like.

About 6 weeks ago, I wrote about the trend toward metered data plans on my Computerworld Blog based on a discussion with Gartner Analyst Michael King at the Gartner Wireless Summit.

Mr. King postulated (and I agree) that metered cellular data plans will put another source of pressure on enterprises to deploy their own wireless LAN (WLAN )as a way to mitigate the cost associated with their employees with using the cellular network.

It’s one thing if employees can use the cellular network for unlimited data.  At that point, it’s mostly about end user preference.  However, it’s another thing if organizations have to pay for every MB of transferred data- at that point, they will encourage users to switch over the the WLAN, especially for high bandwidth applications such as video.

What do YOU think?  Is this going to affect YOUR use of the cellular network?  Let me know in the poll question below if this will increase your Wi-Fi use.

OBTW, I certainly think this is only the beginning for cellular companies to enforce metered data services.  There was a time when we paid for the amount of minutes with unlimited data as an add-on.  I think over the coming months/years, this will be exactly the opposite — we will have to pay for the amount of data we use with unlimited minutes being an “optional” add-on.

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