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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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Press Registration for Gartner Wireless & Mobile Summit?!?

Gartner is having their annual Wireless & Mobile Summit this month in Chicago. This is an event that I have always wanted to attend.

I am going to ask about Press Registration for the conference. I know that RSA and other large security conferences have embraced the idea of allowing bloggers to attend and post about their events. In this case, I will have to be posting from either an EVDO card or via my iPhone – which should be a natural fit for an event centered around Wireless & Mobile technologies. 🙂

The first page of the conference brochure (beyond the cover page) starts out with the phrase “Mobile Business 2.0 is coming.  Are you ready?”   I fully believe in Mobile Business 2.0, which is a large reason that I have beefed up my LinkedIn profile, started this blog, and created a Twitter account.  I believe sharing information of this kind is extremely valuable to us as a Wireless & Mobile community.  In that spirit, I hope that Gartner sincerely considers my request for a press pass as a blogger.

Sessions that look particularly interesting to me upon first glance are the ones around RFID, iPhone Forensics, and Online Society in 2020.

If you are interested in attending the event, here are some of the details (they even offer a money back guarantee):

23 – 25  February 2009   |   Chicago, IL   |   Sheraton Chicago

Standard Conference Price

Fee includes conference attendance, documentation and planned functions.  – US $2095

Money Back Guarentee

If you are not completely satisfied with this Gartner conference, please notify us in writing within 15 days of the conference and we will refund 100% of your registration fee.