This gorilla walks into a bar (we love “walks into a bar” jokes) and orders a beer. The bartender gives it to him and says “that’ll be $25.” A bit later the bartender says to the gorilla, “We don’t get many gorillas round these in here.” The gorilla replies “At these prices, you won’t get many more, either!”
It seems that Steve Jobs feels that PCs are on the outs and tablet computers are what is going to replace them – at least that’s what Technology Times Online said recently. The Apple CEO, we are told, claims tablet computers will force laptops and desktops into a “smaller niche market.” The article quotes Mr. Jobs as saying, “I have to say people seem to be liking iPads. We’ve sold one every three seconds since launching it…”
It’s a bit Ironic that the same news feed that brought us news of Steve Jobs prediction of the downfall of the PC also carried an article from the Washington Post with the following tag line:
New iPhone and iPad customers: AT&T’s putting an end to its all-you-can-eat Internet plans.
The article cited that existing customers can continue to carry their unlimited $30.00 plans but new customers have just begun to feel the big bite out of the wallet:
The company said that starting June 7, new customers of gadgets such as the iPhone and BlackBerry Curve (and soon Apple’s 3G wireless-enabled iPad), will choose between two options:
1) A $15 monthly plan for 200 megabytes of data. If you go over that allotment, you will pay $15 for every additional 200 MB of data used.
2) Or $25 for 2 gigabytes of data. If you go over, you’ll end up paying $10 for each additional gigabyte.
As our regular listeners know we spent the first half of No Prisoners, No Mercy show 58 talking about a net neutrality and the big push (or should we say bait and switch) by Comcast and their battle with the FCC (one which they won) to charge by usage rather than a flat fee. We recently found a new website that has an article covering the subject which comes to us by way of Gamepolitics.com. The site is called gigacom, and the article is entitled “Silicon Valley, Wake Up and Smell the Net Neutrality” by Stacy Higginbotham – it’s an important read for those of you who don’t want to end up paying through the nose (and maybe out your other end as well) for your internet service. Here is a quote:
“The issues of network neutrality and broadband reclassification are big ones for Silicon Valley, but you’d never know it given the head-in-the-sand response from certain executives whose very livelihood depends on their ability to send whatever content they develop to millions of consumers over broadband pipes.” – Stacy Higgenbotham, Gigacom.com
All told, this is dire news indeed if the trend continues. And if that happens we have serious doubts about Mr. Job’s prophetic abilities, considering them less of a portent and a bit more mendicant. Mr. Jobs might not be too concerned with the cost of the broadband feeding into those same IPADS he sells every 3 seconds, but the rest of the world (at least not the ones selling the internet connections) are. Will the table PC replace the laptop and the pc? Considering the impending cost of broadband coupled with the inability to perform in some areas we can only share the attitude of the gorilla in the joke above…
Not at these prices.