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kevin

Tomi, are there any countries where you can buy just a data plan (i.e., no voice minutes) for your mobile "phone" (as opposed to a tablet or laptop)? If yes, which countries, and what are the restrictions, if any, on the data plan (for example, no VoIP)?

kevin

Also, are there any countries/carriers where you can just buy an unlimited SMS plan with no voice minutes for a mobile "phone"?

darwinphish

You can do this in Canada. I know a number of people who pay just $5-10 for SMS or get data only starting at $10/month. Voice calls are charged based on usage

In the US you used to be able to buy a device that just did email and SMS.

@rodrigottr

@kevin

I believe we are here making more clear Tomi's statement about US being a laggard in mobile. In Brazil at least one or two carries allow you to buy only data or only sms plans.

Mine is a prepaid account who I use only data on my N8 and voice and sms on my dumbphoe.

Data costs 0,50 per day also does sms. Each call for numbers inside The carrier web cost me 0,25 and speak all that I want and calls outside cost me 1,40 per minute.

Troed Sangberg

Welcome Tomi - I knew you would join us "it's mobile, not phone" people sooner or later! ;)

http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/troedsangberg/its-not-about-smartphones/

(But yes, I didn't wait for the actual usage data ... and it's still a while before "apps & Internet" will replace text)

Baron95

Very nice post. One more reason I don't understand why Microsoft renamed its Windows MOBILE OS as Windows PHONE. They seem to be going backwards.

Of course, the alternative view, which I happen to share, is that the Phone is not dead. What a Phone IS, has changed.

My DECT 6 home phone has bluetooth, enables me to upload my contact list via bluetooth, even bridges mobile to land line calls, and maybe it even sends SMS (I don't know).

In 1991 France Telecom had their Minitel "Smartphone" that not only made calls, but browsed the Web. Today, most Cisco (et al) IP Officephones do a whole lot more than calls.

I say the Phone LIVES. It is just that the 2012 phone does calls, browses the Web, does SMS, does apps, etc.

Therefore, don't hold your breath for Apple to rename the iPhone as iMobile or iSMS

Nick Healey

I fear the survey wording may have contributed unfairly to the result. It asked "do you use voice calls on your mobile phone". Well, "voice calls" is not a phrase that normal people ever use. It means nothing to them.

There's every chance a significant number of people, who are of course totally clueless about features and jargon, might have thought that the question was asking about some weird "voice call" feature in their phone that they hadn't come across - "voice calls", what are they? - and so answered "no".

"Do you phone people on your mobile (or do people phone you)?" - something along those lines would've been a much better way to say it.

I appreciate that everyone in the biz knows what the question means, and can't imagine it being misinterpreted, but if you spend your days in the world of the clueless masses (as I am lucky enough to do) you'll know only too well...

(101 for this issue: Google's researchers discovering that less than 1 in 12 people know what a "Browser" is - tinyurl.com/whatisabrowser )

Nick Healey

...actually, I just realised, the author may not have been quoting the exact text from the survey - despite the single quotes - as I greatly doubt they'd have used the word "SMS" insted of "text messaging" in the other question!

(I hope...)

LeeBase

I'm the parent of 3 teenage daughters...and SMS is FAR AND AWAY their communication vehicle of choice. It's how I can get buy on a family plan with only 700 minutes...or used to. Now I'm on Sprint with unlimited minutes, but I think such offerings have come about because voice usage is declining.

Among my peer group...textnig is what we do with our kids, but not so much with each other.

Lee

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi kevin, darwinphish, rodrigottr, Troed, Baron, Nick and LeeBase

Hi all, sorry about the lack of responses recently on the blog, but its been that kind of hectic time at my end. Will try to do better.

kevin - absolutely yes, both data only and SMS only. One of first data only packages I saw in Sweden back in about 2004 and the first SMS only data plan really stunned me back in 1999 when I still lived in Finland and thought I understood SMS haha..

darwinphish - thanks for responding to kevin

rodrigottr - thanks for the response too and thanks for the nice Brazil info frm your perspective. Very interesting

Troed - haha yeah. Actually I've been there with you for quite a while already but I know you knew that too. Cheers!

Baron - very good point and you know, when I heard of that change, I also felt the same. If Microsoft didn't like the name 'Windows Mobile' and wanted to change one word - the obvious bad word there, with a lot of negative feelings, is Windows, not Mobile haha. And yes, MS is moving backwards with the naming. but also - yeah, I wouldn't hold my breath either about the iPhone becoming anything renamed any decade soon haha.. its the most iconic mobile device ever.

Nick - thanks and you noticed I didn't mean to quote literally with double quotes, I didn't actually yet have time to dig through the finer points of that report (is part of typical very lenghty detailed Ofcom report. I was initially drawn to the 'delta' ie the changes and spotted thus the voice/SMS phenomenon, and I believe this blog was the world's first published article to celebrate our big milestone).

Lee - haha yeah. In my case I am down to doing about one or two voice calls per week but do dozens of SMS daily. But I'm kind of immature for my age haha..

Thank you all for writing, its a great milestone!

Tomi Ahonen :-)

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So we had not yet seen any international survey of mobile services usage, that somehow measured the national populations, to give national results of both voice usage and SMS usage, that would allow us to compare them side-by-side, in the same methodology, to any meaningful population size.

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I said this day would come, and I have been monitoring early numbers as they have started to emerge. Still, it took me by surprise that we've already hit the moment of passing the milestone. Its time to stop calling our device a mobile 'phone' (or cell 'phone' etc). The primary use of our mobile device is no longer voice calls! And no, its not that we download apps or surf the mobile internet (those days will also come some day in the future). But the first non-voice service has now passed globally the number of total users that indeed exceeds the number of voice users. I am of course talking of SMS text messaging.

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Hi Tomi!

it is 100 % true that cells are now a days only use for the sms chatting especially in Pakistan and India. Different networks provides the facilities of different sms + on net mints . i like your article. thankyou for sharing.

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