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In-Stat: Carriers to Sell 1/3 of All Notebooks by 2013

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 18, 2009

By 2013, carriers will sell 31% of all notebooks, according to a Nov. 18 report from consultant In-Stat. What this means is, in three years, nearly a third of new laptop buyers will be paying carriers like Verizon Wireless and AT&T a monthly laptop service fee, which stands at around $60 in the U.S. today. That fee would come in addition to what consumers pay for their mobile phone service.

For carriers, this additional fee spells a revenue bonanza. An average American pays $50 in wireless service fees today, according to industry association CTIA. As consumers tuck on additional data services, such as those for their new laptops, netbooks and smartphones, that amount could begin to climb, even if voice minute charges keep on shrinking. Average monthly bill amount has been essentially flat since 2003.

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November 18, 2009 05:26 PM

So does this mean that the new price will take over the internet fews that people already pay or it will be a completely new few just because you own a laptop? If so, this may cause the demand for laptops to drop slightly and I do not think laptop producers want that to happen. This is just another way for a business to make a little more profit during this downturn period.


November 18, 2009 11:45 PM

Won't happen unless the carriers drop the 5gb cap.

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