Smartphones’ impact on spectrum

Smartphones chew up rf (radio frequency) spectrum. Last month my Android phone, according to T-Mobile, consumed 15 gigabytes of data — and I don’t stream movies.

Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s CEO, recently expressed regret that AT&T offered iPhone buyers unlimited data for $30 per month:

My only regret was how we introduced pricing in the beginning, because how did we introduce pricing? Thirty dollars and you get all you can eat. And it’s a variable cost model. Every additional megabyte you use in this network, I have to invest capital.

Nobody foresaw the voracious data appetite of the iPhone.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated that a smart phone uses 24 times more spectrum than the predecessor feature phones, and a tablet uses 120 times more spectrum. Without taking action to find more spectrum for these devices, “we risk losing out on extraordinary commercial and social opportunities,” he said.

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