Thursday, December 4, 2008

Conspiracy Theory: UMA Will Die

Along the same lines as the conspiracy theory about absence of Google Talk on G1 -

Fact #1: mobile carriers charge customers for airtime.
Fact #2: UMA allows customers to talk using a WiFi connection (sometimes a flat fee is involved).
Fact #3: this strips mobile carriers from airtime revenue that could otherwise be produced.
Speculation #1: Carriers offering unlimited UMA calling on a flat fee basis realized, to their dismay, that a lot of people use it a lot.

Corollary: UMA will be a feature that is offered less and less in the future, until it disappears completely.

G1 may have been the harbinger.

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