It does make sense and I'm sure a lot of people will sign up for this type of plan. I'm not one of them however. I text way too often. I wonder what the cost will be and how many people will actually switch. It will have to be a huge savings over text/chat/data plans.
AT&T CEO Data Only Plans by 2014
In a post on TechSpot AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s says He’s so confident in this shift that he called it inevitable.
With today’s advanced smartphones, it’s hard for some to believe that there was a time when a cell phone’s only function was to make phone calls. That function obviously still exists as part of handsets today but if AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson’s vision of the future is correct, we should expect to see data-only plans emerge in the industry within the next two years.
Stephenson made the prediction during an investor conference in New York, where he noted that he’d be surprised if we don’t see people in the marketplace offering data-only plans in the next 24 months.
Such a scenario would categorize phone calls and text messages as another form of data, although it’s unclear just how much “data” a typical call or text would consume. He’s so confident in this shift that he called it inevitable.
- Via TechSpot
I think it makes sense, actually. I know people who almost never make calls or even text messages on their phones. Instead, they are constantly posting at social media sites or other things that require a net connection.
As far as I know, "data-only" plans currently exist in countries like India where the phone is independent of the service provider. I don't know how it would work out over here though.