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Mobile Web Finally Catches Up in Europe

Flat-data rate tariffs introduced by Orange, Vodafone and 3 networks in the UK are the first sign

Flat-data rate tariffs introduced by Orange, Vodafone and 3 networks in the UK are the first sign that the Mobile Web is set to become as ubiquitous as normal web use with the these flat tariffs bringing affordable mobile web access to nearly everyone who has a mobile web enabled phone.

These tariffs critically remove the single impasse that has prevented even wider spread adoption - 'fair us' browsing within a single payment.  Astonomical costs have previously put off users from going online from their mobile device - no wonder given the, often, several pounds per megabyte charge that most providers locked you into if you wanted to surf or access email from your phone.

TMobile probably forced the issue with their £1.50 flat rate per day for pay-as-you go users and the web n walk all you can eat data access plans (although connectivity on the service is horrible).  3 have now extended their X-Series package to include unlimited mobile internet use (subject to fair use policy) for £5 per month.  Orange are now also offering an 'anytime service for £8 per month or £5 per month if use is off-peak.  They have also introduced 'internet snacks' for occasional use at the £1 per day rate.  Vodafon, probably the worst offender for excessive rates, have also announced a maximum £1 per day price for internet access up to 15 MB usage limit.

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Jim is CEO of Storage Made Easy. Jim is a regular blogger at SYS-CON.com since 2004, covering mobile, Grid, and Cloud Computing Topics.

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Mobile Web News Desk 08/05/07 04:42:24 PM EDT

Flat-data rate tariffs introduced by Orange, Vodafone and 3 networks in the UK are the first sign that the Mobile Web is set to become as ubiquitous as normal web use with the these flat tariffs bringing affordable mobile web access to nearly everyone who has a mobile web enabled phone. These tariffs critically remove the single impasse that has prevented even wider spread adoption - 'fair us' browsing within a single payment. Astonomical costs have previously put off users from going online from their mobile device - no wonder given the, often, several pounds per megabyte charge that most providers locked you into if you wanted to surf or access email from your phone.