What is it going to take to compete with the iPad and killer mobile devices like the 4G EVO?
What will it take to propel mobile computing to the next level?
It will take more than a sleek operating system, multi-touch and a nice app store to convince non-ipad users to get the most out of the mobile web.
There is a good possibility that there is no significant increase in the number of people willing to pay $30 per month for mobile web built-in iPad or netbook from those willing to pay $60 per month using a MiFi.
However, if HP or Google were to buy Sprint – they could possible take the ubiquitous mobile WiFi game to the next level. Imagine buying a device with a slick OS, capable of running flash and thousands of mobile apps with unlimited (or 5GB capped) 3G or 4G access built into the price of the device.
Would most consumers be willing to pay $500 for a netbook or tablet that includes 2 years of free 3G or 4G access in the price? Would such a device knock Apple and iPad off their game?
Perhaps the next logical hypothetical is to ask, what if Apple bought Sprint or T-mobile? If the purchase of a cell phone were a flat, subscription-less fee would more people buy in at a higher price?
Nobody expects these two industries to converge, but it is interesting to think about what would happen to the market if they did. We think it’s only a matter of time.