Experts have been predicting the slide into redundancy of conventional mobile plans for a long time now. The reasoning behind such projections is simply the fact that data mobiles are becoming more and more prominent in the modern world.
Data mobiles, in simple words, are phones which are simply based on the internet i.e. all messaging and calling takes place via the internet. This precludes the need for conventional calling minutes.
Naturally, the result of such a change in mobile trends would mean that mobile service providers would lose a lot of their clout and revenue potential because they would be relegated to providing data speeds and capacities.
While such a switch from conventional mobile plans to data mobiles has been seen as something for the future, they seem to be closer than many people realize. Take for example, the impending arrival of Facebook optimized phones.
Facebook is all set to release a deeply integrated android phone in collaboration with HTC. This deep integration would mean a wide variety of things. For instance, the most basic change in the interface would be that this phone’s welcome screen would have key Facebook features. Furthermore, such a phone would have a camera which would have the ability to directly connect to Facebook websites such as Instagram.
The reason why such a device would render conventional mobile plans redundant is that the Facebook messenger app contains free calling features. With such a feature people would not need to call each other.
Attempts to initiate such changes have happened before, but have surprisingly not managed to get a hold of the market. The Cha Cha launched by HTC earlier had Facebook integration but failed to lure many buyers. Another example was the Inq Cloud Touch which was a combination of android and Facebook. However, this phone also failed to reach the markets.