AT&T recently announced that it was raising its prices on monthly data plans for smartphones and tablets. Tablet users on this particular carrier now have the privilege of paying $15 per month for 250 MB, $30 for 3 GB, or $50 for 5 GB. Other plans from carriers like Verizon, Sprint and others are comparable. Is it worth it?
That all depends on how you use your tablet, and how often you need an Internet connection when there’s no Wi-Fi available. With free or inexpensive Wi-Fi accessible in most offices, homes, hotels, airports and coffee shops, the universe of information workers who need 3G connectivity for their tablets appears to be relatively small.
However, field sales and service personnel in out-of-the-way territories, executives with long commutes by bus or train, international executives who need a global solution such as Qualcomm’s Gobi 3000 technology, and particularly risk-averse companies handling lots of sensitive data come to mind as the most likely candidates for a monthly tablet data plan. Everyone else—not so much! Read more
Gartner predicts that 80% of businesses will support a tablet-toting workforce by 2013. Are you ready? Get a better grasp of how your IT organization can empower knowledge workers, increase the efficiency of remote customer service teams, and enable field sales professionals to deepen customer relationships in this practical guide to tablets in the workplace.