The Impact of iMessage

Graph via Neven Mrgan

Neven Mrgan:

Three months into iOS 5, I’m using a trivial quantity of text messages. I currently pay $10/month for up to 1000 messages. Assuming these bill at 20c/message (it varies depending on your plan, I’m told) I could cancel my messaging plan and end up paying less overall, even at that outrageous price. I’ll wait another two months to confirm this massive drop - then it’s time to get all Canceller Valorum on AT&T’s ass.

iMessage is a big deal for the industry, but I'm concerned people haven't quite realized it yet.

As I've argued in the past, iMessage is representative of Apple's growing strength over -- and its increasing exertion against -- wireless carrier control. Bypassing lucrative text messaging for the sake of the user is a noble endeavor, and as Mr. Mrgan has demonstrated here, it is making a sizable impact. Carriers are losing their footing to push back against Apple, and I expect the trend toward consumer-facing benefits will continue.

I know, on a personal scale, iMessage has had an enormous impact on the way I message my friends. I can now text my friends in London for free from my American iPhone, and vice versa. What had once been a cumbersome and expensive process is now wonderfully simple, automatic, and free.

Of course, mileage varies according to the amount of iOS5 users in your respective contact lists, but the far-reaching consequences of this are interesting to consider.

Steve Jobs Wanted to Create Apple Wireless Network, Circumvent Carriers

Image via Republic Wireless

Amidst talk of revolutionizing television, and the current theme of market disruption, wireless industry staple, John Stanton, spoke at the Law Seminars International event in Seattle regarding Jobs' desire to leverage the unlicensed wireless spectrum to build a wireless network for the iPhone.

John Stanton:

He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision.

Despite certain defeatist attitudes in the media, the tide certainly seems to be turning on large wireless and television providers

(Via Wired and MacWorld)