Sean Hollister has a great rant over at The Verge on the subject of how easy it would be for Verizon and AT&T to make all our lives simpler by simply providing us with a single bucket of bits to be shared among all of our devices–instead of the current maddening practice of selling us different plans for our phones, mifis, and tablets. One of Sean’s really great points is that these carriers sell us all kinds of hype about how great ubiquitous data is, but seem to go out of their way to keep us from downloading anything.
The problem I have with articles like this one (despite the fact that they’re completely in the right) is the notion that somehow large corporations will change their behavior in the face of rightness. Corporations don’t care about logic and common sense; they care about money, and that’s all they care about. And they have no incentive to make things better for consumers when there are no competitive pressures around to make them worry about the bottom line. Verizon and AT&T compete with each other, practically speaking, about as much as these guys do.