Will apps that don’t burn through your data plan destroy the Internet or save it?
- When you’re on a data-limited cellphone plan, keeping tabs on how much data you’re burning through can be time-consuming. Watching online videos or hopping between Web sites can quickly spend your monthly data allowance.
- Tapping into that consumer angst, this summer the service provider T-Mobile began offering its customers an alternative. Under a free feature on some plans, T-Mobile users can now stream music services like Pandora, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, and Spotify all day long without having to worry about sapping their data caches.
- There is a trade off for consumers. In return for low-cost service, users are, in some cases, being corralled into a limited view of the Internet. Rather than wandering freely from site to site, they have gained gatekeepers who have power over what they see.