Feedback/Request: What if we took it a step further?

frozensoil

    What if we took DIGITS to the next step? Getting rid of "phone lines".


    The fact is: Voice and Text are already unlimited on all REAL phone plans. The main difference now is how they charge for data.


    So happens if we get rid of "phone lines"?


    Every "voice line" becomes a data line and you can use the "phone number" on any device whether it's a tablet, computer, phone, or whatever. Then you zero rate the data from DIGITS used to make calls and texts, like Music Freedom or BingeOn, for the people not on unlimited data plans. Now you wouldn't use data when making a "phone call" or text from any another T-mobile device you have. Right now it all counts against the second devices data.


    Plus all of your call logs and texts could be immediately synced across all of your devices. As it is now the device with the SIM card assigned won't log texts the same way as the other devices. Any text sent or received shows up on any of the DIGITS devices, but the parent device wont be able to see texts sent out from other DIGITS devices. If the first device didn't have to worry about the conflict of receiving calls and SMS from the network as well then you could make it just like all your other DIGITS devices.


    Do this and every un-metered device (doesn't use a data bucket, ie: another carrier's data) becomes equal. All you have to do is pick up the device and log into DIGITS. There would be no difference between first phone, second tablet, or PC. No difference between LTE, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet.


    Another plus is probably less taxes from regulations on the "data lines" as opposed to "phone lines".


    Now you can sell data and phone numbers completely separately and only pay for exactly what you need.


    Thoughts?

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      • paulej

        Re: What if we took it a step further?

        I agree with you on getting rid of the notion of "lines" entirely.  No "phone line" or "data line" either one.  It's wireless!  There are no "lines".  What we have (and DIGITS is the first example we've seen from a major carrier) is a move toward the notion of carrier-centric (er, "un-carrier-centric") distributed communication functionality that builds on the mobile infrastructure to enable a variety of different services.

         

        While T-Mobile is the first I know to take a step in this direction, this kind of functionality has been around by a number of over-the-top (OTT) service providers for years.  In the intro video, they mentioned that what T-Mobile is doing is different because it's "carrier-grade", not like VoIP services, etc.  It's true that they can provide better voice service since they control the quality of voice going over wireless.  Otherwise, though, it's very much exactly like enterprise collaboration functions.

         

        One thing stated in the video was that T-Mobile is doing things nobody else has ever thought about before.  While, they would be wrong on that.  I've been doing exactly that sort of thing for years, as have a number of other engineers in the enterprise collaboration and communication industry.  Even so, to see a carrier take this step and knowing what is possible... I'm impressed.

         

        But, yes... the words "lines" is ancient.

         

        However, don't hold your breath on the tax angle.  The government will get its money one way or another.  That's the one thing the government is good at doing.

        • tmo_amanda

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