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    "iPhones, FStream and the Death of Satellite Radio"

    Here's an interesting thread on Slashdot..

    http://entertainment.slashdot.org/ar...58232&from=rss

    Statesman writes
    "Only a little over a year ago, the FCC approved the merger of XM and Sirius satellite radio companies and the combined stock was trading at $4 a share. Despite being a monopoly or perhaps because of it the company is failing. They are losing subscribers, the stock is now trading around 22 cents a share (a 97% decline), and they have written off $4.8 billion dollars in stock value. So, what happened? The CEO is blaming pretty much everyone except himself and his business model. But is pay-for-bandwidth even a viable business plan anymore? With millions of iPhone and gPhone users out there, free streaming audio applications like FStream, and thousands of Internet radio stations to access, the question is: why would anyone want to pay for proprietary hardware and a limited selection of a few hundred stations all controlled by one company?"

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    Yea, they clearly haven't heard of the iPhone program coming once apple approves it and such

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    It's not going to happen, at least not any time soon. I have the iPhone and let me tell you, streaming audio chews your data plan like you wouldn't believe. Even 6GB monthly data plans can easily be exceeded if you listen to streaming audio. However, if Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T offer unlimited data plan with NO CAPS and reasonably priced then that's an option.

    In my case, I was thinking of giving up my data plan in favor of a Sirius/XM plan, it's cheaper then the data plan but there's no web access via the satellite plans.

    I don't think satellite radio needs to be worried about streaming audio at this time.
    Last edited by Noob; 12-01-2008 at 02:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noob View Post
    It's not going to happen, at least not any time soon. I have the iPhone and let me tell you, streaming audio chews your data plan like you wouldn't believe. Even 6GB monthly data plans can easily be exceeded if you listen to streaming audio. However, if Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T offer unlimited data plan with NO CAPS and reasonably priced then that's an option.

    In my case, I was thinking of giving up my data plan in favor of a Sirius/XM plan, it's cheaper then the data plan but there's no web access via the satellite plans.

    I don't think satellite radio needs to be worried about streaming audio at this time.

    If you have an iPhone - you have an unlimited data plan. All iPhones must have an unlimited data plan if they are activated. The phone's voicemail features are dependent on it.

    Every single iPhone user has an unlimited data plan......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demian View Post
    Every single iPhone user has an unlimited data plan......
    Of course they do....and you know this because you went to EVERY country in the world and have analysed the data plans.

    Just so you know, the USA is not the only country that has the iPhone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noob
    In my case, I was thinking of giving up my data plan in favor of a Sirius/XM plan, it's cheaper then the data plan but there's no web access via the satellite plans.
    Not sure I understand what you mean with this... All SatRad plans (with the exception of ala carte) have unlimited web listening dont they?

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