The economics of mobile smart phones and mobile service are reducing the financial barriers to access the Internet. People who in the past might not otherwise be able to afford to access the Internet… will be able to.
Some quick numbers:
Mobilicity offers unlimited phone and data for $55/month, and an Android smartphone for $169 (or less).
Total: $829 for 1st year (ignoring taxes)
To get the cheapest Internet cable access package from Rogers costs $28/month. Install for cable is $50. Phone service comparable to Mobilicity feature set is $60/month. Install for phone service is $50. Bestbuy’s cheapest listed Netbook is $280 and cordless telephone is $70.
Total: $1,506 for 1st year (ignoring taxes)
The mobile smartphone option reduces the financial barrier to adoption/accessibility by approx 45% per year.