Free 3G For All Google Chrome OS Devices
As is being reported by Mashable, Techcrunch, and others Google has announced that for a period of two years people purchasing a Google Chrome OS device will receive 100 MB of free 3G data per month. The 3G mobile broadband service will be on the Verizon network.
I am sure many will complain that 100 MB is not much, but for people that are on wi-fi frequently 100MB may go along way.
Verizon will also offer day passes and I am sure will have monthly service plans that offer larger chunks of data.
More importantly this continues to show that the mobile web is becoming more and more embedded in our day to day lives. People that had no interest in using the internet on their mobile phone are now using broadband on a daily basis on their iPhone or Android phones.
As more and more devices come out that have mobile embedded in them it becomes a natural thing to use something that seemed to “techie” in the past. As companies like Google, Apple, and others make it easier to get access to information on both mobile phone and small computing devices people that were once opposed will now not even realized they have shifted to using things they once considered to complicated.
Apple has done a great job of this with the iPhone and iPad, if Google can keep it simple and have mobile broadband included on their Chrome OS devices this will only help the mobile web go further.
Once again, people will complain that 100 MB is not much, but in many cases consumers do not need a huge chunk, not everyone is watching Netflix, YouTube, or other major bandwidth consuming applications. Many are happy with email and web browsing, for those users 100MB may go along way.
On another note, I was just reading an article yesterday about people that complain when they are getting something for free, one of my favorite articles ever, read it here: Freetards