So don't for a minute think I'm blaming the iPhone: I'm not. I'm not even blaming the devices manufacturers, or the end-user. In fact, I don't really blame anybody, but if I had to personally point a finger - it would be at the mobile operators themselves.
They should never have allowed unlimited mobile data access until they were in a position where they could offer it. We're talking a full roll-out of 3G, supported and bolstered infrastructures and the stability to provide a surge of data on-demand when it's needed, particularly during events like the New Year.
The networks can't cope with the data traffic, thus it needs to cut people down by incurring extra charges: charges of which will hit the younger person most.
I noticed in New York the high speeds of data I could access on my BlackBerry, yet the calling quality (mostly through AT&T) was atrocious. Dropped calls and crackling on the line: I finally realised first-hand what my colleagues have been going on for all this time.
I return to the UK and a little difference, but not by much. During the subsequent few weeks, I realised how poor my cell reception was and the quality of the line had significantly decreased. A few days later, I suffered my first dropped call on this network which I have been with for eight years.
I knew at this point how dire the mobile network operators were in.
The mobile network operators now need to work on one simple thing. Beef up your infrastructure and get it up to a capability where users can swamp the system with data happily and freely, and allow unlimited data access back.
Unlimited mobile data: Was it a bad idea from the start? Or should it have been held back until the infrastructure could cope with it?Your comments are most welcome.