Free internet for everyone via 4G mobile network?
Free internet sounds nice doesn't it? Unless you live next door to a pub and know their password, chances are, you won't get a connection for nothing.
However, free web and free calls on your mobile is being promised by one network and they're under the impression that other networks will follow the free model trend too.
"In a few years Internet access as a paid service won't exist any more', says the possibly mental Rodion Shishkov, of the VP Services of 4G telecoms company Yota.
"Rather than collect subscriptions from customers providers will make their money by charging third parties to use their networks to offer services to consumers like banking, music and video."
Shishkov adds that Yota, which has 4G networks in Russia and South America (launching in loads more places next year) will pioneer the free web in the next couple of years.
4G offers consumers data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps which pisses on 3G networks and should predictions that people will replace home broadband systems with 4G accessing tablets, laptops and phones come true, then networks could well offer consumer web access for free.
Initially, the free web will be rolled out in developing markets like Russia, Brazil, India and Africa, but it could easily stretch beyond that once the big guns get a sniff of what is going on.
Tech Digest note that Samsung and LG will offer LTE 4G phones in 2011 and that there are also rumours that the next generation of iPhone will be compatible with 4G networks.