Flat-Rate Data Plans Are Dead. Is That a Good Thing?

Demand for wireless data around the globe will double each year through 2014 as the population turns to smartphones and data devices for instant information everywhere. To battle this growth, carriers are dropping unlimited plans in favor of tiered data buckets, which research firm iSuppli today says will boost declining carrier margins while also helping to predict demand for service. That makes sense, but it's too early to tell if customers will come out the winners.

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