Apple’s announcement that free text messaging under the iMessage brand would be part of its OS upgrade touched off a storm of discussion in the blogosphere about the death of text messaging. Apparently Android will follow suit, as the good discussion in VentureBeat reveals.
Nothing new here. As I discussed in an earlier InnovationBlog entry, the Internet feeds off artifacts that are highly-priced based on legacy approaches (in this case, a legacy network).
The best carriers have moved on to some extent by building their apps and data-driven revenue streams, but it’s a big hit to find a substitute for.