As long as you are connected to Wi-Fi, you can be on a call and still use data. At home I have Wi-Fi, at my office I have Wi-Fi, nearly every restaurant downtown has Wi-Fi. The point is Wi-Fi is ubiquitous. via Codesketch

Paul has a point. It’s not a big deal to have a smart phone with a hotspot feature if you use that feature very little or not at all. But then why pay for a data plan? Just get an iPod Touch and use one of those free regular phones to make calls.

In terms of Steve Jobs, I think this is just another arrow in his quiver. He’s done a great job at innovating, and he’s got a product that people feel like they want to carry. And we did want to carry the iPhone. I would also make this point: We’re further along in 4G than others are. So I think this decision, from Apple’s standpoint, is also very strategic because they get to establish a relationship with us early in their cycles to take advantage of the 4G stuff that’s going to come out over the next 12 months. If you do your job well, then in an industry like this, eventually the right partners are going to end up on the dance floor.

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I’ve been married for 15 years. My wife and I met in college and it was love at first sight for me. It took me seven years to convince her that I was even worth a second look. We had been dating for about a year when I proposed marriage – down on one knee while Dick Clark was counting down to New Year’s 1996. Making that commitment to her was the easy part. Telling her parents … my stomach churned with great unease.

My wife is from Gujarat, India and I’m from the West Indies – what Americans call the Caribbean. Gujarati marriage and family traditions are quite different from what we are used to in the west. In Gujarat, marriage is not just a commitment between two people, it is a commitment between two families. My wife’s family are Brahmin – a class or caste in the Indian continent that is regarded as the priestly and pure. As a general rule Gujarati Brahmin do not marry outside the caste or the culture.

So after the proposal came the hard part of getting acceptance and approval from my wife’s parents. I sat there Thanksgiving afternoon 1996, stomach all a churn, as my wife talked to her parents about college and friendships and family. She talked about my education and resume – important things to Indian parents. My father-in-law looked at his wife who looked at me then … she started crying when I got down touched their feet and asked for a blessing. We sealed the deal with Apple pie.

1996 was also the year we became Verizon Wireless customers and got our first cell phones. So this morning when I pre-ordered two black 16GB fourth generation iPhones from AT&T, and signed up for a data plan – I had that same feeling that I had 15 years ago. The feeling that things could go very badly and my dreams of communication nirvana could be crushed.

Did I make the right decision?