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I have seen my expenditure on connectivity and other elements of digital lifestyle going up slowly. The last item to be added to this list is for “place shifting” services such as Orb Networks, which I wrote about in Business 2.0 about three months ago. Surely […]

I have seen my expenditure on connectivity and other elements of digital lifestyle going up slowly. The last item to be added to this list is for “place shifting” services such as Orb Networks, which I wrote about in Business 2.0 about three months ago. Surely when these type of services come online, I will sign-up, perhaps in the line of duty. However, I wonder how many can actually afford the digital lifestyle. Even the very basic package could set you back by at least $150 a month. (Cell phone, basic digital cable and broadband plus a budget VoIP plan!) I also wonder if this is the case, is there an economic case for many digital lifestyle services being planned by one-and-all.

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Ironically, that is as much money I spend on groceries every month. And that includes Ben & Jerry’s. Engadget readers had same spending habits and problems as me.

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  1. Living large digital-style has never been cheap

    Om Malik on Broadband » Digitial LifeStyle is Not Cheap: Surely when these type of services come online, I will sign-up, perhaps in the line of duty. However, I wonder how many can actually afford the digital lifestyle. Even…

    COMMENT:
    AUTHOR: Earle

    “I wonder how many can actually afford the digital lifestyle.”

    exactly!

    COMMENT:
    AUTHOR: Charlie Sierra

    Duh.

    This list of services screams “Bundle ME!!!”

    Which is why, long ago, I predicted that Yahoo, Google etc. will own the customer, because they’re the only player with the skills to tie this bundle together.

    PS. Om, check out the details of Bush’s budget. Looks like the large deficit will finally force the FCC to collect spectrum revenue from analog TV stations or else revoke the licenses.

    Things that make you say, Hmmm.

    COMMENT:
    AUTHOR: Om Malik

    yes… charlie… that’s a good one – bundle me

    COMMENT:
    AUTHOR: Aman Kapoor

    hahahahaa bundle me! It makes you wonder though- is cheaper better? Just cuz you get all your communication from one company, does it make for high quality? Attentive customer service? My cell phone carrier is different from my VoIP preovider, Sunrocket, and both offer competative prices and v good quality of service. Imho, there is something to be said for customizing your own group of providers to get the best combination of services.

    COMMENT:
    AUTHOR: Jesse Kopelman

    This is along the lines of CS’ “Bundle Me”, but the big problem with the list is that the same service is being bought mutiple times from different providers. Why do I need a cell phone and VOIP? I just want a cell phone that works everywhere with unlimmited calling and if it uses VOIP to do that no problem. Why do I want to pay separately for at home and mobile broadband? I want mobile broadband and it should be as fast as non-mobile (landline) when I am non-mobile. Anyway, where are the games and movies (Gamefly + Netflixs)? The total is at least $40 too low.

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