I've just updated my e-mail for the first time today and found some awful news.
This morning the mobile world lost a true visionary as Berthold Thoma succumbed to a currently unknown illness and died. Thoma may not have been responsible for the flashy handsets that so many of us drool over (and, as such, has probably never been heard of by many of you) but, as the CEO of the Hutchinson group, he was dedicated to something much more important – affordable data prices for all. His dream of everyone being able to afford mobile web services was enacted as soon as he took control of the group in 2002 and has been driving data prices down around the world since then as other networks try to keep up or beat the precedent set by him. He'll be missed by many and whoever takes his position has some big shoes to fill.