How Much Are You Willing To Pay for SMS?

The cost of sending and receiving SMS, also called text messages, is getting obsurd. As Marguerite Reardon of Cnet points out: since 2005, the cost of SMS has doubled on all four major US telcos from 10 cents to 20 cents per message.

Why are the mobile phone service providers charging this much to send 160 characters of information? Simple answer – because people are paying it. So before you go griping about the big corporations and their practices, complain to your telco and refuse to send SMS messages. This will be the only way we can get through to the Big 4 (Sprint, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T).

Sure text messaging is convenient and very popular in some circles (people under 25), but what is it going for us to say “enough is enough”. Rather than use SMS, I suggest you look at mobile IM options.

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