Discuss: Text Messaging Costs

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February 24, 2012 at 05:40:17
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that social messaging apps for smartphones cost cellular providers over $13 billion in revenue last year. Discuss here if you think providers charge too much for services such as text messaging, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
February 24, 2012 at 12:57:35
I can't speak for other providers, but I use ATT. I am on pay as you go because I don't use the phone that much. I get whacked 20 cents for a single text message. I personally think all the providers rip people off. But people don't seem to mind, in fact they stand in line to get taken advantage of. Look at the mobs every time Apple releases a new gadget. You have to ask yourself, how many apps can you use and how much data do you really need. It makes my old head spin :))

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#2
February 25, 2012 at 15:12:48
They need to charge high to recover startup costs because the.y don't know when the income stream drops due to rising expenses, competition, etc

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#3
April 19, 2012 at 14:32:28
In New Zealand we pay some of the highest txt msg fee's in the world. It has gotten so bad that the Govt has stepped in to investigate.
Corporate greed drives the profits up at their customers expense. Telecommunication providers still make huge profits even during a world wide recession, that says it all.

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#4
April 20, 2012 at 07:53:25
I don't text myself. I find it completely useless for my needs. Two of my daughters live by it. They were on pay as you go phones that I gave them when they were in high school so they could call us if they had an after school activity. The deal was I put $20 a month on their phones. Didn't take long before I found that rarely lasted past the first day so I quit paying it. Now they are both older and married and each have different smart phone plans that claim to be "Unlimited" but even they can see it isn't true. It would seem that little more than a week into each billing period they start having troubles across the board. Dropped calls, connecting to the web, unable to send texts at times. In that first week though I bet they were on the web eight hours a day and sending at least a hundred texts a day. Oh and they both pay more for each of their plans than I do for my internet and cell service combined.

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