From CNN Money:
messages are such a tiny piece of data that they cost carriers only
about one-third of a cent to deliver, according to computer scientist
Srinivasan Keshav, who testified before U.S. senators on the issue last
But on a pay-per-text plan, the 160-character messages
typically cost 20 cents outgoing and 10 cents incoming. That's a markup
of as much as 6,500%. OMG!
"It's pretty much pure profit," Keshav says. "Carriers would argue they put that money toward investing in new technology."
if customers sign up for an unlimited texting plan for, say, $10 a
month, carriers are still cashing in considering that their overhead is
basically $0. That's a lot to pay for a few LOLs.
I can stream all the video I want on my iPhone, using gigabytes of bandwidth a month, but I have to pay extra if I want to send a few text characters to somebody. This is way backwards. The report covers other ripoffs, too, but unlike brand-name drugs, restaurant wine, and movie popcorn, there's not really a cheaper alternative to texting.
I miss Japan, where MMS was all-you-can-send and voice minutes were hideously expensive. Keeping in touch with people was easy, and public spaces were a lot less irritating.