If Text Messaging Is Too Expensive, Why Are More And More People Using It?
from the trumped-up-controversy dept
Part of the problem is that the Senator seems to only be looking at the a la carte pricing for text messaging. However, these days, most folks who use text messaging on a regular basis have signed up for some sort of bulk texting plan, that allows them to send hundreds of messages for a set price. The a la carte text message pricing is really only for those who rarely, if ever, use text messaging. Furthermore, if the mobile operators really are constraining the market and push things too far by driving the price even higher, then there are many alternatives that will quickly show up. As we've discussed in the past, it's only a matter of time until other options for messaging become popular on phones, such as instant messaging clients -- which can provide service for free. Once again, it seems like the gov't is stepping in and complaining where there's no real problem.