In Australia, we have been charged >$1,785/MB for SMS messaging (@ 25c/160 character message, which is actually only 140 bytes - SMS uses a 7-bit byte, at least on the GSM network)
I actually work for a major carrier, and in a testimony to the clueless-ness, we were recently told about all these 'over-the-top' 'players' making money from our network without having to pay a cent.
Now, leaving aside, for a minute, that it is actually the end-user paying to use the network in the form of their monthly bill, so the powers that be seem to be saying they want 2 bites of the same cherry, the real hilarity comes from the fact that, during the presentation, the names of a whole bunch of these 'freeloaders' was mentioned.
I know of several people in that audience who were taking down the names of these aps so that they can start using them!!
In a classic example of misunderstanding human nature, they are actually advertising to their staff the very companies and applications that they are complaining about
PR people can contribute, right now, registering a user name and 'correcting ' any errors they come across.
If their corrections meet guidelines, they'll be left in place.
If not, they're reverted.
If they continue making biased edits they will be banned.
So far, so good.
There are only 2 reasons I can think of for wanting to change this to 'allowing ' paid-for contributions:
1) this new category of contributors should have more 'discretion ' in their ability to contribute (no thanks) ;
2) PR people want to be able to add their WP 'contributions' to their portfolio (no thanks)
Any company that has the cash to pay PR people should have enough money to put up their own web site, on which they can practically say whatever they like.
I realise that this would not allow them to co-opt WP's credibility for their own benefit, but...
It's all well and good to claim the (intellectual [moral]) high ground in these arguments, and be utterly sincere in declaring victory. But why, then, is the victory not celebrated by everyone?
Because, victory is in the eye of the beholder.
What this means is that many a 'victory ' is phyric - the battle isn't winning the battle, the battle is fighting the battle without seeming lke the high school loser, whatever else may happen.
Hence the pride of not being a 'nerd' - no matter the consequence.
Ignorance is still 'cooler' than wisdom - despite wisdom being a loftier goal in the eyes of the wise