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Attention text messagers: You are being ripped off

Posted by sanityinjection on January 6, 2009

Personally, I refuse to send or receive text messages, because I have always felt that the mobile companies charge ripoff rates for them, even under their “unlimited”  plans. Now, thanks to Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl (D), we know that this is in fact the case:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/28/business/28digi.html?_r=4&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1230516058-qKni4hWzN52Z6yyrkRM2zQ

This is a classic example of how the government’s antitrust oversight is supposed to work. Senator Kohl, as the chair of the antitrust  subcommittee, launched an investigation. As a result of that investigation, several class-action lawsuits have been filed by private parties. Which means the government doesn’t have to pass any new sweeping laws; the court system will presumably take care of the problem if even one of those lawsuits succeeds.

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2 Responses to “Attention text messagers: You are being ripped off”

  1. tubby said

    LOL britney’s so lame 😛 TTYL!!

    Oh wait, that was supposed to go to my 12 year old cousin…

    BTW, you can partially blame shows like American Idol for this trend. AT&T is cashing in BIG TIME thanks to shows like that. The voting, gossip cycle starts anew in two weeks – yay! (Do I see the reprise of a bloated telecom monopoly in our near future?)

  2. sanityinjection said

    Actually, if you stop and think about it, there are a lot of companies out there that offer mobile phone service (even after the Sprint/NexTel and AT&T/Cingular mergers) and more getting into the business as we speak. The industry is less in danger of a monopoly than it’s ever been, which makes the price fixing on text messages all the more inexcusable.

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