Living here in New York, I don’t think of gas prices the same way I did when I used to live in San Francisco. Still, an interesting news item at Crave mentioned that sending text messages have DOUBLED within one year, the same rate gasoline prices had gone up!I used to pay 10 cents per text message; now, I’m paying 20 cents. Adding insult to injury, I have to pay both ways – to send and to receive. Ouch!
And if you’re thinking you will just change carriers, don’t! All the cell phone carriers are charging the same prices for two reasons alone – it is NOT regulated and there is no law against charging prices to whatever the market will bear. Another reason, which is the saddest and actually the real insult to the consumer’s intelligence, it is because THEY CAN!
I’m not against technology. I’m all for it. But, when the big companies start to take advantage especially when technology is becoming cheaper each day, it yanks my chain. Problem is, these phone companies that used to bleed the Baby Boomers with high long distance rates, have repackaged themselves as wireless carriers and charging an arm and a leg for text messaging!
I’m not going to explain the whole thing, the Crave article ‘The Rising Cost of Texting’, actually have a good explanation.
For my age group who are actually the big SMS and/or text messages users, perhaps, our parents are right. Just use voice! Voice calls are almost free, and more personal than text messages.
But, I’m fighting an uphill battle here. Kids my age love to SMS because we can ‘chat’ while in class! Oh well… And that is what the cell phone carriers are counting on! Isn’t that lovely?