Smart phones, aka pocket laptops, are going to get more popular when cell phone service providers decide to stop doing what cigarette companies have done for what seems like forever. No, I’m not a nicotine addict, but I’ve seen how cigarette companies have played the part of a no competition clause with rivals by offering the same price structures and brands (100s, light, menthol, etc.). Cell phone providers are effectively doing the same thing right now.
Why do cell phone service providers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc., charge for text messages? Does it even take 1kb to send a text message to a friend over a wireless tower or satellite connection. No it doesn’t, what they’ve effectively accomplished is setting up toll booths for each time users send and receive text messages. It has nothing to do with usage, bandwidth, whatever, people are going to text, and by now service providers can handle the usage. Charging for text messages is just another way for cell phone service providers to nickel and dime their customers to death.
If you have a teen that text a lot, you know what I’m talking about, you’ve seen the humongous monthly bills. All is not lost, as congress is reviewing the 4 major cell phone providers plans in terms of stimulating the market for the consumer.