Sen. Herb Kohl, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, sent a letter to the four major U.S. wireless firms, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The letter expressed his concerns that the rates for sending text messages has doubled over the last three years to 20 cents, while the cost of sending them has not increased. Senator Kohl is formally requesting the network operators to explain the reasons for the price increases and to justify them compared to the rates of sending / receiving emails and other services. The network operators have yet to respond.
The reason they are increasing the prioces is to obviously make more money. More and more people are sending texts as oppossed to calling so it causes more strain on the network. Plus, if another companies price is higher then theres then why not rais... (continues)
his kids were doing way too much texting... and so now since he has a 2000 dollar phone bill, he gets his job involved since he knows that if just he complained by himself, and not involve congress, no one would listen...
However, it is quite odd that the providers would increase the messaging rate and the cost to send messages stay the same, knowing full well it constitutes a "material change" of the contract, thereby allowing people to cancel without penalty.
I agree that the govt has no right in setting prices for services, but the basis is true. The prices have increased for customers, although the cost for using these services for the carriers have not changed. I'm tired of having to explain this to c... (continues)
It's not exactly free enterprise. Remember the government put these businesses into play by allowing them to merge and giving them money from the USF. Therefore, they have to make sure that the people who they represent are not screwed by these same ... (continues)
The biggest problem I forsee happening to all of us down the road is getting hit with crazy monthly charges from receiving text messages we didnt solicit. More importantly for spammers and advertisers. As anyone with a clue know that your cell # is th... (continues)
At least on a CDMA network like VZW, Sprint, Alltel, etc use, the format for delivering an SMS hasn't changed in well over 10 years. However, the number of SMS messages has exponentially increased since then. Go to a major sporting event during playoffs or a big concert and see how long it takes to send an SMS, if it even goes through.
The carriers are charging more for SMS because they may need to spend more money to add capacity to their networks in areas just for SMS.
The answer should be it is none of your business. But since we are on the subject why don't we have a probe into why all the Senators have their own social security system that is so much better than the one that they have in place for the rest of the... (continues)
He said "send" when he meant "receiving".....also i think it's a good idea carriers get probed. Why can't we make life easier for Americans. Why must it be so bad especially with prices going up everywhere. Whats their excuse? It cost more fuel these days to send SMS's? 🤣