WTAM – Saving Mobile Phone Bandwidth

WTAM 1100 – Geek Squad – April 16th, 2012

There is an unlimited amount of data available on the Internet, but your mobile plan likely has a bandwidth cap that means you may need to decide how exactly you want to use your smartphone to access it. I spoke to Bill Wills of Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 about how mobile phone apps can impact those monthly limits.

Why Are Text Message So Expensive?

It looks like the cell phone companies will be answering questions today in a US Senate committee hearing on the rapid rise of text messaging costs to consumers.

The true answer, of course, is that vowels are so expensive to buy. At least that’s what I learned from Wheel of Fortune.

Text Messages are the Printer Ink of the Cell Phone Industry

DSLReports has an entry up where they do the math on just how much you’re really paying for those cell phone text messages, now that T-Mobile has joined other providers in charging 20 cents per message.

According to the math done by others, those 140 byte messages being sent at 20 cents each add up to $1,310 per megabyte. Considering that the average $20 USB flash drive these days is measure in gigabytes, and the average broadband Internet connection is measured in megabits per second, it’s amazing how much we pay per text message.

As for the reference in the title, it comes from articles on the idea that for the price you pay for the average inkjet printer cartridge, a gallon of printer ink would cost you over $5000.