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Good riddance.

I don't understand this sentiment. Good riddance to what, exactly? A simple and universal method of quick communication between literally every cellphone in the world?

Good riddance to carriers making 6,500% profit off of texts.

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Probably the rediculious fees for sending and receiving text messages. As a British person I can't believe the American networks charge to receive text messages.

Well its more bs than just getting charged for getting a text. You basically get 2 choices: * pay per text (which is totally lame I agree) * pay ~$20/mo for unlimited

Most people just opt for the latter because if you ever send more texts a month than $20 it "pays" off in the end.

Both options suck, the phone companies not being able to gouge for texts is no love lost in my opinion.

The third option is to cancel your text plan, which I have done. If my friends send me a text, it disappears into the ether (no error message). I'm trying to get folks used to contacting me through any other means (email, fb, g+, gchat, call me...maybe?).

True, I don't consider that much of an option personally as I rather prefer texts to the rest. But thats just like, my opinion man.

How has dropping texting entirely worked out? I've often wondered what the impact would be myself. Not that I have the balls to do it.

The technology is poisoned by the insane fees for it and the business model itself. Paying per text, or pre-buying blocks of messages feels archaic, no?

Simple, universal, and insanely expensive. Nothing says "oligopoly" quite like charging 20 cents for a 140 byte message.

I wonder which existing technologies cost the user more than SMS per bit of transferred information. Even traditional mail is often cheaper.

A single SMS in the US can cost 40 cents, since both the sender and receiver will pay if they don't have bulk plans. Any message containing more than one SMS worth of information would be cheaper to send by first class mail, although the SMS does win for anything short enough to fit into one message.

Maybe there are costlier satellite data plans. A quick search of Iridium's plans revealed no prices, just resellers and offers of quotes, which indicates it may be really pricey.

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