Interesting statistics for year 2008. Text rip-off in USA present as well:
- 2,5 trillion messages sent worldwide ( up 32 % )
- relative price in the period of 3 years went from 10 to 20 cents
- industry consolidation: from 6 major carriers to 4
"Text messaging files are very small," the Democratic senator said, "as the size of text messages are generally limited to 160 characters per message, and therefore cost carriers very little to transmit."
AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile explained their pricing plans in a request made by Kohl, but failed to relay information about the cost of text messages. T-Mobile and AT&T said their message costs are unimportant, since they are part of a package deal.