SMS Text Messages Cost £374.49/Meg!

At 5p per text most people don’t think twice about sending a quick text message to a friend or even firing back and forth rapid messages in a text conversation. However when you add up the cost per byte of information, as a scientist at the University of Leicester has done, you see quite how much of a scam text messaging is.
According to Dr Nigel Bannister the cost of an SMS message can be broken down like this.

The maximum size for a text message is 160 characters, which takes 140 bytes because there are only 7 bits per character in the text messaging system, and we assume the average price for a text message is 5p. There are 1,048,576 bytes in a megabyte, so that’s 1 million/140 = 7490 text messages to transmit one megabyte. At 5p each, that’s £374.49 per MB

Now comparing that to the cost of downloading data from the Hubble Space Telescope which costs £8.85 to get the data down from the telescope itself and costs about £85 for the whole process of getting it from telescope to end user we can see how much of a scam the mobile networks have got going.

How the hell they can justify this beggars belief, well aside from the fact that they are capitalist shit bags 😉

Anyway since this post has a link to the Hubble telescope I’ve got an excuse to post a picture of the Ultra Deep Field.A far better use of bandwidth than PRTY 2NITE @ SHZZAS or whatever 🙂

Posted on May 14, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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