Monday, November 7, 2011 7:25:07 PM
#1 – Text messaging from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, & Verizon ($.20)
With all the high-priced gizmos out there, how does a $.20 text message make my #1 spot? Let’s do a little math. AT&T charges $.20 per text message. A single text message is limited to 160 characters, which is at most 160 bytes in size. So, 1GB of bandwidth can handle about 6.25 million text messages. Multiply 6.25 million by $.20 and you find that the cell phone companies are charging $1.25 million per GB of data for text messaging. If you’re a heavy texter, texting plans from the carriers can drive cost per gigabyte down into the tens-of-thousands of dollars. Or use that old standby, email, instead.