Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 21:28 UTC
In the News A few months ago, I wrote an article about comments, in which I said, among others things, that Twitter can never replace comments because not only is it effectively a one-to-one communication channel, Twitter messages are also far too short to foster any form of coherent conversation. Over the weekend, a silly link-bait story illustrated my point perfectly.
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RE[5]: 140 characters
by Alfman on Tue 27th Mar 2012 01:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: 140 characters"
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"However, the carrier still have to pay for transmitting your SMS from your tower to your recipient tower, and whether that cost 10cents or not, is debatable."

I don't think it's debatable at all. Prepaid phone cards retail around $0.10/minute and deliver a far larger (and bidirectional) payload than an SMS. One could place a call, read the text out loud several times and get detailed feedback for the same price as one text. On todays cellular networks a hundred bytes costs practically nothing, but phone companies see no reason to evolve their highly profitable legacy fee structures. I guess there may be legacy limitations with SMS over GSM, but I think the limitations are kinda pathetic today.

Texting never really had much appeal to me, but even if it did I'd still find the prices to be a rip off.

Edit: If I had read ahead I would have seen that others already made the same points as me, oh well.

Edited 2012-03-27 01:30 UTC

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