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Wisconsin senator Herb Kohl sending messages to cell phone carriers.
He's chairman of the antitrust subcommittee and concerned that they are ripping off consumers by charging exorbitant fees.
For text messages how much while.
Such as he can for the cell -- analyst for PC magazine joins us now with a little bit more.
On that discussion.
I was amazed to find out that it basically doesn't cost the cellphone carriers anything.
To transmit a text message is that right Sasha.
Absolutely for them this is almost a free service there's a tiny cost but it's nowhere near what they're charging to consumers because those space the bandwidth that they -- to transmit those messages and that's why they limit the size of these messages.
Is something that is required -- did send a cell phone signal from tower to tower anyway.
Right they're transmitting the message is over something called the control channel which is how your cell phone knows how to connect to the network.
It's something that they had space around four anyway so there filling it with text messages all right so they also figured out that.
You know they can charge people ten cents or twenty cents.
To send these messages now is there anything wrong with that.
Well that depends -- know what people think about that millions of people have been sending text messages and they've been getting more and more popular so obviously people are willing to pay for the service yeah I mean there -- people -- Really don't like to make cell phone calls anymore they just do everything by tax.
You know especially younger kids.
More than while almost three trillion.
Text messages sent in this country in 2008.
And it's only going up now you hear the text messages cost twenty cents each now.
Especially if you only send one at a time.
But most people around packages where typically.
It's pretty nice profit center for that.
It is pure profit absolutely and there aren't as many cell phone carriers as there used to be we've gone from what I -- six big ones to for now.
So that competition is shrinking a little bit as well.
And some people don't think the consolidation is over I mean if you look at -- sprint is struggling and T-Mobile is smaller than the others.
You really wonder is the consolidation over well I guess we'll leave it up to senator Kohl to figure out whether this is fair or not but a lot of people are.
Pretty ticked off of the the boon to the fees they get stuck with at the end of the month.
Absolutely a lot of people are really up in arms about the increase -- cost on their cell phone bills of all of these services.
Whether it be calls data or text messages.
Aren't such -- -- PC magazine thank you.
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