Entries Matching: TXTSMS
Today AT&T announced that it was offering a new feature to some of its subscribers: unlimited calling to any mobile number. This comes after the news that they were also offering free microcells (little boxes that boost reception in your home) to some iPhone users, and that Verizon was offering unlimited wireless data to its own iPhone subscribers. Why is this flood of enticements evidence that there is not very much competition between wireless companies?
Today marks the day that the two organizations that control the world of text messaging – CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) – recognized they have a problem. The system they created to handle short codes (those five or six digit codes used from everything from American Idol voting to donating to your favorite charity) that has allowed the blocking of political speech, fundraising for Haitian earthquake relief, and opt-in messages from businesses is broken. The CTIA and MMA announced that they would form a “joint task force” to examine some of the problems.
Background: CTIA, The Wireless Association and its affiliate Mobile Marketing Association this morning announced plans for a task force to work on two issues related to short codes. The announcement is here.
The following is attributed to Michael Weinberg, staff attorney for Public Knowledge:
“We are encouraged that the wireless industry has at last recognized that there is a problem with the long time it takes to obtain a short code, and has set up a group to work on the issue.
Last week, AT&T quietly “streamlined” their text messaging offerings by eliminating the $5/200 message/month plan and the $15/1,500 message/month plan. This leaves customers with two options – pay $10 a month for 1000 messages or $20 a month for unlimited messages. In doing so, AT&T doubled the cost of text messaging for a significant percentage of their customers – a service that costs AT&T essentially nothing to provide.
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