TuskenTower on 28 Dec 2008 09:04:30 -0800

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[PLUG] [OT] NYTimes article: What Carriers Aren’t Eager to Tell You About Texting


I thought this part was interesting enough to warrant an OT topic:
"Perhaps the costs for the wireless portion at either end are high —
spectrum is finite, after all, and carriers pay dearly for the rights
to use it. But text messages are not just tiny; they are also free
riders, tucked into what's called a control channel, space reserved
for operation of the wireless network."

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