Source: David Goldman’s TI-1795SV calculator
I noted today that wireless customers who pay 20 cents per text are shelling out $1,250 per megabyte. But that’s only true if they’re writing 160-character text messages.
Most people don’t text essays. They write “where r u?” or “thx.”
Doing the quick math, paying 20 cents per message means a 1-byte message of “k” costs an unreal $20,000 per megabyte.
Unlimited plans aren’t much better, even if you text an awful lot. For a light user (5 messages per day), a 1-byte message still costs $12,900 per megabyte. For a heavy user (300 texts a day), a text of “k” will still cost $215 per megabyte. -David