Four U.S carriers questioned by Senator about doubled text messaging rates
Ever notice how the rates of text messaging seem to have doubled in the last three years? U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl does, and he’s taking it to the man — by sending letters to four top U.S. carriers.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile in the US have all been sent letters by Sen. Kohl where he expresses concern about “sharply rising rates [these] companies have charged to wireless phone customers for text messaging.”
Sen. Kohl takes into account the fact that the cost of sending or receiving a text message had doubled to 20 cents on all four carriers since 2005. He also points out that the carriers appear to have issued their price increases at about the same time as each other, with identical rates. Is there a conspiracy going on?
It is not mentioned whether any of the four carriers have responded to Sen. Kohl’s letter. Most likely, they haven’t yet. We’ll update you on the latest developments.