Australians Being Ripped Off on SMS

Australians are paying the highest prices in the world for text messages, which cost the mobile networks practically nothing but earn them millions in profit each year. Australians are expected to send 20 billion texts this year, more than 20 per cent higher than last year. While the cost of mobile phone calls has declined in the past five years, the standard flat rate for a text message at Telstra and Optus has remained unchanged at 25 cents. At Vodafone, a text is 28 cents. According to research done for Fairfax newspapers, that is more than 10 times what it costs in many parts of Asia and almost a third higher than in Europe and Canada

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