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How to Avoid the ‘Twitter Tax’

When I mentioned three hidden dangers of Twitter, one of the things I mentioned was the hidden cost of text messages. Here’s a more in-depth look at the problem and how to get around this ‘Twitter Tax’.

A few days ago, The Consumerist noted the following,

Verizon and other cellphone companies mark up the cost of text messages by at least 7314% when compared to their rates for data transfer services.

According to their calculations,

Verizon’s max text message size is 160 characters. At 7 bits per character, that’s 1120 bits or 140 bytes. Without a text messaging plan, those 140 bytes run you $.15 (fifteen cents), according to Verizon’s website.

When comparing this to the cost of regular data transfer, we see,

That’s $.015 per data kilobyte versus $1.09 per text message kilobyte. In other words, a markup of 7314%.

Given this markup (partially a result of how text messages work), no wonder people are going broke while they Twitter away. In light of this, I thought it would be nice to point out a little application based on FlashLite 2.x technology (supported on Nokia S60 3rd Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0 based Pocket PC/Smartphones) that allows you to access and update Twitter through a GPRS/3G internet connection instead of text messages. Simply sign up for a $20/month unlimited data access plan and you’re set.

Do you know of similar applications for other phones (platforms)?

Yep, you may enjoy this; then again, you may bawl your eyes out if you compare $20 unlimited data access on GPRS/3G in the States compared to what we have here in Australia.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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