The AP reports on a couple of guys with too much time on their hands:

Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a thumbs-flying total of 217,000. For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000.

Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through the escapade, so Andes didn’t expect such a big bill.

To their credit, the provider (T-Mobile) seems to be acknowledging that the bill was a mistake, so it looks like Andes won’t have to pay the $26,000. But what strikes me is the absurdity of that amount, even without an unlimited plan.

Assuming 140 characters per message (and many were doubtless shorter), 217,000 text messages works out to roughly 30 MB. That’s megabytes, not gigabytes. In what universe should it cost tens of thousands of dollars to transfer 30 MB?

What a scam.

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