Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3044 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 467

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 60089 19-Apr-2010 10:32
Send private message

Looking through Sideswipe in the NZ Herald today, I read this letter sent in by a guy who seems surprised that Vodafone determines a text message as "160 characters" (shock!)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sideswipe/news/article.cfm?c_id=702&objectid=10639214

"Anyone aware of the latest scam in telco world?" asks John Griffin. "I received an unusually high account from Vodafone yesterday and it appears the new way to make money is to define a text as a group of 160 characters ... those 160 characters are inclusive of all those spaces between words, commas, exclamation marks and the little space dots that you might use to indicate a pause ... so, that means Vodafone now splits your text into 160 character lots and charges 17 cents per grouping; 320 characters is two texts. Based upon an average word size of five letters that now means you get charged 20 cents for every text of 27 words. Now this old coot understands why teenagers don't speak plain English when texting ... you get stung for being literate."




I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
484 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 320140 19-Apr-2010 10:40
Send private message

I read that and my first thought was "well, you can't fix stupid"




For billions of years since the outset of time, every single one of your ancestors survived, every single person on your Mum and Dads side, successfully looked after and passed onto you life.  What are the chances of that like?

BDFL - Memuneh
61781 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 12434

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

 
 
 
 


xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9146 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1443

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 320145 19-Apr-2010 10:51
Send private message

"latest scam" for what has been there all along..I was tempted to send a repose to that but thought stuff it...Im sure someone else would have already done so :)

Its also known as "short message service" , not "let me send you my life story via text".

90% of my texts never exceed 50 characters and thats including punctuation.




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-xxxx @ x.xxGHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and more.    


BDFL - Memuneh
61781 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 12434

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 320149 19-Apr-2010 10:56
Send private message

I think the reader also tries to make the point that Vodafone is charging for the empty spaces between words. And the punctuation marks too.

Unbelievable. Vodafone, have you no shame? :D






19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


  Reply # 320150 19-Apr-2010 10:56
Send private message

Shakes head and goes back to work

27270 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6699

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 320157 19-Apr-2010 11:08
Send private message

One can assume the guy has possibly got a handset newer than ~5 years that handles multipart SMS and lets you type beyond 160 characters! Most old ones didn't.

User fail.

17 posts

Geek


  Reply # 320159 19-Apr-2010 11:10
Send private message

My head hurts :(
Regards, Nigel - VFNZ

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9146 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1443

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 320161 19-Apr-2010 11:17
Send private message

The "elder" generation and cellphones dont mix too well.... my father complained that the phone I loaned him didnt work after the 1st week......... he couldnt figure out how to take it off keylock......... also he gave it back to me saying it was of no use to him because he had used all the credit. (Bang head on wall).

So... anyone need a 2D sim ? Only used a few times by a Scouser......... :-p




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-xxxx @ x.xxGHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and more.    


1854 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 26

Trusted

  Reply # 320183 19-Apr-2010 11:57
Send private message

This guy is an idiot.

Sad thing is, he'll likely never find out he was wrong.

17 posts

Geek


  Reply # 320184 19-Apr-2010 12:00
Send private message

Actually one of my co-workers has a ticket for this person :)

6434 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1571


  Reply # 320196 19-Apr-2010 12:27
Send private message

If sideswipe didn;t have a history of publishing utterly retarded comments I would think this was trolling.

393 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 320238 19-Apr-2010 14:21
Send private message

you really just can't help some people
if you explained to that gentleman that this is the way that texts have always worked and that it was probably written in one of the many unread booklets he got with his phone .... he still wouldnt care




this is where a signature goes

30 posts

Geek


  Reply # 320382 19-Apr-2010 18:34
Send private message

freitasm: I think the reader also tries to make the point that Vodafone is charging for the empty spaces between words. And the punctuation marks too.

Unbelievable. Vodafone, have you no shame? :D




Tomorrow somebody will complain Vodafone for charging him / her "talk time" when taking a breath between conversations..... 

6434 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1571


  Reply # 320542 20-Apr-2010 09:19
Send private message

from todays (not sure if this is one of you guys):

Colin Law writes: "The gentleman who 'reveals' a mobile phone texting scam may be horrified to know the company also charge calls by the minute or second regardless of whether you speak or not. A text message full of dots or spaces takes just as much resource to transmit as a msg ful of txt and lol. And more shock horror - an aerogramme is still $1.80 at NZ Post even if you only write 'I'm fine how are you'?"

19282 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2600
Inactive user


Reply # 320558 20-Apr-2010 09:34
Send private message

NonprayingMantis: from todays (not sure if this is one of you guys):

Colin Law writes: "The gentleman who 'reveals' a mobile phone texting scam may be horrified to know the company also charge calls by the minute or second regardless of whether you speak or not. A text message full of dots or spaces takes just as much resource to transmit as a msg ful of txt and lol. And more shock horror - an aerogramme is still $1.80 at NZ Post even if you only write 'I'm fine how are you'?"


Link love?

 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Geekzone Live »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.