"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."