SMS Text Messages More Expensive Than Getting Data From Space

Posted: May 13 2008, 11:45am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:03am CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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Anyone who owns a mobile phone and likes to text message knows how expensive text messaging can be. According to a scientist from the Channel 4 programme called The Mobile Phone Rip-Off those text messages cost more than space exploration.

According to Dr. Nigel Banister the average SMS text message costs 5p and getting a megabyte of data from the Hubble space telescope costs £85. When you sit down and do the math according to PC Advisor a single text message can take up a max of 140 bytes.

It would take 7490 text messages to send the same 1MB of data via SMS. At the 5p per text that would work out to around £375 for 1MB of data via texting. Maybe NASA and other space agencies should look into texting data to and from space.

Via PC Advisor

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