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Re: a correction Congress asks phone companies: Why are text prices rising?
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 12:45:45 -0400

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From: Earle Jones <earle.jones () comcast net>
Date: September 11, 2008 12:18:13 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: "ip" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re: Congress asks phone companies: Why are text prices rising?

Dave:  A correction for IP.

From:  http://www.askoxford.com/worldofwords/quotations/quotefrom/mallory/

"In March 1923, in an interview with The New York Times, the British mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, and replied, 'Because it's there'. The answer became famous, not least because Mallory himself was lost on Everest in the following year. It was sometimes suggested that he and his fellow- climber Andrew Irvine, who were last seen 'going strong for the summit', might in fact have reached it before their deaths, but there was no proof."

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On Sep 11, 2008, at 7:20 AM, David Farber wrote:

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From: Rahul Tongia <tongia () cmu edu>
Date: September 11, 2008 9:38:03 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Congress asks phone companies: Why are text prices rising?


My general reaction to why companies do this is what is called the Rod Stewart philosophy of why:
Why do rock stars marry supermodels?:
"Because we can"

Unlike Edmund Hillary who said "Because it's there" (why climb Mt. Everest), here companies are manufacturing opportunities. As Odlyzko and others have pointed out, per bit, the profit margin is mind-boggling for text messages. And I still gosh-darn pay for incoming (unlike the rest of the world).


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