[LINK] Facebook trialling autoplay video adverts

Scott Howard scott at doc.net.au
Sun Sep 15 03:36:15 AEST 2013

On Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 7:23 AM, Jan Whitaker <jwhit at melbpc.org.au> wrote:

> Keep in mind, that as far as I know still, the US plans are each side
> pays for part of the call - the caller and the receiver. Is that
> still true, Scott? It wouldn't impact on data traffic, but it would
> for voice calls. Is there a charge for receiving an SMS?

Correct - you pay for both making and receiving calls, as well as SMS. Most
plans are actually sold on a "minutes" basis rather than a cost basis. eg,
a plan might have "900 minutes", which would include both incoming and
outgoing calls.

Whilst there are disadvantages to this, there's also some advantages. The
biggest advantage is that calling a cell phone from a landline costs the
same as calling another landline. In effect, there is no distinction
between cell phones and any other phones - the number ranges are the same,
and the costs to call them are the same.  You can even do cool stuff like
moving numbers between line types - my current cell phone number was
actually ported from a landline (well, VOIP)!

When you hear about so many people in the US dropping landlines in favor of
cell phones, this is why it's so easy to do - especially it the days of
unlimited plans.


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