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    If this goes thru- could they be killing the goose that lays their golden eggs?

    Sounds like it may be already here to some small extent, with wireless companies trying to make yoyu pay extra for SMS and MMS, hating that you can get photos off your treo, and wallpapers and ringtones into it, witrhout paying for their extra "services".

    But I really think if they try this malarkey, people will be forced to cut back their use of data.

    Let's see, i already pay $45 a month for (slow- non-evdo Vzn) data that is supposed to be "unlimited"- but they don't want you tethering, and want you to use their MMS and SMS services for extra charges.

    People will hack around it, converting photos, songs, etc. to text and then re-assembling it- or using WAPSWAP-like services. Is it greed?
    "Everybody Palm!"

    Palm III/IIIC, Palm Vx, Verizon: Treo 650, Centro, Pre+.
    Leo killed my future Pre 3 & Opal, dagnabitt!
    Should I buy a Handspring Visor instead?
    Got a Pre2! "It eats iPhones for Breakfast"!
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    That link is broken. But is this the report that was on the news, that ISPs want to charge more for streaming music and downloading music?
    HP has officially ruined it's own platform and kicked webOS loyalists and early TouchPad adopters to the curb. You think after you drop it like a hot potato and mention it made no money and is costing you money, anyone else wants it??? Way to go HP!!

    And some people are fools to keep believing their hype. HP has shown they will throw webOS under the bus and people are still having faith in them??? News flash: if it's own company won't stand behind it, it's finished!
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    Sorry about the link- I don't know why it didn't work...

    But yes, Lady T, it is a report on NBC news that ISP's want to charge you more according to the "type" of data you send. No more one pipe sends all stuff. The guy promoting it was from some mis-named "Progress Freedom Foundation" group, when ironically it seemed destined to squash freedom of expression- since you'd always have to second-guess if you can afford to send a specific type of data. Seems like more a Regress than a Progress to me. Here's the story from MSNBC Interactive:

    Telecom industry considers a la carte Internet
    Could the ‘information superhighway’ someday become a toll road?

    • New pay plan for the Internet?
    March 2: Internet providers are considering a new way to charge for service. NBC's George Lewis reports.

    Nightly News

    By George Lewis
    NBC News
    Updated: 7:40 p.m. ET March 2, 2006

    George Lewis

    LOS ANGELES - Wayne Bauer, an independent filmmaker who lives in Santa Clarita, Calif., uses a free Internet service called Skype to play online Scrabble with a buddy in Texas. They do this with no long-distance charges. But if the cable company that pipes the Internet to Bauer's house gets its way, that could change soon.

    "It's about having a virtual, electronic toll booth to constantly charge you extra for things we get today for a fair and flat rate," says Jeff Chester with the Center for Digital Democracy.

    Consumers like Bauer who make long-distance phone calls on the Internet, those who pay to download tunes or TV shows onto their iPods and people who now watch streaming video free of charge — all might get hit with extra fees.
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    A group of telecommunications companies is mulling ways of charging customers for moving certain kinds of content over the Internet.

    It's all being discussed at the Progress and Freedom Foundation, a think tank funded by the telephone, cable and media industries. This network's parent, NBC Universal, is a member.

    "I don't think this is corporate greed," says Adam Thierer with the Progress and Freedom Foundation. "This is the beginning of a new business model for the Internet."

    Last month, when AOL and Yahoo! announced plans to charge extra for handling certain kinds of bulk e-mail, it provoked a flood of nasty messages. Now, groups ranging from on the left to the Gun Owners of America on the right have joined forces to fight what they call an assault on fundamental freedoms.


    * Senator offers Internet neutrality bill
    * AOL vows to institute fee-based e-mail service

    "This is very much a freedom of speech and freedom of information issue," says Larry Pratt with the Gun Owners of America.

    As Bauer and his friend Al were playing Scrabble recently, they came up with a word they think describes these proposed new fees: B-A-D.
    "Everybody Palm!"

    Palm III/IIIC, Palm Vx, Verizon: Treo 650, Centro, Pre+.
    Leo killed my future Pre 3 & Opal, dagnabitt!
    Should I buy a Handspring Visor instead?
    Got a Pre2! "It eats iPhones for Breakfast"!
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    This has been all over TheRegister in recent weeks ands the major news suppliers are now picking up on it. The most recent fuss is over IM.

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