Trouble in the office today: 3 colleagues returned from a one week trip to switzerland (we’re based in germany), and had to find out that researching stuff via a GPRS data connection can be expensive: it turns out that a 50 kb (that’s KILObyte) packet costs 99 EuroCents. That’s a rip-off if I have ever seen one.
Total charges were roughly 700 Euros for 3 people that week. And they didn’t do anything too fancy, either.
Is that what the mobile future is supposed to look like? Do operators really expect people to keep paying this? How can they even *think* people are going to use UMTS? I mean, mobile data is *the* number one promise of GPRS and UMTS.
The worst part about that is the pricing is anything but transparent: we have a tarrif that entitles us to 30 Megabytes per month, but this is obviously only for connections made while in germany (so, we pay 700 Euros, but at least we haven’t even touched our free 30 Megabytes…). To find the rate for international data, you have to dig really really deep into the operator’s web site, and even then it does not match our bill.
What do we do about it? Cancel the data tarrifs, most likely. And look for cheaper WiFi access. I can’t believe this happens in 2004.