Mr Rosebud has recently had this unpleasant eye opener to the dark arts of marketing hype:
Surely the sophistry of telcos is getting so extreme these days that the end of the world is nigh.
On Transact’s $19 mobile plan you get a free handset and free voicemail. But when you use the voicemail to retrieve a message it can cost you $1-$2 per minute. The nice bit is you can’t delete the message until after you’ve listened to it.
All they have to do is remind grandma and grandpa to leave a nice long message and the telco can sit back and rake in the cash. If you want to opt out of the plan – fine. That will cost the full price of the handset and no – we dont accept returns of used handsets – which 11 days into a 2 year plan comes to $442.88.
You can avoid the voicemail charges by having it disabled – which probably explains why you see so many people using mobile phones whilst driving these days.