Canadian SMS costs out of this world

Max Length of an 8 bit text message

140

Cost of sending or receiving a text message in Canada without a plan

$0.15

Cost per byte in dollars

0.001071

Cost per KiB

$1.10

Cost per MiB

$1,123.47

Cost per GiB

$1,150,437.67

Size in MiB of a low quality movie download

750

Cost of that download at texting rates.

$842,605.71

Size in MiB of a high definition movie download

4096

Cost of that download at texting rates.

$4,601,750.67

Number of text messages sent daily by Canadians in the first 9 months of 20091

100,000,000

Actual amount of data handled in GiB3

2.794

Number of text messages sent daily by Americans in the last half of 20092

5,000,000,000

Actual amount of data handled in GiB3

139.698

Rogers profit in 20094

$4,000,000,000

BCE's net earnings in 20095

$1,738,000,000

Percent increase from 2008

84

Cost of Cassini-Huygens mission6

$3,260,000,000

Year of Launch

1997

Number of Years operating

6.5

Kilometers from Earth to Titan where Cassini-Huygens is operating.7

1,200,000,000

Signal Travel Time, in minutes.

80

Peak data rate, Gbit/s.

1.0

Gigabytes of data Cassini sends home daily.8

5

Max amount of data possible, in GiB.

11,862.50

Cost per GiB

$274,815.60

Number of times more expensive texting is than data from space probe.

4





Originaly posted Jan 31, 2011 to stargard.ca.



1 http://www.cwta.ca/CWTASite/english/newsletter_211209.html#2
2 http://www.ctia.org/media/press/body.cfm/prid/1936
3 Average 30 characters
4 http://www.digitalhome.ca/2010/02/rogers-earned-4-billion-in-profits-in-2009/
5 http://www.itworldcanada.com/blogs/nw-watch/2010/02/04/bce-inc-profits-up-84-per-cent/52826/
6 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens
7 http://www.esa.int/esaMI/Cassini-Huygens/SEMYOSXDE2E_0.html
8 http://www.saturntoday.com/cassini/"Several Gigabytes daily"