You mean I have to PAY for that?

Here’s a great story from the New York Times about the shock that occurs when teenagers discover the cost of swapping all those cute messages with their friends via cellphones. It’s an important read, because it points to the big weakness in all of the wonderful predictions about mobile phone business models, including video.

When phone companies in the U.S. are involved, anything cool is considered an added service with a cost attached.

In other countries, cellphone users not only have 3G phones but also a little goodie known as CPP, Calling Party Pays. This is what opens the door for business models that actually work for consumers, and until we have CPP in this country, I’m afraid all these wonderful ideas will be just that — ideas.

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