David Pogue writes in the New York Times tech blog about this first AT&T bill for the iPhone. Of course it’s filled with the usual unintelligible telco jargon:
It’s a staggeringly, hatefully complex document, designed by some Monty Pythoneseque committee in charge of consumer confusion . . . I get SIX PAGES of listings of data tidbits that the iPhone has downloaded in the form of email and Web pagesâ€“KILOBYTE BY KILOBYTE! Every graphic on every Web page, every message sent or receivedâ€“itâ€™s all carefully listed by date and time. Not as anything helpful like NYTIMES.COM HOME PAGE or EMAILâ€“no, no. Instead, every single one of the hundreds of listings says the same thing: â€œData Transferâ€ of type â€œDataâ€ at rate code â€œMBRF,â€ along with how many kilobytes it was (usually 1K or 3K).
This is exactly what happens when you have a business based on billing by the kilobyte (a telco) attempting to deliver Internet access on an “unlimited” data plan.