Ring signal usury
Published: Monday 2004-04-05.
Selling ring signals for mobile telephones using SMS services is extremely popular. However, the prices they set are simple usury, a polyphonic signal in MIDI format can cost as much as fifteen Swedish kronor (about 1.60 euro). I ordered a signal in conjunction with a record I bought today, even with the price (the song works nice as a ring signal). After ordering, I received a URL to my phone, from which I should retrieve the song using WAP (which means that in addition to the fifteen Swedish kronor, we add the price of sending the ordering text message, and the operator’s usury price for GPRS traffic.
Anyway, the nice thing with the download address was that it ended in a four-digit numeric id code. By increasing the id code with one I was able to retrieve another ring signal without paying, and so on. It worked nicely, I thought that fifteen kronor plus the text message, plus GPRS fee was worth four songs, so four songs it was.
If the ring signals had costed five kronor to download, I might have felt guilty about doing it.
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