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    , OrigamiCar wrote


    In this day and age it is unbelievable that everything isn't treated as just data. Texts, phone calls, internet usage etc should all be charged and the same rate. ie - pay $XX per month for unlimited (or capped at XXgb) and we don't care what type of data is used as that's all it is - data.

    Packet-switched networks don't work well for real-time communication: you need circuit-switching. 'Voice' channels on mobile phones provide a special type of connection (granted, it may be packet-based fundamentally) that you can't get with a 'pure' IP.