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Texting Costs In UK Are 'Out Of This World' -- More Expensive Than Downloading Data From Hubble Space Telescope

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May 13, 2008
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University of Leicester
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Space scientist says texting in the United Kingdom is at least four times more expensive than receiving scientific data from space.

A University of Leicester space scientist has worked out that sending texts via mobile phones in the United Kingdom works out to be far more expensive than downloading data from the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Dr Nigel Bannister's calculations were used for the Channel 4 Dispatches programme "The Mobile Phone Rip-Off".

He worked out the cost of obtaining a megabyte of data from Hubble -- and compared that with the 5p cost of sending a text.

He said: "The bottom line is texting is at least 4 times more expensive than transmitting data from Hubble, and is likely to be substantially more than that.

"The maximum size for a text message is 160 characters, which takes 140 bytes because there are only 7 bits per character in the text messaging system, and we assume the average price for a text message is 5p. There are 1,048,576 bytes in a megabyte, so that's 1 million/140 = 7490 text messages to transmit one megabyte. At 5p each, that's 374.49 per MB - or about 4.4 times more expensive than the 'most pessimistic' estimate for Hubble Space Telescope transmission costs."

Dr Bannister said it had been difficult to work out exactly how much Hubble data transmission costs. So he contacted NASA who gave him a firm figure of 8.85 per megabyte (MB) for the transmission of data from HST to the Earth.

"This doesn't include the cost of the ground stations and the time of the personnel along the way, but it is an unambiguous number for that part of the process. So that's 8.85 to get each MB from Hubble, to the first point of contact on the ground, but no further. Hence we need to go a little bit further to estimate exactly how much it costs to transmit data from Hubble to the end user - i.e. to the data archive which scientists can access. This is difficult, so I had to make some conservative assumptions."

Dr Bannister estimated the cost of the data from Hubble could vary between 8.85 and 85 per MB- much cheaper than the 374.49 per MB cost of transmitting one MB of text.

He concludes: "Hubble is by no means a cheap mission -- but the mobile phone text costs were pretty astronomical!"


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University of Leicester. "Texting Costs In UK Are 'Out Of This World' -- More Expensive Than Downloading Data From Hubble Space Telescope." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 13 May 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080512115938.htm>.
University of Leicester. (2008, May 13). Texting Costs In UK Are 'Out Of This World' -- More Expensive Than Downloading Data From Hubble Space Telescope. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080512115938.htm
University of Leicester. "Texting Costs In UK Are 'Out Of This World' -- More Expensive Than Downloading Data From Hubble Space Telescope." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080512115938.htm (accessed November 24, 2014).

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