In this blog piece he states:
"Last week, in The Times and on my blog, I’ve been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions."
It's estimated that this nets the cellphone industry an additional $620 million in revenue.
What I found interesting was this little factoid:
"iPhone owners’ voicemail doesn’t have these instructions — Apple insisted that AT&T remove them."
And now that I think about it ... my best friend asked me a few days after getting my iPhone why it goes straight to my voice message. I told him I didn't know and the topic never came up again.
What's even more interesting to me ... it seems this may be the first time there is concrete evidence of a handset maker (Apple) dictating a term and condition to a cellular carrier.
It's also interesting that Apple noticed this "overcharge/redundancy" and it ends up being a major money saving feature of the iPhone that people just take for granted.
By owning an iPhone ... I'm saving my friends who leave me messages from T-Mobile and Verizon.