A couple of weeks ago I pointed to and agreed with a post by Tom Evslin about the absurdly high rates AT&T was reportedly charging U.S. soldiers in Iraq to call home to the states. Both Tom’s and my post got a lot of attention and comments, and Tom is staying on the case and has posted an interesting update with detailed information provided by someone who sounds like they know the deal. After detailing the various calling options available for the more tech-savvy, a current soldier in Iraq comments:
So why does anyone use AT&T? Good question. My only guess is simply that people do it because the phone cards are sent by family and friends, or the soldier doesn’t know about the other, much, much cheaper options available to them.
It’s nice to hear that our military personnel do have other, cheaper options, like using VoIP, but I’m no less unhappy with AT&T’s role here. For a lot more details on what options they currently have, and to follow the comments and continuing reporting that Tom is doing, check out his most recent post about the issue.