Ryan Singel at Wired Epicenter, reporting on an idea presented to mobile carriers to charge money for each service you use:
The companies, Allot Communications and Openet — suppliers to
large wireless companies including AT&T and Verizon — showed off
a new product in a web seminar Tuesday, which included a
PowerPoint presentation (1.5 MB PDF) that was sent to Wired
by a trusted source.
The idea? Make it possible for your wireless provider to monitor
everything you do online and charge you extra for using Facebook,
Skype or Netflix. For instance, in the seventh slide of the above
PowerPoint, a Vodafone user would be charged two cents per MB for
using Facebook, three euros a month to use Skype and $0.50 monthly
for a speed-limited version of YouTube. But traffic to
Vodafone’s services would be free, allowing the mobile carrier
to create video services that could undercut NetFlix on price.