#cellphones

Corey Kilgannon:

New York City prohibits students from carrying cellphones in public schools, but many are reluctant to leave their phones behind. As a result, the rule has created a modest side business for shops near some schools that allow students to store their phones for a fee.

But along one commercial stretch in Queens that is close to a cluster of schools, storing cellphones has become almost a matter of economic survival. Not only do the merchants reap a small but welcome source of income, but they have also come to rely on the ancillary sales of food and drinks they make to the students dropping off their phones in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon.

The times we live in… Local markets are turning into cell phone storage units that sell produce and candy on the side.

David Pogue:

Look: international roaming has always been insanely priced. And like many people, I’ve always assumed that there’s some reason for it. International tariffs, maybe. Special equipment. Something. It couldn’t be as simple as outrageous, consumer-hostile greed, could it?

Yes, it could.

This is a very clever thing for T-Mobile to try — even if the data will be hampered by very slow speeds. As with SMS, the carriers have long used roaming charges to gouge customers simply because they could.

The general rule seems to be that being a dick is not a sustainable business model.