According to a study from California consumer advocates...
Greg Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times
points to a new study that claims the average cellphone user actually pays about $3 per minute for wireless service. That's according to a new study by the Utility Consumers' Action Network
, who came to that number by comparing the average number of minutes charged in more than 700 San Diego consumers' telecom bills and dividing by the average number of actual minutes used. That number is seriously skewed by consumers paying for much more service than they use, though the study also notes the price of call waiting has jumped 86% since 2004, the cost of an unlisted number is up 346%, and the cost of directory assistance has increased 1,630%.