You're right about that; text message charges are essentially financial rape. A one-minute call probably costs the phone company 1000 times more than a text message. But phone companies have more monopoly market power to screw their customers than TiVo has. Then again, maybe that's why TiVo is getting into bed with the cable companies, who make the phone companies seem almost reasonable and benevolent by comparison. Once the cable companies get TiVo where they want them, they'll happily screw TiVo just like they screw their customers, of course.