Certainly this is a polemic. Technologies ideally getting cheaper over times, no body shall interfere with this trend. Once parties getting less money; ones shall be innovative on creating solution without being a hindrance to the trend. Carriers might be dying, but in turn they'll create more advanced generations.
Zimbabwe government is on the right track. Carriers (and ALL businesses) must earn the money they deserve. They have no right to make money for doing nothing.
I'm a prepaid subscriber with more than 2000+ free sms that will expire for 6 months... I remember the time that before the era of smartphone how expensive sms services are and how very short its promo subscription rate is. like used it before 24h-7days etc. (depends on your promo subscription you choose)... but look at now, I got it for free with very long expiry... our carrier make a promotion that when you subscribed for unlimited data plan (my current subscription) you will also get a free sms (wow) but now I don't see the point of using sms seriously... that how it dropped. sms services is almost dying, but still useful in some way like if you lost or loose your internet connection, you don't have internet all or you communicating via feature phones without data services etc...
In Singapore, the biggest market share telco wanna charge users from using Skype & WhatsApp, the idea was heavily criticized.
A potential incoming telco CEO said instead of charging users for using such apps to secure it's revenue, his company, if license is granted, will be offering unlimited data plan at affordable price. Now, that's being bold.
He's pushing for innovative infrastructure support while trying to secure a sustainable market share, that's the new generation CEO should be focused on.
Anyway, I ported to another telco with a more attractive data plan. Goodbye SingTel.