For the past few weeks New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has been urging readers to complain to Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T about voice mail instructions that consumers hear when they leave messages or retrieve their own.

The 15-second message amount to theft of customers money and time, according to Pogue.

The campaign is beginning to work.

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Consumers in the U.S., Canada and Spain spend more money on mobile phone services than the remaining 27 countries in the OECD, according to a new report. Taylor Reynolds, an economist with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and author of the report, says residents of the Scandinavian countries pay the least to use their phones.

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I’ve finally chosen a new phone. I picked the T-Mobile myTouch, an Android device, over Apple’s iPhone.

The actual device was less a factor for me than cost of the plan and quality of the network. The iPhone is clearly a more advanced creature (although the myTouch is good enough for me). T-Mobile’s data plan is cheaper. In fact, thanks to a customer loyalty program (I’ve been withT-Mobile for a few years) I was able to get unlimited minutes, unlimited data, and 400 text messages per month for about $75. The T-Mobile network, while not always perfect, has been generally reliable. All the stories about dropped calls and 3G outages on the iPhone with AT&T scared me away.

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I’m in the market for a new smartphone and can’t decide what to buy.

My BlackBerry Curve has been a good phone but I just want something new and different. I’m not considering the highly-touted Palm Pre because it runs on the Sprint network, which is weak where I live.

So I’ve narrowed my choice to an iPhone or a device that runs on Google’s open source Android operating system, like the T-Mobile/HTC myTouch.

Today, some Android fans try to get me in their corner.

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