We all know AT&T sucks. As a person who works for an AT&T Competetitor, I really know. They are the absolute worst.
What they are doing to our soldiers in Iraq should not suprise anyone.
They have an exclusive contract to provide payphones in the PBXs in Iraq and Afghanistan. No big deal there, but they also are blocking the access numbers for phone cards - that is to say, unless the soldier has an AT&T calling card, it won't work. That practice is illegal in the United States. On top of that, the rate on the cards is twenty-one cents a minute.
The wholesale rate for calls is less than a penny a minute.
Being a capitalist, I like to say there is no such thing as an excess profit. But this is, well, typical AT&T and SBC behavior. Monopolistic and predatory.
You can read more on Tech News From Digg here and Fractals of Change here.