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AT&T to raise SMS charges, adds unlimited iPhone plan

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AT&T is preparing to raise its rates on SMS messages to $.20 per message beginning March 30, according to a new report. The per-message raise would affect iPhone users who have gone over the 200 monthly messages afforded them in a standard iPhone voice plan. MMS multimedia messages will also see an increase to $.30 per message; the iPhone currently does not offer MMS support. In addition to the SMS rate change, the carrier has also added a new unlimited rate plan for iPhone. The plan, which runs $119.99 a month, includes unlimited voice and data, but still offers only 200 SMS messages a month. It is available now through AT&T.

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1

That’s stingy ATT.. I think Sprint has the best plan right now 99.00.. When Wimax comes with sprint they will change the industry…

Posted by brian on March 10, 2008 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

2

Does the Sprint $99 plan come with unlimited data or is that just voice? Hmm?

Posted by tyler on March 10, 2008 at 12:20 PM (CDT)

3

I’ll answer that question myself… Yes, it seems Sprint’s plan does come with unlimited data.

Posted by tyler on March 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

4

IS it costing them more to provide the service?  Has the cost of bandwidth/txt sending providing/whatever gone up?  I don’t understand how you can charge more for something that doesn’t cost you, the provider, more to provide.  Oh wait… Shameless raping of a popular consumer want.

Posted by Jared on March 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM (CDT)

5

Sprint: Unlimited data, text, talk, and direct connect

Nice for AT&T to add in the unlimited plan for iPhone. Too bad they didn’t up the text to like 500.

The increase in Text messages falls in line with other carriers. Sprint increased their texts to .20 like four months ago. The raising in pricing is in an attempt to get people on recurring charges for an actual text message plan and or increasing your text message plan.

Posted by studogvetmed in Loveland, CO on March 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM (CDT)

6

I love how they say night/weekends are unlimited, Mobile to mobile is included, as is rollover. Because you know with unlimited minutes you really have to worry about if the person you are calling is on AT&T…. ;)

Posted by studogvetmed in Loveland, CO on March 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM (CDT)

7

the text update would not affect current customers, there current overage charge would remain the same for text messages (varies depending on what message plan they have).  and you can have unlimited text on the unlimited voice plan, it’s $40 instead of $20

Posted by rdub on March 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

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Be sure to check the fine print. The changes to text prices at Sprint affected ALL subscribers. Some people used it as an “out” for their contract.

Posted by studogvetmed in Loveland, CO on March 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM (CDT)

9

hmmmmm line item change in pricing from att equals voided contract with customers. me thinks this might be a good way to get out of my contract like I did with sprint awhile back.

Posted by wjohns4 on March 10, 2008 at 2:58 PM (CDT)

10

Amazing how people accept outrages like this. SMS uses very little bandwidth, so carrier costs are minimal compared to voice and data. The charges go up and up because cell phones are not a free market. No one wants government regulation, but government regulation is the result of unbridled greed like this.

Posted by Bill on March 10, 2008 at 6:43 PM (CDT)

11

well i pay 20 bucks for the iphone plan and for 10 bucks more i get 1500 text messages. hard to go over.

Posted by Toolarmy on March 10, 2008 at 8:58 PM (CDT)

12

What a farce! I’m not too sure about the states.. but here in the UK text msgs only cost networks £0.01-£0.02 each!
it’s a joke over here that some people pay 12p per txt msg!
you guys are getting seriously ripped off with the mobile price plans but i guess there’s nowt you can do if you need a phone!
and $129 for an unlimitied plan?! lol seriously who uses THAT much! i got unltd data on my phone and upto 2000mins for 25 pounds a month! and that’s only around 50 dollars…

Posted by Ahmed Essat on March 10, 2008 at 10:29 PM (CDT)

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@Ahmed:
Sure, your rates are cheaper, that’s because the value of your national currency isn’t falling faster than Paris Hilton’s bloomers!

Posted by Paul on March 10, 2008 at 11:15 PM (CDT)

14

These SMS charges are ridiculous. I have many international friends from India and elsewhere and text messages over there are practically free. I guess they know people will pay .20 what else are you going to do? I have 1500 and still go over but I believe its .05 which should be the rate for everyone.  As far the the AT&T unlimited plan 200 messages?! What a joke for $119 they should have unlimited across the board or at least more than 200 lousy sms messages. The non iPhone plan unlimited text and talk is $119 I don’t know why AT&T has to charge $139 for the iPhone unlimited talk and message? Doesn’t make sense…...

Posted by Dave on March 11, 2008 at 3:07 PM (CDT)

15

That is the cheapest bit of data too!  So so cheap!  Shame on you AT&T!

Posted by Ian on March 11, 2008 at 4:35 PM (CDT)

16

Wait, can you get an unlimited text messaging plan with the iPhone? Because I was planning on getting an iPhone next month when my Verizon contract expires, but if you can’t get unlimited texts this may seriously affect my decision.

Posted by J.D. on March 12, 2008 at 1:38 PM (CDT)

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You can get unlimited texts for the iPhone for an additional $20 per month. They also have an option where you can get 1500 for $10 per month. Just remember the iPhone will only send and receive SMS text messages. Unfortunately MMS texting with the iPhone is out of the question for now, but you can always email the pictures for free! This also works well for keeping your number of text messages down if your friends and family have phones capable of sending and receiving emails without any additional charges.

Posted by Cbom on April 1, 2008 at 12:22 AM (CDT)

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