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Text Messaging Cost


How Much Does Text Messaging Cost?

 
low costIndividual Texts (without unlimited plan): $0.20-$0.30 eachaverage costUnlimited Text Plan: $20-$30 per monthhigh costText, Talk & Data Plan: $50-$100 a month

While there are websites and apps that allow users to send text messages free of charge, sending and receiving messages via a cell phone usually costs extra.

Typical costs:

  • Cell phone users typically charged $0.10-$0.30 per text for plans that do not include unlimited texts. For example, Sprint[1] charges $0.20 per text for customers who do not have texting included in a plan.
  • Wireless providers that offer unlimited text plans typically charge $10-$30 per month. For example, AT&T[2] charges $20 per month for unlimited texts for individual plans; family plans cost $30.
  • Many wireless telecommunications providers charge for unlimited talk and text simultaneously. For example, T-Mobile offers unlimited talk and text for $60. Verizon Wireless[3] offers "share everything" plans that include unlimited talk and text and limited data for $50-$100.
  • Pre-paid phones offer text plans that either charge per text or allow unlimited texts. For example, depending on which plan a customer signs up for, Verizon[4] charges $0.02-$0.25 per text. AT&T[5] has talk and text plans for prepaid phone that cost $25 and include unlimited text and 250 minutes of talk time.
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What should be included:
  • Text messaging plans typically include the ability to send text, video, photos or audio files.
Additional costs:
  • Sending text message internationally typically is not included in text plans. For example, AT&T[6] charges $10 to send 100 international texts per month. Verizon charges per text sent and received[7] , and rates vary by country, but generally range from $0.05-$0.50 per text. T-Mobile[8] charges $15 for unlimited international text messaging in addition to a limited amount of talk time with international landlines. Sprint[9] offers an unlimited international text message plan for $10.
Discounts:
  • Smartphone owners can download text messaging apps that send free text messages.
  • There are some websites that allow users to send free text messages. For example, Google[10] offers a free SMS service. Some wireless providers offer similar services: Vtext.com[11] allows Verizon customers to receive text messages through the website.
Shopping for text messaging:
  • To get the best deal on text messaging, calculate usage patterns. Examine previous cell phone bills to see how many text messages are sent and received. If it adds up to more than a few dollars, it is worth looking into a package deal.
  • If a large number of text messages are sent to users of the same wireless network, check with the carrier to see if it offers a package that includes unlimited text messaging within the network.
  • When signing up for a plan that includes a text messaging package deal, be sure to look carefully at the fine print before signing to make sure there are no per-message hidden charges.
  • Frequent travelers who want the ability to send and receive text messages while traveling outside of the United States should look for a carrier (such as AT&T or T-Mobile) that uses the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) network, which offers better coverage internationally.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
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Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: JenT in Barrie, Other.Posted: December 10th, 2009 11:12AM
Carrier: BellType of Plan: Coporate
I was with bell and had been to florida (live in ontario) in 2008 and was not charged at all for texting. Apparantly they changed the plan the beginning of August 2008 yet when i was in Pensylvannia the middle of august i was not charged. They said texting in the states was now more, but did not inform me and sent me a bill for $1700 for texting while i was in Florida in 2009.
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  2.  www.att.com/shop/wireless/services/messaginglist.html#sku4680248
  3.  www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/consumer/shop/share-everything.html
  4.  www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/prepay/processPrePayRequest.do?type=ppdaily
  5.  www.att.com/shop/wireless/plans/prepaidplans.html
  6.  www.att.com/shop/wireless/services/messaginglist.html#sku4680248
  7.  www.verizonwireless.com/wcms/global/plans-and-pricing.html
  8.  www.t-mobile.com/templates/generic.aspx?passet=pro_pro_mexico_ild
  9.  shop.sprint.com/mysprint/services_solutions/details.jsp?detId=international_textin...
  10.  www.google.com/mobile/sms/mail/
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