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AT&T Raises Messaging Rates

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BigShowJB

Jan 28, 2008, 12:05 PM

anyone placing bets

as to who's next?

T-Mo or alltel?
T-mobile most def! put me down for an i told you so!
I really dont think T-Mo is gonna raise their messaging prices cuz they already did. I believe this happened in March of '07. the raised their text messages to $0.15 and they brought down their picture mail to $0.15, so everything is already $0.15! t...
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SCTelephoneMan

Jan 29, 2008, 7:06 PM

they raised it because they can

texting is a drug and people are addicted. pay per use is dumb, because:

you can block it for free

you can get a bundle for cheap


the reason carriers do this is to boost arpu. remember, it's all about the total ticket, not what any individual feature costs. wall street wants it, so get that arpu up!
carlsberg

Jan 28, 2008, 2:22 PM

It is simple...

It is really f-ed up. Simple as that.

Cellphone providers know people text left and right so they can charge more. Everyone with or without a text plan texts.

I blame it all on the kids and those that think it is cool to text left and right. Text messages are designed to send a quick message and not used to carry on conversations like some of those idiots out there like to do.

Think about it... it is cheaper to call, so CALL!!

Cellphone providers sees this trend so they can jack up the price for texting. Parents are now forced to pay for the text packages so they don't get a HUGE charge because of their idiotic kid.

Texting is popular in other countries because it is MORE expensive to call so people text. For some reason p...
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so your an idiot for texting instead of talking??? how about if you just dont like to be on the phone much but you dont mind texting...its just like a instant messenger...just dont see how texters are idiots...DUMB DUMB DUMB Smile right
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>Texting is popular in other countries because it
>is MORE expensive to call so people text.

That used to be true, but many people prefer to text than call, not to be "cool" but out of habit (IM generation), convenience (e.g., broadcasting to mult...
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just because you do not txt does not give you the right to call people who txt idiots especially the younger generation. Its the parent's fault for not placing limitations on the account or calling the cellular company to disable their phones to sent...
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Yeah! And get off his lawn, you little hoodlums!
carlsberg said:
It is really f-ed up. Simple as that.

Cellphone providers know people text left and right so they can charge more. Everyone with or without a text plan texts.

I blame it all on the kids and those that think
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chocolateman85006

Jan 28, 2008, 2:16 PM

My goodness, people!

If it bothers you that much, and you really text that much, get a freaking plan!! Mad
thats what i say. thats what the txting price increases are, incentives for subscribers to get plans. soon it will be all data.
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chocolateman85006 said:
If it bothers you that much, and you really text that much, get a freaking plan!! Mad


The problem is, I don't think people appreciate being forced into text bundles/plans by ridiculous...
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Gameday78

Jan 28, 2008, 11:57 AM

Let the Price Gouging Begin!

Well what else can I say? I think I said it all the other week when it was Sprint or Verizon (I forget which) did the same thing.
Thats ****ed up. How the hell are you going to charge more to send a text than to make a one minute phone call. I have Verizon and they just did the same thing. But the problem is they increased the text rates a couple of months ago and now they are i...
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rafster

Jan 28, 2008, 1:15 PM

I just don't understand....

You would think carriers would want people to text more than talk...

It costs them less bandwidth for people to be texting than to call...

I guess I understand corporate greed, but this is getting ridiculous....

The least that they could do is make incoming texts free or cheaper...hell, make out going 0.25/msg and make incoming free....

It doesn't bother me though.... I have unlimited messaging...

Rafster
It's more than simple econmics I'm afraid. Carriers want customers to add some type of messaging package because that is a more guaranteed revenue than a per message charge, which will fluctuate month to month. Most customers who add a messaging fea...
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lufrebent

Jan 28, 2008, 11:51 AM

Contract Cancelation?

Does this mean customers should be able to get out of contracts without an ETF? I know AT&T fought it last time, but will they do it again?
why not? supposedly this wa a material change for people who had sprint....
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yes they can!!!!! whoo-hoo!!!!
i can understand why my friend has so many problems with the cusotmer care, yesterday i posted in their forum asking if there was anything that could help her get out of her contract and they said no and got an attitude...
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no. text message is not contracted. it is not a feature that you agree to. you're plan is the what gets you out of the contract.
And go ot another company that'll do the same thing, if they already haven't? What's the point?
jskrenes

Jan 28, 2008, 12:53 PM

If you cancel service where are you going to go?

Sprint (which will probably not be in existence within the next year or two, maybe bought out by Google, though that's a whole other thread) and Verizon just upped their rates, and the last time this happened, just a few months ago from 10 up to 15 cents, Alltel followed suit, and probably T Mobile too.

So if you cancel service, you're just moving from one carrier who charges 20 cents a message to another that does the same thing. And no, this does NOT constitute a breach of contract (at least it doesn't for VZW customers, probably the same for ATT).
jskrenes said:
Sprint (which will probably not be in existence within the next year or two, maybe bought out by Google, though that's a whole other thread) and Verizon just upped their rates, and the last time this happened, just a
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gjh1978

Jan 28, 2008, 12:44 PM

THIS DOES NOT GET YOU OUT OF YOUR CONTRACT!!!!!

To clarify this.

First, this is an "optional service."

What that means is that if you do not wish to subscribe or use this service, you do not have to.

YOU DO have the option to contact customer service to "opt-out" of SMS, MMS, and internet services on your phone.

What this is saying is that if you do not do the above, YOU WILL be charged the per-message rate, whatever that may be.

This does not constitute a breach of contract or a "material change" as it is an optional service which you DO NOT have to use and you can opt-out of.

Hope this clarifies the situation a bit.
azdurangoman

Jan 28, 2008, 11:47 AM

BUNDLE OR DIE!!

parents of teenagers beware!! Twisted Evil
thats right. surrender to the Death Star Smile
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