According to a article in the Windsor Star Bell & Telus plan to charge $0.15 per incoming message.
Bell Mobility will begin charging customers 15 cents per incoming text message on Aug. 8. Telus Mobility is moving to the same billing practice effective Aug. 24.
For those of you who get spam text messages have fun...
Remember those old commercials featuring the 'bankers', with the line 'You have bankers', and the bankers would be under all the furniture etc. grabbing as much money as they could. The same applies to our telephone companies!
... says it has no plans to institute a fee to receive a text message.
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The thread title is wrong, although it looks like the OP tried to correct it.
Yeah, knew it was wrong since I just read this story elsewhere but it was Bell and telus. Thank GOD, I think we have enough reason to hate Rogers, we don't need another one.
Rogers for now says they have no plans to charge for incoming text messages.
It's kinda weird, Rogers being on the right side of the fence for once...
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Not too uncommon down here in the US obviously. Especially on prepaid phones such as the tracphone we have. If an incoming text comes in and you decide to read it, it'll deduct 0.5 units from your remaining balance (which is approximately bout 15 cents as 1 unit is about 30 cent, and a unit is about a minute of time).
Thinking bout going to Net 10 whenever we get the money for the phone (its like 30$ for the phone, but they give you 300 minutes free [100 free with the first 3 card purchases]) and its like 10 cent per minute, with 5 cent per text, and 15 cent per minute international. (not like you can go over, its prepaid, you'll just run out of minutes).
I was listening to a Mac Break Weekly and this type of topic (albeit with US carriers) was discussed. Here's some maths - feel free to correct any mistakes....
So, a message costs 15c to send or receive. Each message is 160 bytes.
There are 1048576 bytes in a megabyte.
You get 1048576/160 messages per megabyte = 6554
Therefore, a megabyte of text messaging data costs 6554*0.15 = $983.
$983! There is no way that it costs $983 to provide hardware and software services for text messages. From memory, I seem to remember that SMS messages were essentially sent on 'spare' parts of the radio waves, so the true cost of sending SMS is virtually negligible. But, all over the world, customers are taken for a ride and cell phone providers are laughing all the way to the bank.
From the article "Telus Mobility spokesperson AJ Gratton cites this rapid growth as the reason for the new charge.
"The growth in text messages has been nothing short of phenomenal," Gratton said, noting Canadians send more than 45 million text messages per day. "This volume places tremendous demands on our network and we can't afford to provide this service for free anymore."
This is nothing but bull*****!
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