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  • AT&T Limiting New Customers to Unlimited Texting Plans or Pay Per Text


    If you don't want an unlimited text message plan and are planning to join the AT&T family, you had better get used to coughing up $0.20 per text (or more for pics and video texts). As of this Sunday, August 21st, new AT&T customers will only have two options for their texting plans: unlimited (starting at $20 per month) or pay per text.

    An AT&T representative confirmed the change this morning, telling me that the new lay of the land shouldn't shake up too many folks, particularly since the resounding majority of new customers opt for the unlimited plans regardless.

    Still, the vast sea of critics who believe mobile carriers like AT&T should offer more choices rather than dictate limited options are not pleased by the news.

    In case you're not keeping track, so far for 2011, this marks the second time AT&T has scaled back on its menu of text messaging plans. In January, you may recall AT&T bringing an end to the 200 messages for $5 per month plan. Also dumped was the 1500 messages for $15 per month plan. Existing customers, however, were allowed to maintain their plans.

    According to AT&T, the change in text plan offerings simply represents another "streamlining" effort in its text messaging plans.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T Limiting New Customers to Unlimited Texting Plans or Pay Per Text started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Donnutt's Avatar
      Donnutt -
      Quote Originally Posted by one_crazy_dude View Post
      Don't go to crazy with you unlimited text plan because thy will accuse you of texting from another device and then throttle your text's if you go over there soft cap they don't tell you about.
      Lol. I already see it. "Your texting from a PC! You now have a 2000 text limit!"
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Many people believe that money, fame, or beauty will make them happy... Hence, they pursue such things only to find that happiness eludes them.
    1. sepelcure's Avatar
      sepelcure -
      My guess is that AT$T is getting ready for iOS5 and iMessage that will allow all of our iDevices to text each other for free (data rates apply).

      Quote Originally Posted by Extremador View Post
      That's where Textfree comes in. All these companies offering free texting services are going to be getting a lot more money probably. I've been texting for 2 months using Textfree, and it's basically the same as using regular texting.
    1. DJ NiveK's Avatar
      DJ NiveK -
      Just keep ******* your customers in the *** at&t, maybe daddy's little rich girls will like it, but us straight guys who work hard for our money will keep enjoying T-Mobiles pussy
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Heard they did away with the 1500 plan that I got.
    1. DSR500cr's Avatar
      DSR500cr -
      My costs for having an AT&T "Family Plan " are closing in on
      my mortgage costs for my home!
      Seems to me that these " major carriers " should be taking notice to all the pre- paid type of deals going on these days. I know and work with
      many people who use this type of service and are very pleased with it.
      While I have no personal experience,
      the Monthly bottom line seems very attractive...
    1. CONVBMW's Avatar
      CONVBMW -
      F-ing pigs. THIS is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE Google voice.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I actually don't mind unlimited txt cause its still cheaper for Us. I'm on a Family Plan with 3 iPhones all with unlimited Data & still pay less than $206.00 a Month. So it's all good from my perspective.
    1. Extremador's Avatar
      Extremador -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      The downside of these free texting companies is that you don't get texts to your actual number (that I have seen anyway). For those that use texts for social reasons, this is acceptable. For those who need it to stay in touch with coworkers, etc. this isn't the most convenient way to do things. I have a home number, and a mobile number. last thing people need is a texting number. Most people would likely just look at mobile number and shoot a text there anyway.
      Right, but you get your OWN dedicated number from using Textfree. When I give people my number, I give them my main one and my Textfree number. It's basically like those business types that have two phones (or a work phone and a personal phone). If people really want to reach you they will text the number that they know you will answer from. Everyone I used to text with my regular number I now text with Textfree, and I have no problems. Even new people I meet. For *new* customers, all they have to do is tell people their 2 numbers. Now, this would basically only be for any devices where Textfree is available, so a lot of new AT&T customers will get screwed.

      But hey, 200 messages at $9.99 equals $0.20 anyway, so paying 20 cents a text isn't ridiculous - as long as you don't go over 200 a month.

      Either way, this is incredibly ridiculous. How the hell do you force people to either pay $20 dollars or pay $0.20 for each text? Let's HOPE Verizon doesn't keep following AT&T's footsteps or we'll all be doomed.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      ATT Blows. Simple as that.
    1. Caligula's Avatar
      Caligula -
      This is OT but why the F are there ads playing automatically on this page with full sound without the ability to stop, mute or pause the video? I was in another tab when the ad started playing and I'm wondering where the hell it's coming from, and I finally find it on this thread and I can't stop it or pause it or mute it. Knock that crap off.
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caligula View Post
      This is OT but why the F are there ads playing automatically on this page with full sound without the ability to stop, mute or pause the video? I was in another tab when the ad started playing and I'm wondering where the hell it's coming from, and I finally find it on this thread and I can't stop it or pause it or mute it. Knock that crap off.
      I'm not trying to derail the topic by replying, but I agree. That is complete BS. Perhaps I have music playing while I browse the web, and it's interrupting, or someone in the room is on the phone. Web pages should NEVER start sound without the user initiating it through some action (like clicking a play button). I will be enabling AdBlock Plus for ModMyI until this is resolved.
    1. Johnnytucats's Avatar
      Johnnytucats -
      Google Voice is the answer for me for now. I give my GV number out as my business number, and my friends know to text or call me on that number by now.

      On my JB phone, I use the SMS GV Extension and the Phone GV Extension to make using Google Voice seamless.
    1. SuperVee3's Avatar
      SuperVee3 -
      Soon they'll limit the unlimited text messaging plan like the unlimited data plan. Unlimited really isn't unlimited to AT&T lol.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Extremador View Post

      But hey, 200 messages at $9.99 equals $0.20 anyway, so paying 20 cents a text isn't ridiculous - as long as you don't go over 200 a month.
      uhhh no. 200 texts at $10 is 5 cents each. At 20 cents 200 texts costs FORTY dollars! Absolutely insane!