AT&T rumored to be preparing new text messaging plans

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It looks like AT&T is getting ready to give its current and new customers some incentive to stay despite the expected exodus of users wanting the Verizon iPhone. There is a rumor that says Verizon is going to be offering unlimited data plans with the iPhone 4, whereas new AT&T customers are limited to 2GB at most unless they want to pay more for overages. Now, AT&T is sweetening its text messaging bundles as some mild form of enticement.

While it’s doubtful that more texts for the money will keep AT&T customers from leaving – assuming that’s the reasoning behind this, it might not be – it’s better than nothing.

According to a recently leaked document, AT&T is offering a new text messaging package: 1000 text messages for $10. Unlimited messaging is $20, and $30 for families as it has always been. The $5 for 200 messages and $15 for 1500 messages will be phased out.

Come to think of it, simplifying the plan probably has absolutely nothing to do with the Verizon iPhone at all. It just makes the choices for customers a little easier. It’s simpler to remember 10/1000 and 20/unlimited than it is 5/200 and 15/1500 along with everything else. You’re not getting a better deal with the $10 plan because you get the same number of messages per dollar.

So, if you’re already on unlimited messaging – no worries. Otherwise, life just became a little bit easier.

[Via: GearLive]

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

    • Casey

      Did you guys know that AT&T charges you for to send pictures?  I had the 5$ plan for 200 messages (I never send more than probably 100 text a month at most) and checked my usage and it said I used 400 out of 200 text’s!  That is fucking bullshit.  I have UNLIMITED DATA for the web I pay like 40 buck’s a month but they want to charge me for sending data over a text message or reading one.  It’s fucking false advertising.  No where does it say they charge you for data except probably 10 pages deep in their agreement they make you sign.  Time to call Verizon.  

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

  • http://twitter.com/Geek_News Geek_News

    Lame!! I wish AT&T would go back to the good old days where we didn’t get charged for incoming texts and it only cost me about $10/mo for all the messaging I needed. Sadly I’m now going to have to move to the unlimited family plan because it will no longer be cheaper to have unlimited on one account and the low end plan on the second account that hardly ever send/receives texts.

  • Mainak M

    In Canada, plethora of new comers are providing unlimited testing as part of unlimited minutes for $40. U.S. Telcos should make a switch soon!

    • Adam

      The reason why Canadian telecoms offer decent texting plans is because it costs them virtually nothing and they don’t want anyone using any other form of data transfer. Even their broadband services have ridiculously low tiers on data transfers with steep fees after those caps are reached. The U.S. companies should not follow suit with the Canadians.

      I don’t understand how these plans really simplify anything. AT&T knows that there are a lot of people out there who are not going to need anywhere close to 1,000 text messages but present it as a bargain because each text is $0.01 rather than $0.05. The people who actually need those texts were already paying, so this is basically a way to get casual text users paying more. I know that the old plans are grandfathered, but when you consider that in the future a company like AT&T might get another monopoly over a device causing tons of people to switch over, it’s really not good for consumers.

  • Guest

    Hey Marc, you’re an idiot.

    I’m on the $5 200 texts, and that leaves me with about 150 unused texts each month.

    Marc, how do you determine what size bucket to walk around with each day to catch your drool?

    • Anonymous

      The guy getting raped by AT&T for $5 using 50 messages a month is the same guy calling the author an idiot. Bravo.

      Oh, and if you are on that plan, you would have been wise to check the details and know that you’d be grandfathered in so you can keep your $5/200 option. Again, bravo.

      • Jackylmeoff

        Guest is right, you’re a idiot Marc.

        Giving customers fewer plans to choose from is not a good option. Plenty of people, myself included, use the $5-200 plan and will now be forced unto $10 for messages I don’t use.

        • guest

          Jack you are an idiot as well. If you read the whole article you would see that it said that anyone who has one of the plans that is being eliminated that they would be able to keep it until they decide to upgrade.

          • Throwaway

            You are an idiot yourself. Removing a $5 plan for future low use customers is bad for them as well, and good for AT&T.

          • http://www.facebook.com/GujuNilesh Nilesh Tailor

            lol every1s a idiot lol i found the comments funny. but thanks for mentioning that we $5 members can keep it. not sure if i will switch to $10 will have to see my stats on texting, which arent much.

        • Anonymous

          I’d take you more seriously if your spelling and grammar were better.

          If one’s usage varied each month, but was significantly less than 200 messages, then he or she should do pay-per-message.

          Also, if you’re on the $5/200 plan now, it’s going to be grandfathered in. You won’t be bumped up to the $10 plan. Were you too dense to read the article and my response to Guest? I’d say yes.

          • Den_sjgcm

            You flip foo, this is a place to get an ear, learn, hear, and evolve. You fools argue and sound like apes w/ learning capabilities… to be more a$$ like. Get your money and go.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/dgerson DG

    How about rollover text messages!

  • brucealmighty

    Yeah – If at&t wants to squeeze another $60/year out of me for texting, that actually gives me MORE incentive to jump ship and go to Verizon.

  • http://www.modf.com modF

    This doesn’t effect anyone with an iphone who may be leaving for Verizon. I’m thinking that if you have an iPhone, you are sending more than 1100 texts (which would cost $20 with overages, and be equal to the unlimited plan.

  • Marcsucks

    pointless article. changes nothing for anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GujuNilesh Nilesh Tailor

    It changes for me. I had the $5 plan just in case. Remainder text messages were obtained via Google Voice…. Now I have to pay 5 bucks extra…. then again. 1000 text messages isnt bad for the price.. but still..

    • Lilrabbit129

      You’re grandfathered in. You can keep your $5/200 if you want to. If they change it thats’ grounds for canceling without ETF. But IANAL, so don’t quote me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Branden-Silva/572265412 Branden Silva

    Exactly. They are raising the base prise and eliminating it. You might get a better value but they want you to pay more. what are the chances of you using 1,000 messages unless you are a teenage girl? Almost none.

  • Joe Smtih

    That is bull crap. I don’t want to pay $10 for text, when the $5 plan was all I needed.

  • Gonz9946

    is that 1000 text plan one way or 2? What I mean is if you sent out 2 texts and receive 4, will they count as 6 against your balance?
     
    I can still remember back in the old days when they charged you for incoming and outgoing calls, so I wonder if this will be the same deal.

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