Remember all the hoopla that was stirred up by T-Mobile’s increased SMS text message fees last year? Right, well it looks like the cost of sending a text message outside of a bundled texting plan will increase from $0.15 cents to a more profitable $0.20 cents.
The pricing increase obviously won’t be hitting those with unlimited texting plans very hard, but anyone opting to pay per-message or maxing out their bundled text message quota will be seeing an extra nickel leaving their wallets with each press of the “Send” key.
The 5-cent price increase for sending SMS text messages falls in line with what other carriers are charging for text messages. And, depending on your past text message usage, T-Mobile customers may be allowed to cancel their contracts without being charged an ETF – similar to last year’s contract-canceling hulabaloo. Presumably, anyone with a history of paying for text messages on a per-message basis would be let out of their contract sans-ETF. We’re not sure if canceling your bundled text messaging plans and then firing off a few 15-cent SMS text messages will help your case at this point, but it might not hurt to try.
The new 20-cent-per-message rates go in to effect on August 29, so mark your calendars and hop on a text messaging plan post-haste.
[Via: Engadget Mobile]