07-21-2009 08:22:09 AM
I just got a Propel with a 200/month text plan where as far as I can tell, I can send 200 texts a month and receive unlimited texts. All my friends tell me I need to connect Twitter to my phone and I won't be charged, because I guess I only get charged on my phone for sending messages and not receiving them. I heard other people online talk about how expensive it is to receive messages from Twitter, though, so I'm confused.
I'm NOT part of the tech revolution, so a lot of this stuff is over my head.
Can anyone explain to me why I would or would not be charged for receiving messages?
07-21-2009 08:29:10 AM - edited 07-21-2009 08:31:31 AM
If you're signing up for twitter, 200 msgs a month will not be enough, especially if you plan on following a lot of folks on twitter...and if they are particularly active tweeters.
I would suggest paying for the $15 / 1500 plan if you're going to sign up to send/receive tweets.
Each message sent and each message received will be deducted from the 1500 messages.
No "free" texts whatsoever. All messages sent and received will come out of your data plan.
It's really better to be safe than to be sorry when you first sign up for a new service. So pay the extra $10 for the 1500 msg plan so that you don' inadvertently go over 200 msgs.
Stay on the 1500 msgs plan for two months.
If after two months, you average less than 200 msgs per month, THEN reduce your msg plan to 200.
One month is not a good gauge of how much you will be messaging.
07-21-2009 09:18:24 AM
I don't understand. The terms of messaging 200 don't say anything about being charged for incoming texts. Shouldn't incoming texts be free?
Note that what you posted says "messages per month" and "additional messages", not specifically "sent messages" or "received messages."
Take a look at the Messaging FAQ:
Q. What messages am I billed for?
A. AT&T bills for all messages whether sent or received, read or unread, solicited or unsolicited. Also, any message sent or received that is longer than 160 characters will be delivered as multiple segments of up to 160 characters each. Each segment is billed as a separate message
07-22-2009 06:37:32 AM
09-17-2009 12:09:18 AM
do you get charge if you have unlimited texting?
No. With unlimited messaging all your sent/received domestic messages (SMS, MMS, IM) are covered. For IM you have to use the built-in IM program that came with your ATT branded phone. If you have a third party IM program or are using a non-ATT branded phone then the IM would be counted as data and not messaging.
09-25-2009 10:01:28 PM
Planet-Ed, what do you mean by IM third party? Because I have unlimited texting and IM programs (AIM, Windows Live and YM) but I don't know if I will get charge if I use them.
So Twitter is free if you have unlimited texting?!?
09-25-2009 11:29:31 PM
A third party application is a program that you install onto the phone yourself. Meaning you put that program there.
Pre-installed is one that was already installed on the device when your purchased it from AT&T.
If your using texting for Twitter then yes its free if you have an unlimited messaging plan. If your using Twitter from the web browser on your mobile phone them no its not free as that uses data. The same thing if you installed a twitter program (third party program) onto your phone as those utilize data also.
I'm not sure why your referencing IM. Are you trying to use that for twitter somehow?
09-26-2009 01:10:21 PM
Thank you for the answer regarding the twitter and the third party application.
The IM question is not about using twitter, it's just another question that I have because I wasnt sure if that's part of the unlimited texting.
Thank you once again