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AT&T Texting $$ ripoff - now $20/month minimum

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by TBlazer07, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Provider agnostic as long as its Verizon or AT&T, in the us at least. Though that reminds me, didn't they say that they were opening up FaceTime to other makers? Haven't seen anything.
  2. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Hall Of Fame

    Mar 18, 2007
    Amen to that. The maximum text size is 140 bytes. Even if you send/receive 2000 texts per month, you are paying $20 for at most 0.25 MB of data.

  3. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I guess I'm a little old fashioned... I miss the days when I was not home and I missed calls because I wasn't home. Today people seem to think they need to be 24/7 in contact with people, even people they will never meet.

    I'd rather make a quick 1 minute phone call to talk to someone than send a short text and be impersonal.

    What's funny is I was considered anti-social as a kid... since I didn't like parties... but now it seems like nobody wants to talk to people anymore... they want to send short messages instead.

    So now I have become more social by default since I actually like contact with actual people and conversations.

    It's weird.
  4. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    I'm in my 60s and I do text for those messages that are easier than calling.

    But the real money is from the kids that send hundreds of messages a day! A daughter of a friend of ours texts her boyfriend when they're sitting in the back seat of the car with their parents . . . wonder why!!??

    (I also agree with Lance Armstrong - no one over 35 should use emoticons!)
  5. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    funny, have 2 teenage daughters on my text plan along with mysefl, wife and mother in law - of all the people with the highest amount of texts it is my mother in law, there are months when see topped 2300 messages
  6. txtommy

    txtommy Icon

    Dec 30, 2006
    I have the same 1400 minute family plan with unlimited texts. You can have both the unlimited mobile to mobile and the A-list for calling to 10 non-mobile phones. With 5 phones we used less than 100 plan minutes last month as all our other calls were mobile to mobile, A-list or night and weekend. Really takes the worry out of having teenagers with phones.
  7. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    They should have one "low use" texting plan (like the 200mb data plan) for those who rarely use it. The $5 plan for (I think it was) 200 mgs was just about right. That plus the unlimited at least gives everyone a chance. Now it's either $20 unlimited or 20cents sent and 20 cents received. AFAIAC that is actually 80c per text message if both parties are on AT&T and both get charged 20c for send and receive.
  8. wingrider01

    wingrider01 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 9, 2005
    have a discontinuned plan - 700 minutes with Unity, bascily unity gives us the ability to call any ATT owned phone number - land line, cellular, voip and not get get charged minutes, add unlimited any mobile with the text pan and we end up using about 20 minutes a month on 5 phones, can understand why they dropped the plan:)
  9. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Instead of A-List, I get unlimited mobile to mobile to ALL mobile phones, regardless of carrier. The way he explained it, I had unlimited mobile to mobile to AT&T phones, now I have it to any mobile phone.

    Never really used A-List. Got it, set up a couple of numbers but never really took full advantage as well were always way under on minutes anyway.
  10. 4HiMarks

    4HiMarks Hall Of Fame

    Jan 21, 2004
    Laurel, MD
    400 minutes for $39.99? Where? We have 550 minutes, and that was the lowest available. Between three of us, we use less than 100 minutes per month, and have more rollover minutes expire than we ever use.
  11. TBlazer07

    TBlazer07 Grumpy Grampy

    Feb 5, 2009
    Sorry, actually it's 450 minutes for $39.99. That's a standard AT&T individual plan. That's because you are on a family plan.

    You are better off with pay-per-minute for the rest of the family (assuming you are using a smartphone and want to stick on AT&T). I was paying for a family plan and it was ridiculous. It was $59.99/month + my Data came to over $1200/year. Between us, we barely used 60 minutes plus I had to pay for the 550 minute plan.

    I put my wife on a Pay Per Use plan on T-Mobile (AT&T has it as well but the T-Mo plan is better because you can roll your minutes over to the next year). I paid $85 for a 1000 minute card which is good for 1 year. After the year is up if you add a $10 card it extends the time by 1 year and keeps what is left of the 1000 minutes which AT&T doesn't do.

    So far it is almost 2 years, she still has 700 minutes left and it has cost me a total of $95 (and no taxes) for 2years service. Plus she can text for "1 minute" each and there is no contract. She gets my hand-me-down phones and is perfectly happy. I have over 5000 roll-over minutes left on my account.

    My account with unlimited data is $55/month after taxes (I get 25% discount). Saves me close to $1000/year. I am also considering a switch to PPM on my android phone to save another $400/year. Wi-Fi works fine (don't really need a data plan) and if I want data I can buy it for $1.50/day unlimited.
  12. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I don't use it much to communicate with family/friends/co-workers, but I use it to receive various updates. All the major networks will send "breaking news" text messages, I get sports updates via text, Amber Alerts, our local sheriff's department texts whenever there is a traffic accident that blocks any roads, weather updates, hurricane updates (Irene is heading our way) and following Steve Martin on Twitter always makes me smile. No charge for any of these services (other than the $30 unlimited Family texting plan).

    Regarding the pricing and how expensive texting is: From Ars Technica article on this subject:
  13. knot

    knot Mentor

    Feb 4, 2010
    Couldn't agree more.
  14. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    Today's generation is all about NOT talking live. Emails, texting, etc.--no one wants to use a phone for what it was originally designed--TALKING!

    I hate it.
  15. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    The first "text" I ever got was from my neighbor. I was going to be picking her up at the airport and she was going to call me with her flight information. Instead of a call, she sent me a text with all the info I needed. I didn't have to write it down or try and remember it. So I sent her back my first ever text telling her I got the info. I thought at the time it was a handy feature.

    Of course, I didn't realize that soon teenagers would be using it to hold entire conversations:

  16. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    Aug 20, 2006
    Group Texting is extremely convenient as a mobile mass communication tool.

    All the parents on my son's baseball team welcomed getting a text as an option for updates as to the field conditions/changes, cancellations etc. They all get the message no matter where they are and simultaneously. It saves a lot of unnecessary time and gets the word out before these folks leave their home without reason.

    A lot of guys I play handball against like to use it too. "going to the park @3". These guys don't want to make a dozen calls to coordinate. It's just easier.

    For personal use, it happens to be fun.

    FWIW I'm just went up to the $10 Verizon plan which is 500 message but unlimited mobile to mobile ones. It feels like unlimited to me. I had been on the $5 plan for 250 messages for a long time.
  17. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    My daughter's softball coach did the same thing. Was really handy with this sping's weather not having to go to the field only to find out the game had been cancelled.

    Aren't all texts mobile to mobile?
  18. mikeny

    mikeny Hall Of Fame

    Aug 20, 2006
    True.:lol: Actually you can send a text to an email address also. I'm not sure if you're joking but that's what Verizon calls it. In any case in this context it refers to Verizon to Verizon (within network) texts.
  19. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    I knew you email to a phone via text, didn't know you could do phone to email texts.

    Given Verizon's size, probably 40% of all texts are to a Verizon phone.
  20. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I think this is hogwash. It's things like this that create the need for restrictive legislation. The carriers should charge one rate per megabyte, whether that megabyte carries voice, data, text, whatever.

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