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On the surface, it does appear unfair - but in reality, there are costs associated with offering text messaging.
Originally Posted by TheSultan
Texts across the data channel, like IMs & BBMessenger are included. Text messaging, whether SMS or MMS are not carried on the data channel. They are carried on a subset of the voice channel & require separate provisioning & infrastructure. If you can make an argument that SMS/MMS are data, know that even your voice calls are technically data. All digital communications are converted to 1s & 0s.
Personally, I can't see why there is a per text charge except when texts are carried to other networks - there are inter-carrier charges for SMS/MMS traffic. Then again, that might make things confusing, hence the current pricing structure. The 250 min option is there with a fee to cover the interconnects & provisioning. All other plans include unlimited in-network texts, reflecting those communications that don't require interconnects.
Don't forget that if competitive pressures exist to push the price down, the carriers will renegotiate interconnect agreements and then reduce price. Also, what you pay is not solely to cover the cost of the individual message. Infrastructure, development, engineering, provisioning, customer service & maintenance must all be paid for.
Competitive pressure is not currently calling for price reductions and pricing is set based on the above costs coupled with what the market will bear. Pricing on both AT&T & VZW is similar if not identical and there are plenty of people willing to pay the going rates. There is no incentive to reduce prices currently. Where carrier reap bonuses is from those who get too much plan, often thinking they don't need to worry about their texts if they have say an unlimited package. So they pay $20 and send/receive 1000 texts in a month - about 30/day - but they don't pay attention to the fact maybe 2/3 of those texts are to other VZW phones. They could have the 500 message plan and still not use all of their allotment & save $10/month.
Now let's say tomorrow VZW & AT&T both decide to offer free texting on their networks. To do this & offset costs, they increase plans by $10. This would benefit those who pay for larger text plans, but would penalize those who text little or never.
I know there are carriers that offer free texting, but the costs are rolled into their rates. Many of them offer lower overall rates, but do they work reliably (and quickly) where you need them? If they do, why not switch?
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