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    http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...1005/1002/FREE

    Sprint Nextel Corp. is upping its casual text messaging rate by five cents as of Oct. 1, from 15 cents per message to 20 cents per message. And the carrier said the change—which is permissible under its terms of service—will not allow customers to slip out of their contracts without paying an early termination fee.

    The news is notable since Sprint Nextel increased its casual text messaging fee from 10 cents to 15 cents just 10 months ago. At the time, the carrier said the move would allow affected customers to get out of their service contracts without paying an ETF, as the changes affected service costs.

    This time, however, it appears Sprint Nextel’s current terms of service do allow for changes to text messaging fees.

    According to Sprint Nextel’s current contract terms, only a “material” change in rates would allow customers to abandon contracts without paying an ETF, and the carrier said the most recent change does not make the grade.

    “This casual text messaging rate change does not qualify any of our customers for any kind of early termination fee waiver,” said Sprint Nextel spokeswoman Roni Singleton.

    According to the carrier, casual text messaging fees starting next month will be 20 cents per message sent or received. Overage SMS charges for customers who have a texting package will also increase, from 10 cents to 20 cents per message.

    Sprint Nextel was the first carrier last year to raise its casual text messaging fees from the longtime industry standard of 10 cents per message to 15 cents per message. Shortly after the move, the rest of the nation’s major carriers also raised their casual text messaging fees from 10 cents to 15 cents.

    Sprint Nextel’s Singleton said that the company began notifying customers of the increase to 20 cents per message in their bills for this month.



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    Thank sprint for SERO.

    I'm still amazed that they felt the need to raise txt msg to .20 per txt. What freaking resources are being used??? or am I missing something (resource wise... not greed wise)?
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    Funny thing is that TMO did the same thing back in June this year, but customers who took issue with the increase were allowed to end their contract without penalty or argument.
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    There are people who are text message crazy. I know individuals who text message 3000 texts a month and they claim thats moderate. I text message either 0 times to a dozen times a month when I am on a role...the rate change does bother me since I don't seek any limited text plan and don't text often. The kiddies are the worst, having special codes and stuff. Carriers see the text trend and in small increments will capitalize on it.
    at&t iPhone3G
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    Do you get charged for receiving? I get the junk text from a few times a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyatbt View Post
    Do you get charged for receiving? I get the junk text from a few times a month.
    Yes you get charged for sending and receiving. $.20 for sending and $.20 for receiving...stinks as far as I am concerned. You get charged to send a text and get charged for an expected reply i.e. your basically forced into the second charge.
    at&t iPhone3G
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    My wife is one of those that texts 3000 times a month. At least we have unlimited txt plan. I understand if they change the price and those that do not have a plan cannot terminate early. However, if you have a plan that states that it will cost xxx for overage charges and they change that, to me that is a change in your contract.

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