Paying for incoming SMS will likely lead to huge bills and angry customers.
You can’t stop someone from texting you. There aren’t any spam filters for your mobile phone just now, at least to my knowledge, so getting texts is almost completely out of your hands. Today, we got wind that Bell and Telus will start charging customers for INCOMING SMS. Outrageous, no?
Bell Mobility will begin charging customers 15 cents per incoming text message on Aug. 8. Telus Mobility is moving to the same billing practice effective Aug. 24. Until now, their pay-per-use customers who send text messages have been charged a 15-cent fee per message, but it hasn’t cost anything to receive them.
I understand that NA operators are jealous of their European counterparts but charging you for messages you can’t control isn’t reasonable. Rogers has said that it will not be charging for incoming messages and therefore we might see a lot of customers shift operators. Will Bell and Telus start showing the same subscriber loss as Sprint has been seeing these past months? I hope so.
[Via The Ottawa Citizen]