AT&T Messaging 1000 available

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  1. natebookpro macrumors 6502a

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    Didnt see any other posts on MRoogle when I looked. Just letting everyone know that the rumor that was up here last week was true. They now have 1000 text messages available for $10/month. I used to have the 1500 and when I logged in online I saw this one available and selected. Just keep in mind, once you switch over you cant go back.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Cool so it's finally available.
    I just switched mine too. I use around 500-600 texts a month so this will be perfect. The 200 messages option was too little and the 1500 too many.
     
  3. natebookpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea this was the perfect plan for me as well.

    I also noticed another thing that was new (since the last time I changed something on their website). They now give you the opportunity to either backdate the change to the first day of your cycle or put it into effect on the current day. What this means is that if at the end of your cycle you notice that you are going over all you need to do is switch to the unlimited and backdate it so that you wont be charged extra then switch back at the beginning of the next cycle.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Cool.
    I didn't see that option though.
    I did it thru the AT&T app on the iPhone.
    You logged in thru the AT&T site?
     
  5. natebookpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, I did it through their actual website. They ask when you want it to be applied and explain that backdating it can help avoid overages. I thought this was a pretty cool option. One time I went over my texts by quite a bit and called up and they were willing to change it on the previous billing cycle as a courtesy, but I still think its nice they offer this on the website now.
     
  6. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

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    if I had the 1,000 message package and 3/4 thru the month I realize Im gonna go over the 1,000. I thought I could switch to the unlimited and be prorated. So I would be charged $7.50 for the first 3/4 month and $5 for the last 1/4. Is this not the case? If I did this would I be charged for both?
     
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    Yes I pay 30 for the whole family to have unlimited texts we have 3 phones so it wouldn't be cheaper to get the 1000 text plan.
     
  9. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    Weird, it's not giving me the option to switch yet...
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Same here. The 3 phones in my family average about 5,000 texts combined during a month.
     
  11. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816

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    I would not let me select the "backdating" thing, it would only let me select it from today onwards. I was 150 over my text limit for the month also which sucks. It said i had to call customer service to have someone with access to the billing system to change it, Id rather just pay the $10 in overages than sit on hold for 10 minutes and talk to someone from Nigeria who will probably just ******* it up in the end anyway.
     
  12. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    What were the old plans again?

    IIRC it was something like $5 for 200, $15 for 1500, and $20 for unlimited?

    I'm on the $5 plan, 200 text messages. I use TextFree mainly to text and just keep the 200 plan around as "backup" and for the idiots who still text me sometimes on my AT&T number. I use about 5,000 texts a month

    Texts as a whole are major ripoff. They should be free for unlimited!
     
  13. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    I send thousands of texts for free with google voice :p
     
  14. jplusc macrumors 6502a

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    Time to save $10/mo! I pay for unlimited on a family plan ($30) but only have two lines. Before it was the best option as 200 texts was not enough and for the $15/1500 for each line I was better off with unlimited. 1000 for each line @$20 will be perfect!
     
  15. natebookpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure, I took it to mean that if I did 2000 text messages and then switched over on the last day that I would pay $20 for that month. I would say calling and asking would be the only way to be sure.
     
  16. natebookpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, unlimited for $20.

    Hmmm.... I dont know. I signed on and had the 1500 plan before, but there were options for the unlimited for $20 and the 1000 for $10. I selected the 1000 then was given the screen asking when I wanted it to take effect and I selected to backdate it to the beginning of my billing cycle. After I chose it I logged back in to see what plans were available and it was only the Unlimited for $20 and the 1000 for $10.

    Yea, those were the old plans. Now it is whatever you had before you are grandfathered in on, but once you pick something else you can only get the $10 or $20 plan.
     
  17. wordoflife, Jan 23, 2011
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    I think AT&T should still have more flexibility with the texting plans. Its just a perfect way for them to suck up some more money.
     
  18. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a

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    To me a lingering question is why is one called Messaging and the other iPhone Messaging. It was even more confusing when the four options were Messaging 500, iPhone Messaging 500, iPhone Messaging 1500 and the Unlimited.

    Why were there TWO 500 messages options? Were there actual differences between iPhone Messaging 500 and Messaging 500? If so, are the differences the same for Messaging 1000 and iPhone Messaging 1500 (OTHER than the difference of 500 messages)?

    Mike
     
  19. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Does changing your messaging plan extend your contract?
     
  20. natebookpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    There is no difference. I remember when I had the original iPhone that they did this. The only difference I can remember is something about setting up mms before it was officially supported. I remember that if you could get switched to the regular messaging instead of iPhone that you could somehow set up mms. As far as features and price though they are the exact same.

    Nope
     
  21. wingsabr macrumors 6502

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    Switched on the ATT iPhone app today for both lines. This is a good deal since 200 @ 5 was too little and 1500 @ 15 was too much.
     
  22. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Once again, AT$T is all about the money. They aren't simplifying things. They are trying to generate more money.

    They probably noticed a lot of people just opting for the 200 text/$5 plans and wanted to try to generate more revenue from newer customers who really don't need more than 200 text per month.

    Case in point. Both my sister and brother in laws have famiy plans. They don't text much. Maybe 25-50 text per line each month. Really ATT and other carriers already force their hands by jacking up the per text rates that they were forced to go on a basic text plan of $5.

    So they have 2 lines each. They just put the basic $5/200 text per line. Total cost for them for 2 lines is $10.

    Now a new customer (who fits the same profile as my sister and brother in law) will be forced to get $10/1000 text per line. This means $20 in texting plans for 2 lines for new customers when these customers won't really need any thing more than 200 text.

    This way, ATT just double their revenue in texting by forcing people to buy more texts than they really need.

    If ATT were consumer friendly, they would offer 500 text/$5 and than 1000 text/$10.

    But it's a business and they want to make money.

    "Simplifying texting plans" is a bogus marketing strategy by ATT. More like jacking up texting rates.
     
  23. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't mind at&t adding a 1000 message option, but taking away the 200 option is annoying, just another reason to goto Verizon. I had finally convinced enough people to start using texting apps like google voice such most texts come through data and less than 200 regular texts per month come through sms.
     
  24. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    I should switch too, b/c I use around 800msg/mo and I'll be saving $5/mo :)
     
  25. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Yes, you may save. But ATT has done all these cost studies/user habits.

    For everyone who is on the 1500 plan to move down to 1000 text plan who "saves $5"

    There are probably 2 or 3X more people who would have signed up for the cheap 200 tex/$5 option but now are forced to the more expensive 1000 text/10 plan they don't need.
     

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