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ATT Question Regarding Messaging and Internet Use

by ashah113 / January 30, 2009 6:44 AM PST

Hi, thanks in advance for any help.

My family is on a family plan, and we also have messaging unlimited for families and NO data plan. I recently used AOL instant messenger, voice messaging, video messaging, and picture messaging for the first time. However, I was wondering if what I'm doing is costing me any money beyond what we're paying for with the messaging unlimited.

When I send a voice message, video message, or picture message, my phone(Sony Ericsson W810i) shows me as sending a message as well as being connected to the internet. Does this mean I'm paying a little for using the internet? Or is this free because I have unlimited messaging.

Also, ATT's site says "Signing in to IM through the IM or Messaging icon on your phone is free. If you access IM through MEdia Net, you will incur data charges per kb of usage." Under the messaging menu on my phone, there is an AIM button that I can use to log onto AIM. However, again, my phone says it is connected to the internet during this entire time. Am I being charged for being online while I use AIM on my phone? And is every message between me and my buddies the same as a text message? Or is it something else because it is an IM?

Lastly, when I receive a video or picture message, sometimes my phone shows me as connected to the internet when I receive the message. Am I being charged additional for that internet use?

Thanks for any help!

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