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IM or texting?

by dbrad74 / June 22, 2008 9:02 AM PDT

I am a bit confused. If I IM on my phone, are the messages counted as text messages (for billing purposes), or are they included in the data plan?

I am changing my plan on Tuesday. I text 200+ but not 1500. (AT&T customer). If I switch to IM'ing some friends then I could handle the smallest texting plan.

Side note: wish AT&T would offer a $99 for all plan like Sprint...

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$5 to $15
by sms021 / June 23, 2008 12:24 AM PDT
In reply to: IM or texting?

that drives me crazy with ATT.

you have a $5 200 TXT plan and a $15 1500 TXT plan. plus they just rates the rate of out of plan TXT to $.20 for regular and $.30 for pix.

they need an in the middle plan, like $10 for 750 TXT.

Sorry i went off topic, but IM is on the Data plan not the TXT plan in most cases. some phones have an IM TXT feature that makes your TXT look like an IM chat. but that's a rare feature at the moment.

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I have Family unlimited plan with ATT
by PudgyOne / June 23, 2008 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: IM or texting?

and here is what the unlimited plan for you would include...

Now have the freedom of unlimited messaging for one low monthly price. Send and receive unlimited messages - text, picture, video and IM with anyone in the U.S.


IM is NOT in the data plan. Comes with messaging package.


Rick

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I read that too
by dbrad74 / June 23, 2008 1:00 PM PDT

I read that comment on ATT's website. However, when I chatted w/ their tech dept today, the woman told me that it was part of the data plan...

Who really knows...

Other people have told me that if I IM through the software on the phone it counts one way and if I do it through a website it is the other way. Honestly, I have had so many varying answers...Why can't someone just give the same answer! Ugh...

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I used Aim
by PudgyOne / June 23, 2008 5:57 PM PDT
In reply to: I read that too

and never was charged data. It's part of the unlimited plan.

When in doubt, call 611 from your cell, if you have ATT or call 1-800-331-0500 and get the correct answer.


Rick

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