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AT&T is prepping to roll out new text messaging plans?

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AT&T is prepping to roll out new text messaging plans?
Who knows if it has anything to do with the impending launch of Verizon's version of the iPhone 4, but it seems like AT&T is prepping to roll out new text messaging plans.

According to a leaked document from Best Buy, AT&T is ready to start offering new text messaging plans and phasing out its old ones. Instead of being offered the minimum 200 text messages for $5/month, it's being replaced with a 1,000 option for only $10 – which of course is more value when you do the math. Conversely, the carrier is also removing its 1,500 text messaging plan for $15/month and will instead offer an unlimited option for a mere $5 more at $20/month ($30 for family plans).

Naturally, the increased amounts should be welcomed for those who are heavy users, but it's rather difficult right now to say whether or not that will be an attractive addition to keep customers from jumping ship. If you prefer sticking with the old options, you may want to add it to your plan right now so you'll be grandfathered in with it – but come next week, you'll only see the new options.

source: Gear Live

Leaked Best Buy document showing that AT&T will be offering new text messaging plans next week.

Leaked Best Buy document showing that AT&T will be offering new text messaging plans next week.

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posted on 19 Jan 2011, 15:41

1. ATT Call Center (unregistered)

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posted on 19 Jan 2011, 16:20 1

2. MOTOX (unregistered)

WTF ATT? im on verizon and i get unlimited text with my plan for 10 dollars added on...what rip offs...

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 19:16

5. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

I have Verizon and I never seen a plan that lets you add unlimited texting for 10 dollars.

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 16:30 2

3. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

$10 for each text message upon going over the amount... I lol'd big time.

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 20:50

7. Libertasian (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Is that $10 or 10 cents per message?

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 19:15

4. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Motox no you don't. Might want to check because VZW doesn't offer that.

posted on 19 Jan 2011, 19:31

6. thomas1215 (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

the $10.00 plan is unlimited to verizon customers and 500 to non verizon customers. still way better then ATT's plan

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 07:14

8. lolzz (unregistered)

verizons cheapest family plan with unlimited text thrown in is a better deal..but not by much and still way over priced...it costs carriers 1/3000th of a cent to send a text..its one of the most profitable things in history...and yet we all pay out the arse for it..

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 08:13

9. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

God AT&T your just plain horrible. Completely useless. I am already paying you premium for smartphone and now you just wanna keep uping the price on me. Listen, and Listen well, IF YOU WANT MORE MONEY THEN START TREATING YOUR CUSTOMERS BETTER! RELEASE ANDROID UPDATES WHEN THE MANUFACTURER HAS RELEASED THEM!

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 09:51

10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

They already offer an unlimited text plan for $20. Nothing new there. The only changes are the removal of the two below that and addition of the 1000 texts one.

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 10:09

11. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

i have verizon att and verizon are the same plans but att is much better you d... witch is much better

posted on 20 Jan 2011, 10:24

12. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

Gosh, AT&T makes improvements on plans and people still come on here and hate. Verizon won't make the monster under your bed go away anymore than AT&T will. Grow up people. AT&T works great for me and many others. They still rake in customers so they can't be that bad.

posted on 21 Jan 2011, 14:05

13. what if (unregistered)

What if you only want to use 50 messages a month.

With the new plan you'll pay $100 where the old one was five.

Everyone I know on att has the 200 plan because it's the cheapest pland and they don't text much anyways.

This is a rip off for those people.

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