After Sprint Nextel
raised their SMS text messaging fees, Verizon Wireless
is doing it too. Starting March 1
, the price Verizon Wireless charges you for sending text messages from North America, and for receiving text messages from anywhere, will be $0.15 -- a 50% increase from the current price of $0.10 to send or receive messages. That brings Verizon's pricing to the same level as Sprint Nextel and Cingular. Bulk messaging plans cost the same as before.
The only major U.S. carrier left that charges just $0.10 per message is T-Mobile
-- so if you're a heavy user of SMS text messaging, you know which service provider is your best bet. Just keep in mind that SMS prices aren't set in stone, and T-Mobile could raise its prices too.
Of course, if you're a heavy texter -- regardless of which carrier you're using -- you'll want to sign up for a bulk messaging plan, which will give you several hundred messages per month, or even an unlimited number of text messages, for a flat monthly fee.
More info: Verizon Wireless joins SMS price increase club (MobileTracker)