Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Verizon Wireless Set to Raise Text Message Prices to 20 Cents.

Verizon Wireless began spreading the word today that it plans to raise its domestic text messages will be raised in March from 15 cents per message to 20 cents per message, in an effort to push purchases of the company's messaging bundles. The move to raise texting prices is similar to a move Sprint made three months ago. I myself am a Verizon customer, and I have the 250 text for 5 dollars plan on my own and my wife's phone, and was recently considering dropping the text package, as we really don't use what we're paying for already, but it appears Verizon is going to put the squeeze on customers who use very few messages, and may try to save a few bucks by paying per message, as they continue to raise message prices. In 2006, Verizon, along with most other major carriers, raised prices from 10 cents to 15 cents, and now we get yet another raise, making it even more difficult to figure out if bundled text or per message billing will be the better way to go. It will be interesting to see if other carriers, possibly smaller up and coming carriers begin to offer cheaper rates on texting in order to pull some customers from other carriers who are tired of basically being forced into buying packages, spending more, etc.

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