AT&T has reliable to Engadget that, as of Aug 21, they’ll be stealing all though a total SMS/Text messaging plans:
“We continually weigh a offers as well as have been creation a little adjustments to a messaging lineup.
Starting Aug 21, we’re streamlining a content messaging skeleton for latest business as well as will suggest an total devise for people for $20 per month as well as an total devise for family groups of up to 5 lines for $30 per month. The immeasurable infancy of a messaging business cite total skeleton as well as with content messaging expansion stronger than ever, that series continues to stand between latest customers. Existing business don’t have to shift any messaging devise they have today, even when becoming different handsets.”
With iOS 5 as well as iMessage expected set for an early Oct launch, AT&T was confronting a universe where Apple supposing an easy, integrated approach to seamlessly sell giveaway present messages inside a same Messages app that hosts costly, carrier-based SMS/text messages. Arguably, a subscriber who’s friends as well as family were additionally often upon iPhones could have downgraded to a reduce devise to save a little money.
Now that can’t happen. It’s total or nothing. And as MG Siegler points out upon Paris Lemon, it’s utterly a coincidence.
SMS is outrageous income for carriers deliberation a interpretation used is subsequent to zero as well as a cost is stratospheric, as well as iMessage was a hazard to that traditional, unreasonable income stream.
Now we’re only left to consternation that alternative carriers will follow suit.