Carriers see high-margin SMS business slow down

By Jos · 11 replies
Jun 10, 2011
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  1. For years wireless carriers in the U.S. have been making a good chunk of revenue from text messaging, charging anything from around 20 cents a text to $20 a month…

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Platform specific messenger apps are a huge step backward. I'll stick to text messaging and/or other IM services.
  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,065   +427

    Technically I am. I have the nationwide talk and text plan from verizon. I still have another year left on my contract, and I think I'm going to renew it as the same one. I'm thinking about upgrading to a droid though once my contract is up.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I've been a user of Trillian for years... I can use it seamlessly on PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, iPhone. And it connects to all the major chat networks, making it even more universal. It's recently become my go-to messaging app, since our office has diverged from an exclusively Blackberry user base. Up until then, it was usually equal parts Trillian and Blackberry Messenger, with the occasional SMS thrown in.
  5. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    i get 1200 text message, valid for 7 days, for 7 ruppees which is almost 0.081 USD ....that boils down to 0.000068 USD per sms.....i consider that to be free :p
  6. Kralnor

    Kralnor TS Enthusiast Posts: 37

    I still own a dumbphone (smartphones are just sill too expensive for my taste) and I pay ~0.03 USD per text message.
  7. The problem I have with SMS is what a rip off it is for the consumers who are "paying" on the per message basis...not sure you can even do that anymore, but, it costs the carriers ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to send or receive a text message.
    Oh the states, there are pretty much just two carriers left, so you don't have a choice.
    AT&T, Verizon...after at&t gobbles up t-mobile, and Verizon will (have to) make a play for Sprint, it will be just those two left. Prices will continue to go up, and choice in phones will continue to for the iphoneX, droid whatever and maybe two or three other phones.
    People in the states have little choice over phones & carriers anymore.
  8. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TS Member Posts: 87

    People actually use Blackberry Messenger?
  9. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I use a cheap Samsung feature phone with a prepaid SIM card so voice calls and SMS are pretty much my only options. I haven't felt to urge to upgrade to a smartphone yet because companies here have pretty stiff data charges and current smartphone models practically need to be recharged daily compared to my dumb phone which only needs to be recharged every 5-6 weeks because of its 2000 Mah battery.
  10. Yeah, I find it funny that the carriers make so much money off of text messages. The data is already being sent whether or not a text is in it or not:

    so it's not like they are loosing money, they just aren't making as big a profit
  11. coolazeem

    coolazeem TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I pay Rs.98(~$2.19) for 15000 sms's per month here in India...
  12. I agree that smart phones are having an influence on the level of texts being send but I honestly thing that <a href="">sms for business</a> will still remain strong. Since I’ve had my Iphone alright fair enough I’ll admit that I’ve downloaded whatsapp but I still continue to use text messages because I don’t think app are reliable. Especially when I want to send something really important, I always make sure that I send it via text instead. So it’s a valid point but I have to say that I disagree on the extent of the outcome.

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