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What Are SMS and MMS Carrier Fees?

Some wireless carriers apply surcharges to messages sent on their networks. Here’s how we handle these fees.

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SMS and MMS carrier fees are additional costs charged by wireless carriers. These fees vary per message and number type. For example, some carriers only charge fees for messages sent on toll-free numbers. Others charge for both sent and received messages on short codes.

Confusing, we know.

Below we pull back the curtain on some of the surcharges we incur and the carrier fees we pass through to our customers. The tables are broken down by:

  • Number type: There are three. Toll-free and long codes, which are both 10 digits long. And short codes, which are 5 or 6 digits long.
  • Message type: Messages over 302 characters in length, or those with media attached, are MMS. SMS messages only contain text.

What Wireless Carrier Fees Do SimpleTexting Passthrough?

Each time SimpleTexting communicates with carriers to send out a message, they check what type of message it is and what kind of number it’s coming from—then charge us the applicable fees. At SimpleTexting we only pass through carrier fees on:

  • Outgoing SMS and MMS from toll-free phone numbers in the U.S. (starting July 1st, 2021)
  • Outgoing messages from local and toll-free numbers to Canadian cell phones 

Toll Free MMS Fees

CarrierIncoming MessagesOutgoing Messages
Verizon$0$0.005
T-Mobile/Metro PCS$0.01$0.01
Sprint$0.01$0.01
AT&T$0$0.003

Toll Free SMS Fees

Carrier Incoming Messages Outgoing Messages
Verizon $0 $0.0025
T-Mobile/Metro PCS $0.0025 $0.0025
Sprint $0.0025 $0.0025
AT&T $0 $0.0025

Long code SMS fees

CarrierIncoming MessagesOutgoing Messages
US CellularN/A$0.005
VerizonN/A$0.0025
 
 

Short code MMS fees

CarrierIncoming MessagesOutgoing Messages
US CellularN/A$0.01
VerizonN/A$0.005
 
 

Additional short code SMS fees

CarrierIncoming MessagesOutgoing Messages
AT&T (Includes Cricket)N/A$0.0025
Sprint$0.0050$0.0050
T-Mobile (Includes MetroPCS)$0.0025$0.0025
US CellularN/A$0.0035
VerizonN/A$0.0025
 
 

Additional short code MMS fees

CarrierIncoming MessagesOutgoing Messages
AT&T (Includes Cricket)N/A$0.003
Sprint$0.025$0.025
T-Mobile (Includes MetroPCS)$0.01$0.010
US CellularN/A$0.010
VerizonN/A$0.005

Canadian Carrier Fees

In early 2021, Canadian carriers began assessing surcharges on outgoing messages to Canadian phone numbers from local and toll-free numbers. We pass these fees to our customers with no markup.

CarrierCAD (Per Message)
FIDO$0.0075
Bell$0.011
Rogers$0.009
Telus$0.006
Freedom$0.006
Videotron$0.007
SaskTel$0.008

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