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Rogers to charge for inbound, non-plan SMS

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Tue May 5, 2009

Rogers Charging for SMS

Canadian carrier Rogers is likely to follow Bell and Telus in beginning to charge for incoming text messages outside of its normal plans. A tip sent to BGR says Rogers will start notifying customers today that, as of July 7th, it will charge 15 cents per incoming message for customers that aren't already signed up to a bundle that includes SMS. The changes don't affect Fido customers or incoming messages from Twitter, which were restored to the service today and are free until the end of the year.

Hiking the change may create controversy for Rogers as it echoes its rivals' pricing and would give no major alternative to avoiding such fees, effectively pushing up the minimum price for cellular service. Critics in Canada, the US and elsewhere have noted that the cost for carriers of transmitting a given SMS message is often less than 1 cent.

Rogers hasn't commented on the rumor or, if true, its reasons for the change.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That is it!

    I'm turning off my text messaging. If you need me, call me. :P

    Better yet, email me and I'll check my email on my computer when I get home.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I doubt it

    I doubt it, I work for em and I haven't heard anything about this. Might be mixed up with the fact that the roaming txt rate is changing, haven't heard anything about this though.

  1. keithmcarthur

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm with the communications group at Rogers and can confirm that we will be charging for incoming texts effective July 7.
    However, this fee will only apply to customers not on a text messaging plan. Since 94% of texts are sent and received within a plan, this will affect a very small percentage of texts.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: F*ck You Rogers

    Right, you can't find a reason ... it's called corporate greed and evil.

    94% ... yeah whatever. I'm sure that's a bogus figure. Even true, doesn't make it right. You're already charging a hefty amount for outbound text.

    Seriously, these guys need some serious government scrutiny. And while we're at it, let's get a "super-government" to scrutinize the lobbying and backdoor bribes to our "regular" government.


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