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Mango
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Do cell carriers charge for long distance texts?

I've heard stories about cell carriers charging ridiculous fees for long distance texting, but was only able to find references for American carriers. Do Canadian carriers charge the same for local and Canada/US texts? If not, which carriers charge more?

Thanks,
Mango


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There is no "long distance" text messages. It is based on destination country. If you send a text to the US or somewhere overseas it'll cost more than a Canadian text, regardless of where in whatever country you're sending it.

Oh how I long for the days when texting was texting and it didn't matter where it went.


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said by Gone:

Oh how I long for the days when texting was texting and it didn't matter where it went.

And the days when carriers had "roaming numbers" where you would call a local number, get a dial tone, and then dial the wireless number from another city but was visiting in town and neither of you got a long distance charge for the call.
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reply to Mango
I don't know of any Canadian carriers that charge differently between local and Canada-wide texts.

I believe both Rogers and Bell treat the basic unlimited texting as Canada-Only, but might include the US or overseas on specific plans. Telus includes the US in all their texting plans. Wind includes US in all plans, and worldwide at the top end. Mobilicity includes US at the bottom end, worldwide on the rest. Not sure about the rest.

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reply to Mango
I don't there's a one rule fits all. It depends whats included with your plan.

My plan with virgin mobile includes unlimited international texting (not that I ever use it) but I've seen other plans that don't.

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said by Kardinal:

And the days when carriers had "roaming numbers" where you would call a local number, get a dial tone, and then dial the wireless number from another city but was visiting in town and neither of you got a long distance charge for the call.

And the days of Captain Crunch when you could make calls from any payphone.


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said by peterboro:

And the days of Captain Crunch when you could make calls from any payphone.

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said by peterboro:

said by Kardinal:

And the days when carriers had "roaming numbers" where you would call a local number, get a dial tone, and then dial the wireless number from another city but was visiting in town and neither of you got a long distance charge for the call.

And the days of Captain Crunch when you could make calls from any payphone.

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said by Kardinal:

And the days when carriers had "roaming numbers" where you would call a local number, get a dial tone, and then dial the wireless number from another city but was visiting in town and neither of you got a long distance charge for the call.

One of the carriers had them up until recently, I just can't remember if it was Rogers or Bell.


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Many carriers in Canada don't care where you text to on most plans.

Example: All of Fido's postpaid plans (which start at $25/mth) include unlimited international text, but their prepaid plans (which also start at $25/mth) only include unlimited Canadian text.
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said by AVD:

said by peterboro:

said by Kardinal:

And the days when carriers had "roaming numbers" where you would call a local number, get a dial tone, and then dial the wireless number from another city but was visiting in town and neither of you got a long distance charge for the call.

And the days of Captain Crunch when you could make calls from any payphone.

phreak out 2600

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said by Guspaz:

Many carriers in Canada don't care where you text to on most plans.

Yes, they do. The discount carriers are the exception to the rule. On Bell and Rogers - two of the three largest - you need to pay more for texting outside Canada.

In these days of smartphones with email, facebook chat, whatsapp and whatever else, it's a wonder anyone sends texts anymore anyway.


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reply to Mango
I believe you need to look at
a. texts to out of country (sending)
b. texts from out of country (receiving)

It appears that for regular plans -a- costs extra but in all plans -b- does not??


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In Canada I haven't seen them charge extra for B, but I know American carriers will charge you more just to receive them.

graniterock
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reply to Mango
My Christmas miracle wind plan comes with world wide SMS. Not that I actually text internationally.

peterboro
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reply to Gone
said by Gone:

it's a wonder anyone sends texts anymore anyway.

I hope to get up to speed on texting this year and try it.

As to plans, yes most I have shopped charge more for outside Canada or the US not that I care.


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said by Gone:

Yes, they do. The discount carriers are the exception to the rule. On Bell and Rogers - two of the three largest - you need to pay more for texting outside Canada.

Well, then, people should switch to the discount brands Considering the prices they charge (for Fido) are similar to Rogers, they're not really "discount" carriers anymore. The highest all-in-one plan that Fido has is $80/mth, the cheapest is $25/mth, hardly discount.
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$25/month compared to a base Rogers plans is discount.

And no, I will not switch to Fido anytime soon. I will stay with the main Rogers brand where they will bend over backwards for me whenever I ask them for something and probably charge me less for more than Fido would anyway.

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reply to Mango
Here's a breakdown of how canadian carriers rate SMS.

Rogers:
-SMS to US: Charges apply if no add-on is present
-SMS to numbers outside Canada and the US: Charges apply if no add-on is present
*Exceptions apply for certain retention plans

Bell:
-SMS to US: Rated as domestic SMS
-SMS to numbers outside of Canada and the US: Charges apply if no add-on is present

Telus:
-SMS to US: Currently same policy as Bell, but will match Rogers policy as of May 1st
-SMS to numbers outside of Canada and the US: Charges apply if no add-on is present

Fido:
-Varies depending on plan

Virgin:
-Same as Bell

Koodo:
-Varies depending on plan

Wind:
-Varies depending on plan

Mobilicity
-Varies depending on plan

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reply to Mango
said by Mango:

I've heard stories about cell carriers charging ridiculous fees for long distance texting, but was only able to find references for American carriers. Do Canadian carriers charge the same for local and Canada/US texts? If not, which carriers charge more?

My Wind plan (2010 HMP) has unlimited worldwide texting from Canada (on-network) included in the $40/month cost. MMS from Canada (on-network) is also included for Canada/US.