AT&T announces unlimited messaging plans for first time

Apple StoreAT&T Inc. this week announced expanded messaging plans to include unlimited messaging packages for the first time. AT&T’s 62.2 million wireless customers can now choose from new options to supercharge their messaging lifestyle.

A new plan from AT&T called Messaging Unlimited will give customers the ability to send unlimited messages of any type, including text, picture, video and instant messages (IM), to any wireless phone in the U.S. for $19.99 a month.

Additionally, AT&T customers who send most of their messages to other AT&T subscribers can add unlimited mobile-to-mobile messaging to a messaging plan for just $5 more a month. For as low as $9.99, customers can get unlimited mobile-to-mobile messaging in addition to the 200 text, picture, video and IM messages included in AT&T’s Messaging Starter package.

“Our customers are sending messages more than ever before, and we are committed to creating plans that accommodate all of their needs,” said Cristy Swink, executive director of Messaging, AT&T wireless unit, in the press release.

AT&T and Apple iPhone: http://www.cingular.com/cell-phone-service/specials/iPhone.jsp

[Attribution: Electronista. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]

26 Comments

  1. Unlimited messaging is all well and good, but what about internet access as well?

    To be honest, I send a lot of text messages, but not $20 worth a month, so this plan isn’t going to make one bit of difference to me.

  2. Is this a deal? Geez, that’s $240 a year just to be able to type ‘lol’ a billion times. $300 if you want to type ‘lol’ a billion more to someone else who’s shelling out a butt-load of cash on your network. This, all on top of your regular phone plan, right?

    I’m going back to smoke signals. Or shouting. I have to weigh my options…

  3. I’ve had my own cell phone for over a year now – the family yanked my land line while I napped – and have yet to spend $2.50 on text messages. My wife has had her cell for longer and doesn’t even know how to read text messages. Someone out there has been using our share of text messages! Some pimply, insecure teenage Paris Hilton wanna-be, I bet. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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  4. Do you know how hard it is to text message while you are going down the highway at 78 MPH with a beer in one hand and a smoke in the other while trying to pick up a CD off the floorboard?

    That’s why I talk instead of text…….it’s safer.

  5. Georgy Porgy: “Kill the competition and send messages for free across the board the same time as the iPhone release. Lose some money now and make a ton longterm!”

    Taken strait out of the Microsoft market domination manual…

  6. $19.99 per month to send ultimated messages to any wireless phone in the U.S.

    For an additional $5 per month on <i>any<i> messaging plan, you get unlimited mobile-to-mobile messaging.

    Is anyone else confused?

    This is one of the problems with cellular providers (and there any many). Can’t AT&T just give a straight-forward plan like:

    – $20 per month to send messages to any mobile phone in the U.S.
    – Messages sent to AT&T subscribers are free.

    I hate this shell game they try to get customers to play by choosing a lower “plan” than they need only to surprise valued customers with massive overage charges!

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