Instant messaging counts as text messaging?


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  1. mayhemill

    mayhemill New Member This Topic's Starter

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    So I have the 400 text plan, so I've been using gchat with my friends, but then I heard it counts as using texting anyways. Is that true? If it is, then could I just use the web browser, and use some internet service that does texting such as going to t-mobiles website and sending a text from there?
     

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  2. indubitably

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    all of the services should be under the data plan not your sms one
     
  3. koffi

    koffi Member

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    I would assume since it needs an internet connection to use these programs, that they would be data plan. But a call to t-mobile will be your only absolute answer
     
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    pestilence Well-Known Member

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    krstofer Well-Known Member

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    Yes, AIM counts towards SMS, not Data. It's been that way for a while with tmobile. It sux that they are not clear on that and most people would, rightfully so, assume AIM or other IM would be Data not SMS.
     
  6. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member

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    I recall it being clearly stated in several places that any NON-Google Talk IM goes against your SMS allotment. Doesn't matter if you've got unlimited Text, but if you've got the 400 plan, you should watch it. The reason they cite is that those other IM services utilize the SMS channel, whereas Gtalk doesn't.
    You could always go to a website like meebo and just use their interface.
     
  7. krstofer

    krstofer Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I'm not sure about the G1, I remember not knowing about it before I got this. Of course, when I had my sidekick, I also had the unlimited plan so it didn't matter then anyway.
     
  8. noderat

    noderat Active Member

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    GTalk is data, everything else is a SMS. Feel free to use google talk all you want.
     
  9. mguthrie

    mguthrie Member

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    It isnt just TMo that counts ims as text. ATT does too.
     
  10. killer3160

    killer3160 Well-Known Member

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    would meebo be free? or will t-mobile count as texting :confused:
     
  11. noderat

    noderat Active Member

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    Only the included IM clients are counted as SMS, if you get one that uses data and not SMS well, then, it wont be text messages. Meebo included.
     
  12. killer3160

    killer3160 Well-Known Member

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    so that means meebos free to use without it counting as texting?
     
  13. Android0523

    Android0523 Well-Known Member

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    Meebos would be free, but also google talk is free on your phone, not the rest of the IM
     

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