Text tax: subscribers forced to splurge on spam

9 Jul 2008

Mobile phone customers of Bell Canada and Telus will be forced to pay for incoming SMS text messages – solicited or otherwise – unless they sign up to a text message bundle as part of their calling plan. Next month Bell and Telus will begin charging users CAD0.15 (USD0.15) per message received, as of 8 August (Bell) and 24 August (Telus). Previously all incoming texts were free. The two national CDMA network operators’ chief rival, GSM-based Rogers, does not charge users for receiving SMS and has not announced any plans to do so.