What are carrier surcharges and how are they applied?

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As the messaging ecosystem evolves, we'll keep this list up to date with new surcharges. If you have any questions, please review our messaging carrier surcharges FAQ.

For 10DLC, as of March 1, 2021, AT&T is passing through a single rate surcharge while customers register traffic as part of their 10DLC program. That rate is reflected below – please see our 10DLC Overview and FAQ for more information on the surcharges after this grace period. 

For 10DLC, as of June 1, 2021, T-Mobile is passing through per-message surcharges reflected below. Please see our 10DLC Overview and FAQ for more information about T-Mobile's 10DLC program.

For toll free, as of July 1, 2021, AT&T and T-Mobile started charging surcharges, August 1, 2021 TextNow surcharges began and US Cellular surcharges start November 1, 2021.

Local A2P/ 10DLC

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0025 2/1/20
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.005 2/1/20
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.005 3/1/19
US Cellular MMS $0.00 $0.01 3/1/21
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.002 3/1/21
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0035 3/1/21
T-Mobile SMS $0.003 $0.003 6/1/21
T-Mobile MMS $0.010 $0.010 6/1/21
TextNow SMS $0.00 $0.002 8/1/21
TextNow MMS $0.00 $0.002 8/1/21

Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0025 9/1/20
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.005 7/1/21
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0025 7/1/21
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.003 7/1/21
T-Mobile SMS $0.0025 $0.0025 7/1/21
T-Mobile MMS $0.01 $0.01 7/1/21
Sprint SMS $.0025 $0.0025 7/1/21
Sprint MMS $0.01 $0.01 7/1/21
TextNow SMS $0.00 $0.0015 8/1/21
TextNow MMS $0.00 $0.002 8/1/21
US Cellular SMS $0.0025 $0.0025 11/1/21
US Cellular MMS $0.005 $0.005 11/1/21

Short Code

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.00350
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.00250
T-Mobile SMS $0.00250 $0.00250
Sprint SMS $0.00500 $0.00500

Canada: Local

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00876 7/1/21
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.03267 7/1/21
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.00717 7/1/21
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01195 7/1/21
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
SMS $0.00 $0.00478 7/1/21
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00717 7/1/21
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01195 7/1/21
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $0.00637 7/1/21
Sasktel MMS $0.00 $0.00637 7/1/21
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00478 7/1/21
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00558 7/1/21

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00854 7/1/21
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.0333 7/1/21
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.0073 7/1/21
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.0122 7/1/21
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
SMS $0.00 $0.00484 7/1/21
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
MMS $0.00 $0.0098 7/1/21 
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00726 7/1/21
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.0122 7/1/21
SaskTel SMS $0.00 $0.00645 7/1/21
SaskTel MMS $0.00 $0.0065 7/1/21 
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00484 7/1/21
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.0081 7/1/21
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00565 7/1/21
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.0057 7/1/21

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