What are carrier surcharges and how are they applied?

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Emily Champion

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This article describes current and upcoming carrier surcharges. As the messaging ecosystem evolves, we'll keep this list up to date with new surcharges.

Local A2P / 10DLC

Please reference this article for additional 10DLC costs.

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
AT&T - Registered SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T - Registered MMS $0.00 $0.0050 10/1/2023
 AT&T - Unregistered SMS $0.00 $0.0100 6/1/2023
 AT&T - Unregistered MMS $0.00 $0.0150 6/1/2023
T-Mobile - Registered SMS $0.003 $0.0030 6/1/2021
T-Mobile - Registered MMS $0.010 $0.0100 6/1/2021
T-Mobile - Unregistered SMS $0.008 $0.0080 12/1/2023
*New* T-Mobile - Unregistered SMS $0.009 $0.009 6/1/2024
 T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.017 $0.0170 12/1/2023
*New*  T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.018 $0.018 6/1/2024
TextNow SMS $0.00 $0.0020 8/1/2021
TextNow MMS $0.00 $0.0020 8/1/2021
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.0050 3/1/2019
US Cellular MMS $0.00 $0.0100 3/1/2021
Verizon - Registered SMS $0.00 $0.0030 9/1/2022
Verizon - Unregistered SMS $0.00 $0.0100 7/1/2023
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.0050 2/1/2020

Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
 AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0050 11/1/2023
Cellular South SMS $0.00 $0.0025 10/1/2022
Cellular South MMS $0.00 $0.0100 10/1/2022
Claro - PR SMS $0.00 $0.0045 8/1/2022
T-Mobile SMS $0.003 $0.0030 3/1/2022
T-Mobile MMS $0.01 $0.0100 7/1/2021
TextNow SMS $0.00 $0.0015 8/1/2021
TextNow MMS $0.00 $0.0020 8/1/2021
US Cellular SMS $0.0025 $0.0025 11/1/2021
US Cellular MMS $0.005 $0.0050 11/1/2021
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0030 9/1/2022
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.005 7/1/2021

Short Code

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
 AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0050 10/1/2023
T-Mobile SMS $0.00250 $0.0025 9/24/2021
T-Mobile MMS $0.0100 $0.0100 9/24/2021
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.0035 9/24/2021
US Cellular MMS $0.00 $0.0100 9/24/2021
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0030 9/24/2021
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.0050 9/24/2021

Canada: Local

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.0081060 9/1/2023
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.0302116 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.0072912 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.0073690 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.0147370 9/1/2023
Freedom Mobile (Globalive Wireless/WIND)  SMS $0.00 $0.0066 1/1/2024
Freedom Mobile (Globalive Wireless/WIND)  MMS $0.00 $0.0088 1/1/2024
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.0073690 9/1/2023
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.0147370 9/1/2023
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
Saskatel MMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.0095790 9/1/2023
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.0066 1/1/2024
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.0088 1/1/2024

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.008165 9/1/2023
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.030433 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.007041 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.007360 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.007422 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.014846 9/1/2023
Freedom Mobile (Globalive Wireless/WIND) SMS $0.00 $0.004461 9/1/2023
Freedom Mobile (Globalive Wireless/WIND) MMS $0.00 $0.008907 9/1/2023
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.007423 9/1/2023
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.014846 9/1/2023
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $0.005938 9/1/2023
Saskatel MMS $0.00 $0.005938 9/1/2023
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.004454 9/1/2023
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.007423 9/1/2023
Videotron SMS $0.00 0.0051960 9/1/2023
*NEW* Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.0090 3/1/2024

Other 

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Claro - PR SMS $0.00 $0.0065 7/1/2023
Claro - PR MMS $0.00 $0.0150 1/1/2023
Cellular South SMS $0.00 $0.0025 9/1/2022
Cellular South MMS $0.00 $0.0100 8/1/2022
Digicel Caribbean SMS $0.00 $0.0250 8/1/2022
Reliance Jio Infocom LTD - IN SMS $0.00 $0.0530 8/1/2022
Bharti Airtel Limited - IN SMS $0.00 $0.0530 8/1/2022
Vodafone Idea Limited - IN SMS $0.00 $0.0530 8/1/2022
Telstra Corporation LTD - AU SMS $0.00 $0.0790 8/1/2022
Optus Networks Pty LTD - AU SMS $0.00 $0.0790 8/1/2022
TPG Telecom Limited - AU SMS $0.00 $0.0790 8/1/2022
Everything Everywhere Limited - UK SMS $0.00 $0.0840 8/1/2022
Telefonica O2 UK Limited - UK SMS $0.00 $0.0840 8/1/2022
Vodafone UK - UK SMS $0.00 $0.0790 8/1/2022

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