What are carrier surcharges and how are they applied?

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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. 

AT&T 10DLC surcharges

  • As of March 1, 2021, AT&T is passing through a single rate surcharge for registered traffic as part of their 10DLC program.
  • As of March 1, 2022, AT&T's grace period for unregistered traffic has ended and higher SMS and MMS surcharges (highlighted in the table below) are now in effect.

Note: AT&T has delayed the previously announced higher MMS surcharge ($0.005) for unregistered traffic, so the MMS surcharge remains at $0.0035 until further notice. We'll update this article once the new date is announced. Please click Follow on our 10DLC Overview article to receive updates.

T-Mobile 10DLC surcharges

  • As of June 1, 2021, T-Mobile is passing through per-message surcharges for registered traffic.
  • As of March 1, 2022, T-Mobile's grace period for unregistered traffic has ended and higher SMS and MMS surcharges (highlighted in the table below) are now in effect.

For more information about AT&T's and T-Mobile's 10DLC programs, please see our 10DLC Overview.

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 - Registered SMS $0.00 $0.002 3/1/21
AT&T - Registered MMS $0.00 $0.0035 3/1/21
AT&T - Unregistered SMS $0.00 $0.0040 3/1/22
 AT&T - Unregistered MMS $0.00 $0.0035 3/1/22
T-Mobile - Registered SMS $0.003 $0.003 6/1/21
T-Mobile - Registered MMS $0.010 $0.010 6/1/21
T-Mobile - Unregistered SMS $0.004 $0.004 3/1/22
T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.013 $0.013 3/1/22
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 $0.003 $0.003 3/1/22
T-Mobile 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
US Cellular MMS $0.00 $0.01
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.005
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.00250
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.003
T-Mobile SMS $0.00250 $0.00250
T-Mobile MMS $0.00 $0.01

 

Canada: Local

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS  $0.00 $0.00871

4/1/22

 Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00

$0.03245

4/1/22
 Eastlink (Bragg Communications)

SMS

$0.00 $0.00626 4/1/22
Eastlink (Bragg Communications)

MMS

$0.00 $0.00778 4/1/22
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.00712

4/1/22

*Increase 5/1/22*

NEW FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.008 5/1/22
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01187

4/1/22

*Decrease 5/1/22*

NEW FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.016 5/1/22
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
SMS $0.00 $0.00475 4/1/22
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
MMS $0.00 $0.0095

4/1/22

Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00712

4/1/22

*Increase 5/1/22*

New Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.008 5/1/22
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01187

4/1/22

*Decrease 5/1/22*

New Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.016 5/1/22
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $0.00633 4/1/22
Saskatel MMS $0.00 $0.0633 4/1/22
 Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00579 4/1/22

Telus

MMS $0.00 $0.00948 4/1/22
 Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00554 4/1/22
 Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.00599 4/1/22

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00868 4/1/22
 Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.03233 4/1/22
 NEW Eastlink (Bragg Communications)

SMS

$0.00 $0.0063

5/1/2022

NEW Eastlink (Bragg Communications)

MMS

$0.00 $0.0079 5/1/2022
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.0071 4/1/22
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01183 4/1/22
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
SMS $0.00 $0.00463 4/1/22
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
MMS $0.00 $0.00946 4/1/22
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.0071 4/1/22
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01183 4/1/22
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $0.00631 4/1/22
 Saskatel MMS $0.00 $0.00631 4/1/22
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00473 4/1/22
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.00789 4/1/22
 Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00552 4/1/22
 Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.00552 4/1/22

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