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.
  • As of October 1, 2023, AT&T will be standardizing surcharge rates across all products. They will begin charging a higher fee for outbound SMS and MMS rates for Short Code, Toll-Free, and 10DLC traffic. 

    • Toll- Free MMS's increase had been pushed to November 1, 2023

T-Mobile 10DLC surcharges

  • As of June 1, 2023, the fees for unregistered traffic have increased. They will continue to increase every two months until December 2023:

Effective June 1, 2023:

    • $0.005 for Inbound and Outbound SMS
    • $0.014 for Inbound and Outbound MMS

Effective August 1, 2023:

    • $0.006 for Inbound and Outbound SMS
    • $0.015 for Inbound and Outbound MMS

Effective October 1, 2023:

    • $0.007 for Inbound and Outbound SMS
    • $0.016 for Inbound and Outbound MMS

Effective December 1, 2023:

    • $0.008 for Inbound and Outbound SMS
    • $0.017 for Inbound and Outbound MMS

Verizon 10DLC surcharges

  • As of September 1, 2022, Verizon's per-message SMS surcharge has increased to $0.003 (from $0.0025).
  • As of July 1, 2023, Verizon is charging for unregistered SMS traffic. The new unregistered SMS rate is .01 per message. 

For more information about the wireless carriers' 10DLC programs, please see our 10DLC Overview.

Local A2P/ 10DLC

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
AT&T - Registered SMS $0.00 $0.0020 3/1/2021
*New* AT&T - Registered SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T - Registered MMS $0.00 $0.0035 3/1/2021
*New* 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 $0.006 $0.0060 8/1/2023
*NEW* T-Mobile - Unregistered SMS $0.007 $0.0070 10/1/2023
*NEW* T-Mobile - Unregistered SMS $0.008 $0.0080 12/1/2023
 T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.015 $0.0150 8/1/2023
*NEW* T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.016 $0.0160 10/1/2023
*NEW* T-Mobile - Unregistered MMS $0.017 $0.0170 12/1/2023
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 $0.0025 7/1/2021
*New* AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0030 7/1/2021
*New* 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 $0.0025 9/24/2021
*New* AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0030 10/1/2023
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0030 9/24/2021
*New* AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.0050 10/1/2023
T-Mobile SMS $0.00250 $0.0025 9/24/2021
T-Mobile MMS $0.00 $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 $0.0302116 9/1/2023
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.0081060 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.0072912 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.0147370 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.0073690 9/1/2023
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND) 
SMS  $0.00 $0.0088424 9/1/2023
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND) 
MMS $0.00 $0.0044210 9/1/2023
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.0147370 9/1/2023
 Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.0073690 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 $0.0095790 9/1/2023
 Telus MMS $0.00 $0.0058950 9/1/2023
Videotron SMS  $0.00 $0.0051580 9/1/2023
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.0037230 9/1/2023

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.030433 9/1/2023
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.008165 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.007360 9/1/2023
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.007041 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.014846 9/1/2023
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.007422 9/1/2023
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
SMS $0.00 $0.008907 9/1/2023
Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND)
MMS $0.00 $0.004461 9/1/2023
 Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.014846 9/1/2023
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.007423 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 $0.007423 9/1/2023
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.004454 9/1/2023
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.005196 9/1/2023
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.005196 9/1/2023

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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