What are carrier surcharges and how are they applied?

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Emily Champion

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As of December 2020, you'll begin to see the carrier surcharges on your invoice broken out by carrier. Previously, these appeared on your invoice as a blended surcharge for both US Long Code and Canadian messages. As the messaging ecosystem evolves, we'll keep this list up to date. If you have any questions, please review our Messaging Carrier Surcharge FAQ.

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

As of April 1, T-Mobile is passing through per-message surcharges reflected below. Please see our 10 DLC Overview article for more information about T-Mobile's 10DLC program.

As of July 1, AT&T and T-Mobile will begin charging surcharges for toll-free traffic. We have posted them here early so you can begin calculating the impact it will have for you. 

Local A2P/ 10DLC

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.00500
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.00500
US Cellular MMS $0.00 $0.01000
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.00200
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.00350
T-Mobile SMS $0.003 $0.00300
T-Mobile MMS $0.01 $0.01000

Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250
AT&T SMS $0.00 $.00250
AT&T MMS $0.00 $.0030
T-Mobile SMS $.00250 $.00250
T-Mobile MMS $.010 $.010

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
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00860
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.03224
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.00699
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01180
Freedom Mobile SMS $0.00 $0.00466
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00699
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01180
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $.006300
Sasktel MMS $0.00 $.006300
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00466
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00543

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00860
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.00590
Freedom Mobile SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00700
SaskTel SMS $0.00 $0.00626
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00550

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