What are carrier surcharges and how are they applied?

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Emily Champion

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In 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 60 days 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. 

Local A2P/ 10DLC

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250
US Cellular SMS $0.00 $0.00500
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.00200
Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.00500

Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.00250

Short Code

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
US Cellular SMS $0.00350 $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
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.00600
Freedom Mobile SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00600
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00550
Saskatel SMS $0.00 $.006300
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.01600
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01500
Freedom Mobile MMS $0.00 $0.00910
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01500
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.00760
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.00550
Sasktel MMS $0.00 $.006300

Canada: Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
Bell & Virgin SMS $0.00 $0.00860
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.005900
Freedom Mobile SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.00700
Telus SMS $0.00 $0.00470
Videotron SMS $0.00 $0.00550
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.01600
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.01500
Freedom Mobile MMS $0.00 $0.00910
Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.01500
Telus MMS $0.00 $0.00760
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.00550

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