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. 

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.

Verizon 10DLC surcharges

  • As of September 1, 2022, Verizon's per message SMS surcharge is being increased to $0.003 (from $0.0025).

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

 

Local A2P/ 10DLC

Toll-Free

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Start Date
AT&T SMS $0.00 $0.0025 7/1/21
AT&T MMS $0.00 $0.003 7/1/21
*NEW* Cellular South SMS $0.00 $0.0025 10/1/22
*NEW* Cellular South MMS $0.00 $0.01
10/1/22
Claro - PR SMS $0.00 $0.0045 8/1/22
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
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0025 9/1/20
Verizon SMS $0.00 $0.0030

9/1/22

Verizon MMS $0.00 $0.005 7/1/21

Short Code

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound
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
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

Canada: Local

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update
Bell & Virgin SMS  $0.00 $0.0087233 7/1/22
Bell & Virgin MMS $0.00 $0.0325100 7/1/22
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.0063433 7/1/22
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.0079267 7/1/22
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $0.008 5/1/22
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $0.016 5/1/22
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND) 
SMS  $0.00 $0.0047567 7/1/22
 Freedom Mobile
(Globalive Wireless/WIND) 
MMS $0.00 0.0095200 7/1/22
Rogers SMS $0.00 $0.008 5/1/22
 Rogers MMS $0.00 $0.016 5/1/22
Saskatel SMS  $0.00 0.0063433 7/1/22
Saskatel MMS $0.00 0.0063433 7/1/22
Telus SMS  $0.00 $0.0063433 7/1/22
 Telus MMS $0.00 $0.0103067 7/1/22
Videotron SMS  $0.00 $0.0055500 7/1/22
Videotron MMS $0.00 $0.0055533 7/1/22

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
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) SMS $0.00 $0.0063 5/1/22
Eastlink (Bragg Communications) MMS $0.00 $0.0079 5/1/22
FIDO Solutions SMS $0.00 $.008 7/1/22
FIDO Solutions MMS $0.00 $.016 7/1/22
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 $.008 7/1/22
Rogers MMS $0.00 $.016 7/1/22
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

 

Other 

Carrier Type Inbound Outbound Last Update

Claro - PR

SMS

$0.00

$0.0045

8/1/2022

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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