About AIM and FREE SMS CONFIRMATION PLEASE
Okay everyone, I have one question may someone please confirm this.
Everyone has said that when you use the AIM program, it is free of charge and doesn't count towards your SMS plan. However I have notice that if the AIM user is sending a message to your cell phone number (ex.+1999945499) instead of your screen name(ex. JohnDoe123) it will charge you 1 SMS message.
I have noticed another thing also, which is why I am very confused. I have noticed that when you are receiving messages through your Screen name(ex.Johndoe123), it doesn't charge you as an SMS message(atleast doesn't show up on the online account as an SMS charge, however the other method(ex.+1999945499) does show up as 1 SMS count, can someone please confirm that this method is free...Its not showing up when I check the sms data plan, but I want to be 100% sure before I start chatting regularly on AIM app.
Also I asked an ATT representive about and this is what I got...
Thank you for taking the time to e-mail the new AT&T regarding the AIM
application on your phone and if it will count toward your message plan.
When you use AIM it will count toward your message plan. If
you are going to be using the AIM it is best to get an unlimited message
plan, which is $20.00 a month. Any messages over the 200 plan that you
have is $0.10 per message.
THANKS in advance, help is much appreciated, SERIOUS 100% CONFIRMED answers please.
- 12-20-2008, 12:36 PM #3
Well you are asking people to know 100% so you're limiting your audience, however, i rember reading somewhere back that if you recieve any type of SMS (that is, on the iphone's dedicated send/recieve,) then you are charged, if you use the actual app, then it shouldn't cost you anything within it.
I am only 80% sure.
Which AIM program are you using?
Last edited by msbaylor; 12-20-2008 at 12:45 PM.
- 12-20-2008, 01:27 PM #5
- 12-20-2008, 01:43 PM #6
I looks like (from reading many of the AOL & AT&T web sites) that when using a mobile number it will charge, but when using a screen name, you are using AOL forwarding service and somehow you're not charged. ? Not sure I understand it quite yet.
I would try it for a bit and see what happens, of course don't use it too much that way you don't use all your test messages in your plan.
Also you may try using Palingro, it has some handy features that are free.
- 12-20-2008, 03:33 PM #8
- 12-20-2008, 03:51 PM #9
- 12-20-2008, 08:02 PM #10
I don't understand the confusion.
If you're having messages sent to your phone number, then you are clearly using SMS. Of course you're going to get charged.
If you're having message sent to your SN, then using the AIM app from the App Store retrieves those messages... but this is NOT SMS. So of course you won't get charged for SMS.
- 12-23-2008, 09:58 AM #11
Nothing has changed with the iPhone.
AIM SN to AIM SN (no matter what your on) = Free
AIM SN to Phone SMS client = Text Message
Phone SMS client to AIM SN = Text Message
It's pretty simple, if your SMS client gets used, you get charged.
What I do is have people message me once by text, then I open up AIM and login to finish the convo and not use up my text messages.
- 12-23-2008, 02:48 PM #12
I only tried it once but the person said they never even received my IM on their Razr anyway. So I've just avoided using it since. i don't have SMS on my plan and don't need any surprises.
- 01-03-2009, 10:43 PM #13iPhone Newbie
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^^^ I agree with the above. The only benefit to sending them through AIM is if you send them to someone else then it shouldn't charge you as a SMS. But if you are sending them to yourself and you are receiving them to your TEXT app then they would not be free. The one issue is you were only charged to receive and not send/receive which you would have been if you had used the TEXT app to send the message to yourself.