AT&T to phase out low-tier texting plan on August 21

A screenshot of AT&T's messaging plans reveals the American telecom giant is doing away with a messaging plan that offered customers to receive and send a thousand text messages per month for $10. The move will only affect new subscribers, and will take effect on August 21. Existing customers on "Messaging 1000" are grandfathered into the plan and will not be affected by this move.

The screenshot, provided by Engadget, lists the three options AT&T will offer to new customers: go for the unlimited messaging plan for $20 a month, pair up with family members and opt for the family unlimited plan for $30 a month, or pay 20 cents for each outgoing and incoming text (30 cents for messaging pictures and videos).

An AT&T spokesperson justified the "streamlining" of its offerings by claiming that the unlimited messaging plan is the most popular amongst its customers. They assured customers currently on the "Messaging 1000" plan that they may keep the plan even if they switch handsets.

This move won't affect text-happy subscribers on smartphones, but for people that send a few dozen texts per month, or those on feature phones may want to consider their options before taking the plunge with AT&T.

Image Credits: screenshot from Engadget, stock photo from sxc.hu

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