Most of the mobile phones in the world are still of the “dumbphone” variety, so SMS won’t be going anywhere too soon.
AT&T has confirmed that they will be trimming the fat off their service plans, presenting customers with either an unlimited monthly plan with a set monthly cost, or a plan to pay for each text message.
Gone will be the middle-of-the-road plans, like the $10 for 1,000 texts per month plan.
“The vast majority of our messaging customers prefer unlimited plans,” said a spokesperson for AT&T. “With text messaging growth stronger than ever, that number continues to climb among new customers.”
The service changes will go into effect on Sunday. AT&T did point out that current customers are not required to change their service plan, as the 1,000 texts-per-month plan will only be unavailable to new customers.