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ATT Texting
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Jul 18, 2008, 11:42 PM
My kids are on their Mom's ATT plan and they have unlimited texting. When I text them from my iPhone through AIM to their phone using their phone number does it still count as a text (thus "free") to them? On their phone it shows as a text through AIM. I am worried they are going to incur more costs.
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Jul 19, 2008, 02:38 AM
If you text to an iPhone user's cellular phone number, they receive it as an SMS message. The AIM message on your end is simply a data transmission. If you text to another user's AIM account, they receive it in that AIM client as a data transmission receipt (not an SMS text message).

So, the AIM message you sent is included in your data plan. If you sent it to a cellular phone number, it's received as an SMS text message and the recipient will incur (or not) an SMS message charge based on whatever their plan says.

Here's a link to a MacRumors forum topic where the AOL Mac Product Lead Lee Givens addressed this issue:

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