Penny for reports? Three start charging for SMS delivery messages
Orange have been charging a penny for every SMS delivery report received for years (although how many customers are aware they charge is another matter). Now Three want in on the action, and will be charging customers the same amount from 6th June.
Avid Bitterwallet reader Joe let us know that he received a message from Three to alert him to the new charge:
"Text delivery reports will cost 1p per report from 06th June 2011. For more info click here: http://mobile.three.co.uk/comms/sms/a"
There's also a note on the Three website, albeit one that Tom Thumb would strain his eyesight reading.
It sounds like an inconsequential amount, but millions of SMS messages are sent over the Three network every day; if just a few percent of customers receive delivery reports, Three will instantly start generating hundreds of thousands of pounds of additional revenue every month.
It's not a deal-breaker for cancelling your contract since delivery reports are optional, but if you send a couple of dozen texts a month then you need to switch the reports off to save your monthly bill rising by a few quid.