Seattle-Area Theater Will Encourage Texting During Performances

Seattle-Area Theater Will Encourage Texting During Performances

If you’re the type of audience member who feels the need to make the performance a sideshow to your nonstop texting and social network updating, you might want to make plans to move to the Seattle area by 2014. A theater there that’s slated to open that year will embrace technological obsession rather than discourage it, encouraging customers to text during shows. [More]

Growth Of Texting Craze Starts To Slow

Growth Of Texting Craze Starts To Slow

Likely thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and the way they facilitate on-the-fly email and instant messaging — as well as widespread social network use — text messaging is no longer the growth cottage industry it once was. According to researchers, adults sent and received a median average of 10 texts per day this spring, the same figure as last spring. The previous fall, the median average was five per day. [More]

AT&T Retires $10 Messaging Plan For New Customers

AT&T Retires $10 Messaging Plan For New Customers

AT&T is retiring its Messaging 1000 plan on Aug. 21, leaving new customers with just two messaging options: an unlimited plan or a pay-per-message basis. [More]

Sprint Customers Have Trouble Receiving Texts From Outside Network

Sprint Customers Have Trouble Receiving Texts From Outside Network

Sprint customers are lucky dogs indeed. Because the company confirmed that there’s a problem with Sprint customers receiving text messages from out-of-network phones, customers now have an alibi to ignore unwanted messages without seeming like jerks. [More]

Save Money By Emailing Phones Rather Than Texting

Save Money By Emailing Phones Rather Than Texting

If you’ve got a smart phone it doesn’t make much sense to pay $5, $10 or more a month for text messaging plans once you realize you can send free messages to friends’ phones via email. All you need to pull off the trick is your text-ees’ phone numbers and service providers. [More]

Verizon Took Away My Wife's Texting Plan, Won't Give It Back

Verizon Took Away My Wife's Texting Plan, Won't Give It Back

Josh and his wife thought they’d save some money by combining their contracts into a family plan, but were surprised by their next bill, which itemized Josh’s texts and put his wife on a more expensive plan that allowed her fewer messages. Josh says he argued with Verizon reps but can’t get them to reinstate his wife’s old text messaging plan and let him join in. [More]

Verizon's Robots Won't Stop Trying To Get Me To Pay For Bulk Text Messaging

Verizon's Robots Won't Stop Trying To Get Me To Pay For Bulk Text Messaging

Matt isn’t big on text messaging, which is why he says Verizon has assaulted him with robocalls to get him to get in on the labor-intensive, thumb-cramping, erratic driver-inspiring phenomenon. [More]

Update: All Four Major Carriers Now Waiving Fees For Haiti SMS Donations

Update: All Four Major Carriers Now Waiving Fees For Haiti SMS Donations

Update 2: Sprint has also announced that it is waiving fees, retroactive to Wednesday. (Thanks to changebumpin!)
Update: MSNBC has updated their article, and they say that AT&T has announced it will waive fees for donations, and apply the exemption retroactively to those who have already donated. (Thanks to Mathew for the heads up.) [More]

Trucker Fired By Text Message

Trucker Fired By Text Message

Randy was a trucker until he got a couple texts notifying him otherwise, South Carolina’s WTLX reports. [More]

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Payless Shoesource For Text Message Spamming

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Payless Shoesource For Text Message Spamming

Peter, who wrote in last month to complain about being text-spammed by Payless Shoesource on his phone, wasn’t the only customer they annoyed. A man in California has filed a class action lawsuit against the shoe company and Voice & Mobile Broadcast Corporation, which is the marketing company it hired to run the campaign.

Customer Gets Payless To Compensate Him For Text Message Spam

Customer Gets Payless To Compensate Him For Text Message Spam

Peter was pretty frustrated when Payless Shoesource ignored his two opt-out texts and continued to pester him with SMS spam. His complained via email and got taken off their list, but then he decided to see if he could get back the money those texts cost him.

Class Action Suit Against Apple And AT&T For Lack Of MMS On iPhones

Class Action Suit Against Apple And AT&T For Lack Of MMS On iPhones

No matter how awesome the iPhone is at multimedia, gaming, or taking money out of your wallet and mailing it to AT&T and Apple, it still doesn’t let you use multimedia messaging service (MMS)—you know, that thing where you send a photo to a friend over text message. Earlier this year AT&T finally said it would happen by the end of summer, but now a group of customers in Louisiana are tired of waiting.

Man Runs Up $26,000 T-Mobile Bill Pursuing Text Message Record; Thumbs in Stable Condition

Man Runs Up $26,000 T-Mobile Bill Pursuing Text Message Record; Thumbs in Stable Condition

A pair of friends in Pennsylvania decided to pursue the world record for text messaging. After they reached 217,000 texts, they learned that one of their providers, T-Mobile, really had an upper limit to “unlimited” texting, and sending 217,000 texts led to a $26,000 phone bill that cost $27 just to mail.

AT&T's 'American Idol' Text Message Stunt Backfires

AT&T's 'American Idol' Text Message Stunt Backfires

AT&T spammed a “‘significant number’ of its 75 million customers” yesterday with text messages advertising the premiere of American Idol. AT&T also pissed off a significant number of its 75 million customers in the process, and the company’s justification for the blitz isn’t exactly making AT&T sound smart when it comes to understanding what qualifies as spam.

Reminder: Text Messaging Can Be Used For Scams, Too

Reminder: Text Messaging Can Be Used For Scams, Too

This story from Jessica is a good reminder that scammers don’t care about the technology, they care about about fooling you. That means they’ll use whatever method is available—in this case, SMS.

Chinese Dairy Companies Apologize For Melamine Scandal Via Text Message

Chinese Dairy Companies Apologize For Melamine Scandal Via Text Message

Twenty-two dairy companies sent out a text message to millions of Chinese consumers last week to apologize for selling tainted milk products. According to the BBC, it read, “We are deeply sorry for the harm caused to the children and the society. We sincerely apologise for that and we beg your forgiveness.”

Congress Asks Wireless Carriers To Justify Text Message Rate Increases

Congress Asks Wireless Carriers To Justify Text Message Rate Increases

The similar price increases, coming at similar times, Kohl said, “is hardly consistent with the vigorous price competition we hope to see in a competitive marketplace.”

Verizon Won't Help You Filter Out SMS Spam Because It Makes Them Money

Verizon Won't Help You Filter Out SMS Spam Because It Makes Them Money