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8: Helper

My new tablet allows me to text as well but don't have a text allowance on the mobile broadband SIM so I was wondering what the charge is per text sent if I used this option.

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17: Community Champion

Hi @dscott2701

 

You will be charged 35p for a standard text message.

 

You don't mention is the tablet is PAYG or contract.  If you are on PAYG, with the credit being converted into a data package and no way of charging for SMS you won't be able to send but will be able to receive. 

 

If you have a mobile phone with a text messaging allowance, it may be better to send the message from the phone, this way, there will be no charge.

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13: Advanced Member

I rather suspect you'll find it doesn't work, though you could try one, and see what turns up on your bill! I think there isn't a pricing structure for outgoing texts on a data SIM, although you should be able to receive incoming texts.

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8: Helper

Outgoing texts working fine outgoing calling don't.

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13: Advanced Member

Well, don't send too many until you're sure of the cost! OOB rate? But maybe someone else knows?

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17: Community Champion

Hi @dscott2701

 

You will be charged 35p for a standard text message.

 

You don't mention is the tablet is PAYG or contract.  If you are on PAYG, with the credit being converted into a data package and no way of charging for SMS you won't be able to send but will be able to receive. 

 

If you have a mobile phone with a text messaging allowance, it may be better to send the message from the phone, this way, there will be no charge.

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8: Helper

It is indeed pay monthly as is my mobile phone with a unlimited text  allowance I was thinking if it weren't expensive if I happened to have hold of my tablet I may send the odd one. I was thinking maybe the 10p mark. For 35p each I would rather pick up my mobile phone or install a message app such as Viber or WHATSAPP.

 

Thanks for the answers.

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13: Advanced Member

That would explain it - I used to have a PAYG dongle, and was 99+% sure I couldn't send texts. But I also hadn't thought the cost could be as much as 35p - ouch! - the OOB cost of texts on PAYG is only 14p.

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