International Messaging and iMessage

I have a lot of relatives that live in England and Wales. I don’t text them frequently, but every once in a while, I’ll go through a period where I send about $5 worth of messages. Almost every one of these texts is to someone with an iPhone and will be free once everyone is on iOS 5.

Current messaging rates for iPhones on AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.:

Carrier Outbound SMS Inbound SMS Outbound MMS Inbound MMS
AT&T $.25 Free1 $.50 $.30
Verizon $.25 $.20 $.50 $.25

Sure, I could use other messaging like Facebook, Twitter, or instant messaging, but SMS is so much easier and more convenient that we use it now even though it’s not free. It might even encourage other relatives to consider iPhones!