With the Aim help forums down, we tackle a question thats been asked on other help sites. We’ll tackle the American carriers and see how much it would cost to use AIM. Let’s take a look into some definitions first.
What’s the difference?
SMS Text: SMS messages are quite commonly known as texts. If your AIM Mobile application uses text messages, you will get charged one text for signing on, one for retrieving your buddy list, and one for updating your buddy list.
Additionally you will be charged for sending an IM and charged for receiving an IM. If you take this route it should take you at least 4 text messages to sign on and off. If your a heavy AIM user, you might want to consider asking for unlimited texting plan.
Data: Data messages are sent over your mobile phone’s data stream. This is commonly known as 3G, Edge, or Wi-Fi. 3G and Edge is provided by your cellphone carrier. More likely than not if you use 3G or Edge, you probably have an unlimited data plan, but you should still check with your carrier to make sure.
If you use Wi-Fi, it’s for the most part free if you have your own coverage at home. However in public facilities companies may charge Wi-Fi access, luckily they require a password before you connect, meaning that you won’t get charged until you supply credit card info.
In Plain English Please?
Texting: You will get charged per text, unless you have unlimited text messages.
Data: You will get charged per kilobyte or megabyte, unless you have unlimited data plan.
Sending Text Messages from the Computer?
If your on the computer, AIM allows you to send text messages to cellphones for free. The person who sends text messages on the computer will not be charged.
The person who recieves the text message will get charged. Before texting anyone, please make sure to ask them before hand if they have a texting plan.
Any differences between phones?
- What about the Blackberry?
- Blackberry for the most part uses a data plan. However T-Mobile’s built in application will use text messages. You can however download different IM applications for blackberry. Read here for more info.
- What about Windows Mobile?
- Windows mobile phones use data. AOL has provided a beta for AIM for Windows Mobile.
- What about the iPhone?
- The iPhone uses data through Edge, 3G, or Wi-Fi. The iPhone has an unlimited data plan so feel free to use AIM anytime.
- What about my Cellphone?
- The regular run of the mill cell phone will most likely use texting. However there are some crafty ways around this. You can sign onto Aim without using any text messages.
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