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Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

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Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Soon-to-be Imposed Fees For Incoming Text Messages Not Going Over Well

Industry Minister, Jim Prentice, has hinted (strongly) that Canadian telecom giants Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility could face new regulations if they do not reconsider their decision to charge customers for incoming text messages on their cellphones.  Bell Mobility will begin charging customers 15¢ per incoming text message on Aug. 8. Telus Mobility is moving to the same billing practice effective Aug. 24. Until now, their pay-per-use customers who send text messages have been charged a 15¢ fee per message, but it hasn't cost anything to receive them.

Earlier this month, Mr. Prentice described the move by Bell and Telus as an "ill-thought-out decision."

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