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Phantom SMS charges

Posted on: April 24, 2019

A cheap phone plan has hidden costs.

I have two phone accounts for my family that are under a special MyRepublic phone plan. I could pay for three accounts and they would still cost less than one low end plan with a competitor.

So what is not to love?

Phantom international SMS charges by MyRepublic.

Over the last few months, I noticed that some bills had mysterious international SMS charges. When I inquired, I received a link to a newly minted FAQ. It looks like I was not the only one worried about phantom SMS charges.

It turns out that activations of iCloud or iMessage incur international SMS charges because these are sent to UK servers. Since one might have more than one device, this can add up.

The new FAQ does not provide advice on how to avoid this charge. Apparently, a service provider does not have to be helpful by providing that service. So I searched online.

A few minutes of searching revealed two things: 1) This problem was more common than I thought (customers the world over railing against their telcos), and 2) the solution might be right under our thumbs.

Hot Cancel instead of OK.

When prompted to activate, tap on Cancel instead of OK. Apparently the service will still be activated. I must remember to try this the next time this invariably happens.

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