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Remind issued a release stating they would no longer offer text messaging services for devices using Verizon Wireless. Remind is a popular notification service which allows teachers to send texts to their classes with updates and reminders.

Verizon Wireless recently introduced a fee to organizations sending ‘spam texts’. Remind updates are considered part of that category. While Remind pays for each text it sends recipients, paying the additional fee to Verizon would cost 11 times the current amount Remind spends.

Remind’s requests for the spam fee to apply only to messages sent through Remind’s premium programs were rejected by Verizon. The fee is supposed to help pay for anti-spam services. For students with Verizon, Remind recommends switching to email updates or downloading their mobile application.

The Federal Communications Commission voted last month that text messaging is an information service and not a telecommunications service, leaving it largely unregulated. The companies are still negotiating, but for now, Remind’s text messaging services will end to Verizon customers on Jan. 28.

Information for this article was sourced from Ars Technica.

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3 Responses to “Remind to halt text messaging service to Verizon users”

  1. darkstripe on January 17th, 2019 9:23 am

    if you have verizon you are Legally Banned from Any And All Reminders. You Will Be Forced To Use Memory Skills Even If You Do Not Have Them

  2. Verizon phone user on January 17th, 2019 2:13 pm

    I’m not gonna lie this move by Verizon was very uncool and they potentially stand to lose a lot of customers as a result. Unfortunately, it seems every cell provider has their fair share of scummy practices.

  3. Killian Kenny on January 29th, 2019 10:43 am

    There’s been an update in the story: Verizon has decided to comply with Remind and will continue providing the service for free.

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