I am a happy Fido customer with 3 cell lines. I have been pleased with Fido service until I saw a charge of 0.25c for Texting To Home Phone. It was simply a mistake on my part to text to a landline instead of a cell line, but this kind of mistake is very common especially when you pull a contact with more than one numbers from your contact list and chose the wrong number, and I am sure that this is likely to happen to anyone. Texting to a landline triggers some sort of service that result in a 0.25c charge. I strongly think that there should be a warning message when such attempt is made instead of "secretly" charging me 0.25c.
I have contacted Fido and got the 0.25c credit, but this is not a question of getting the money back or not, it is a matter of PRINCIPLE. This kind of mistake does happen often to anyone and Fido makes money out of it, not very ETHICAL.
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On the first use of Text to home phone, you'll receive a text message to confirm the language to be used and the price of the service. In your case, it's most likely not the first time you use it which explains why you didn't get the text message notifying you of the charge. Also, first time use of this service is not charged because you know, mistakes can happen
If you prefer to block the feature permanently, then just send an email to email@example.com indicating that you wish to block all Text to Home messages from your Fido phone number (include your number in the e-mail).
Once you send your email, all Text to Home messages will be blocked within 2 business days.
Hope this helps!
I am also quite upset about FIDO automatically enabling this feature on our lines. When you are a businessman in a hurry and need to text someone, you don't have time to check every # to see if it a cell or land line. Text-to-landline should be a service that you need to actively enable. Yes you can remove it and re-enable it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org indicating that you wish to block all Text to Home messages from your Fido phone number, but this is a hasstle that we should not have to endure. By the way, when I went directly to the Telemessage.com website, the contact us form did not work for me, even after I proved I was not a robot (my wife may say otherwise) so I had to email them through my email service. All in all an unnecessary hastle, FIDO!
Can Fido reps disable this now? I was told on live chat there is nothing they can do, and I don't really want to text telemessages.com my phone number as I don't know who they are. It's incredible that they provide a "feature" taht i never wanted and cannot turn off, which chaeges me 25 cents without a warning each time i text to a landline by mistake.
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I assure you that sending an email to email@example.com is a safe procedure to follow to have all Text to home messages blocked from your Fido phone.
Once it's done, messages will be blocked within 2 business days.
Hope this helps
Hi I need some helps.with this too please. (Current waiting time 18 minutes to speak to a representative)
Ihave a text to home charge on my latest bill I have the 85$ device10Gb plan that includes unlimited calls video and texts plan + unlimited long distance !?!
There is no detail about identifying the number dialedit refers to Event I do not believe it's my doing could this be a charge from someone send me a text if so I will whitelist.
Please let me know!
Scooby-Doo wrote:... could this be a charge from someone send me a text if so I will whitelist....
Fido does not charge for any received SMS/MMS. Note, however, the data portion of a MMS while roaming would be considered roaming data and be charged as such.
As noted previously in the thread, sending texts to a landline (home phone) is a 3rd party (TeleMessage) service which incurs additional cost. If you would like to prevent sending texts to a landline, you would have to contact TeleMessage directly and ask them to disable the service for your number.
Contacting firstname.lastname@example.org does indeed work as this community member has indicated here.
Hope this helps
This mistakes happen frequently when we forget that the number is not a cell one.
There definitely should be a warning before delivering the text message and charging the sender. Numbers as you know do not indicate if it is a landline, which is not the same case in European countries where cell phones have different area numbers.
Hi @ronyb welcome to the community
Just so you know if you contact email@example.com ask them to disable and it will stop and you won't occure charges anymore for text to landline.
Something is going to give...soon
With wifi enable and new technology coming out like smart city etc I'm sure something is going to change eventually. It would be great if a messaging app had this feature enable disable but I don't know any app ( or settings on phone) like that so far.
Have a super day!
Thank you for your reply, I have indeed read the thread and sent already an email to Telemessage support.
Will see how it goes, but users who don't know about this community will need to call and waste a lot of time before they can obtain the right procedure.
I would rather suggest that It should be integrated in the FIDO user online profile rather than another app to add, where user can tick to block this feature and then Fido will automatically contact the Telemessaging support for that, I think this will improve the service and make it available for all customers.