AT&T Offers Free Mobile-to-Mobile Before iPhone 5 Release

AT&T is now offering many customers free mobile-to-mobile calling on any network.

An AT&T customer forwarded to a message from the carrier that offers FREE calling to ANY U.S. mobile phone.” Based on the picture, the recipient appears to be an iPhone subscriber, according to the report.

An AT&T spokesperson did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment; however, many subscribers tell us they’ve had free mobile-to-mobile calling for at least a couple of months now. It appears not everyone has gotten the message until recently.

The report raises speculation that Dallas-based AT&T is seeking to cozy up to its subscribers in advance of the launch of the iPhone 5, which could intensify competition in the U.S. smartphone market. Reports surfaced late last month that, for the first time ever, AT&Ts competitor, Sprint Nextel, is planning to sell the sleek device and offer unlimited data.

Meanwhile, AT&T officially announced that its GoPhone prepaid customers will soon be able to obtain unlimited nationwide messaging and 250 minutes of domestic calling for $25 per month. GoPhone customers also will be able to obtain 250 minutes of international calls to more than 50 countries for $10 per month, AT&T said. The offerings become available on Sunday, Sept. 18.

AT&T further announced roaming availability and rates in popular Canadian destinations, including Montreal, Niagara Falls and Vancouver, with voice costing 39 cents per minute and text priced at 25 cents per message sent and 20 cents per message received.

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