Starting Jan. 28, Verizon Wireless customers will no longer receive text notifications from Remind, an app that more than 7 million educators, students and parents use to communicate for educational purposes, free of charge, according to the Remind website.
According to the website, while Remind pays for each text a Remind user sends or receives, Verizon Wireless will soon begin charging Remind an additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. According to Remind, the new fee will increase Remind’s cost per text message by at least 11 times its current cost.
While Conroe ISD Director of Communications Sarah Blakelock said CISD does not exclusively use Remind, many CISD educators elect to use the service.
“Some campuses, teachers and coaches use Remind for various communication needs including event announcements or athletics information, but we do not have a district Remind account at this time,” Blakelock said. “As a district, we have several platforms with communications capabilities that any impacted campuses, teachers and coaches may choose to use instead.”
In order for Verizon Wireless customers to continue received notifications from Remind, users will need to turn on smartphone or email notifications instead, according to the Remind website. Remind is also urging concerned users to reach out to Verizon Wireless by calling 1-800-922-0204 and ask the company to #ReverseTheFee.
For more information on how to continue receiving Remind notifications, click here.