Understanding Your Postscript Bill and Charges

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   Is your shop on usage billing? If you downloaded Postscript on or after 3/1/2022, then your shop is on usage billing. This article is for you.

At Postscript, we strive to be as transparent as possible with shops about how our pricing works. After thorough research and conversations with partners and customers, we determined a usage-based plan offers shops the flexibility needed to adapt to their industry throughout the year. With a usage-based approach to pricing, shops only pay for what they use and what they send.

In this article, we discuss benefits of usage billing, then we'll walk through your Postscript Billing tab and the different sub-tabs and charges you might see.

Benefits of Usage Billing

  • You’ll only be charged for what you send. No more credits, no more rollover management.
  • No need to remember to upgrade or downgrade.
  • Review your usage by exact message, day, carrier, country, SMS vs. MMS, and more.
  • Track, control, and predict your spend for each month.

Understanding Your Billing Overview

Your Postscript Billing Overview contains three categories in which we group charges and fees as well as shows billing statements from previous months. Let's break these categories down.

  • Messaging Fees. Messaging fees are usage charges and reflect the costs of sending SMS and MMS messages using Postscript.
  • Estimated carrier fees. Carrier fees are small surcharges that mobile carriers (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) charge for sending messages using their networks. Learn more about carrier fees here.
    • Why is it an estimate? Carrier fees update at the end of the day (midnight UTC, specifically). If you are viewing your summary mid-day, after sending a campaign, your carrier fees wouldn't yet reflect the fees associated with that campaign.
  • Recurring Fees. Recurring fees are those fees a shop will pay on a monthly basis. This includes the monthly platform fee, which covers the features available to a shop within Postscript. It can also reflect the cost of a short code or other services.
  • Previous Month's Statements. Below your current month's summary, you'll find billing statements from previous months. Selecting View Invoice will route you to an expanded view of that month's billing breakdown.


Understanding Your Postscript Invoices

How and when Postscript charges a shop will depend on the type of plan the shop is on. Below, we walk through the billing summary and schedule for the plans offered on Postscript.

Free and Growth PlanProfessional and Enterprise Plan

On a Free and Growth plan, shops are charged for usage as they reach their billing threshold. Each billing threshold charge will be accompanied by a carrier fee charge for the fees related to that billing threshold. You can learn more about this process here.

With this in mind, let's look at an example billing summary. Beneath the image is a breakdown of the items.

  1. Paid usage amount. This reflects usage activity for which a shop has already been charged.
  2. Paid carrier fees. This reflects carrier fees related to usage activity for which a shop has already been charged.
  3. Recurring feesThis reflects any recurring fees for which a shop has already been charged. In the above example, the $100.00 recurring fee reflects the monthly plan fee for a shop on the Grow plan.
  4. Unbilled usage amount. This reflects current usage activity for which a shop has not been charged. Once a shop reaches their usage billing threshold (e.g., $100 or $500), they will be charged and that amount would be reflected in the Paid usage amount line. 
    • What are estimated carrier fees? Carrier fees update at the end of the day. If you are viewing your summary mid-day, after sending a campaign, your carrier fees wouldn't yet reflect the fees associated with that campaign.

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