Why is my international text not being charged?

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I am travelling in the US right now. My cellular data is turned off because I didn't want to incur roaming charges. But I knew that if I was connected to wifi I could still "text" people using iMessage. I accidentally sent a text to a friend, thinking I was using iMessage, but then the message was green meaning it was a SMS message instead. Oops! I didn't even know it was possible to still send texts this way - I thought I had disabled that ability by turning off cellular data. Is there a way to stop yourself from sending SMS texts instead of iMessage? I have an iPhone 7.

So then I assumed I would be charged $5 for 100 international texts (that was what the chart I found said). But then I looked into my account and it's showing $0 being charged. So, should I assume I still have 99 SMS texts to send while I'm here? Or should I see if Koodo will forgive my mistake and not charge me $5? Am I even being charged in the first place? Help! Thank you :)

Here's a screen shot of my self-serve texting info. It says international texting but no charge?!

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Laura Barber

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Posted 1 year ago

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Settings>Messages
There should be asetting to send as sms when imessage fails.  Just turn that off.


If you are connected to AT&T and sent an sms then you will be charged.  It may just be a delay if it is saying $0
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If you do end up getting charged you can call Koodo or contact them through facebook(https://m.me/Koodo) and explain the situation and they may be able to reverse the charges for you as well.
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User error is typically not considered to be a valid reason for reversing charges.
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"May" be able to. Ive had charges removed from my account twice now for user error making accidental calls or texts while in the us