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In order to receive messages you will need to have either a feature on your account or a balance high enough to cover the value of the SMS message. So if you are at $0 with no features you will not receive text messages and would need to top up.
Regular rates Telus has at the moment are:
-Pay per use $0.30 per sms out or incoming.
-Pay per use $0.50 per MMS *multimedia messages such picture or video*
Or you can get one of texting features that can be:
Unlimited Messaging 30 days $15
Messaging 2500 30days $10
Messaging 250 30days $5