"Jim, I think that you want to get confirmation of that."
No need, really. And it's not really new policy depending on the plan you have.
I have the recreation plan, which means I get 40 text (free-form) messages per month, and unlimited free preset messages. The preset messages are not counted against my 40 regular messages. They're even divided out on my monthly summary on explore.delorme.com, so I see how many of each I've used.
A couple of points to remember - you can't edit preset messages on the device in the field (nor through the Earthmate app), nor can you change who the preset messages are sent to in the field. The preset messages, including who they are sent to, must be set up/typed on your computer and synched to your device. Currently, you can only change them, including the address field, on your computer.
You can send a preset message to a bunch of people (I don't know if there's a limit to the address list), and it still only counts as one preset message (though with unlimited messages it doesn't really matter, I guess).
If someone responds to you from a preset message, that goes against your free form message allotment (both incoming and outgoing free form messages count against your allotment).
Tracking information is sent with each preset message, and it doesn't count against your tracking allotment (if you don't have a plan with unlimited tracks).