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Texting Cell Phones: Shocking Truth Behind Text Messages

Updated on September 26, 2011

Cellphones…they call, they text, they e-mail, they take pictures, they take videos, they are game consoles, there your local weather forecast, they are the “find a…” map to everything, they have movie times and the whole world wide web, some stream videos and some record your voice…and of course…most of them text message. Looking at this list it looks like this handy-dandy gadget is all we need…or is it? For the luxury of these items we pay the expenditures. I am not talking about the ringtones or the wallpapers, the programs or the videos. Keep your eyes peeled, because most of us forget this aspect and then wonder why at the end of the month we have no pocket money. Learn the number one profit maker for the company, as because of this they are making more and more, and we are losing what we have. Cutting this out will save you a ton per year!

A Phone that would be great for texting.
A Phone that would be great for texting.

What the heck am I blabbing on about someone might ask?

Text Messaging.

…What is the problem with Text Messaging?

What is the problem with text messaging? The problem is the cost to do so. Look at some of the plans, text messaging is pay per message or $amount for 300, 500, 1000, unlimited etc. Why do we pay for sending text? For one minute of talk time you can say a lot more then a text, and in the end it’s cheaper to call then text! Has anyone else noticed on computers there are these “FREE” messengers you can text to each other on? Some include:

Aim (Aol Instant Messenger)

Msn (Microsoft Messenger)

Google Talk

Yahoo Messenger

Just to name a few!

All of those cost you nothing, now if you get a “cell phone” to be a “phone” then there isn’t much of a reason you need to text, think about it…a phone is a device used for vocal communication between two or more people who aren’t close enough to each other to normally talk to them. Cellphone companies love that teenagers and kids are addicted to text messaging. The cost doesn’t look bad at all, but just to fill everyone in here are some current offerings from major brand companies and the cost of use per year-with it all written outright, you might be shocked!

AT&T Logo
AT&T Logo

AT&T Text Message Charges:

>Unlimited For Family Plan - $30/mo Half Year= $180 Year=$360 ($1 a Day!)

>Messaging Unlimited For Single $20/mo Half Year= $120 Year=$240 (~65 Cents a Day!)

>Messaging 1500 $15/mo Half Year= $90 Year= $180 (18,000 texts for ~1 Cent a Text!)

>Messaging 200 $5/mo Half Year= $30 Year= $60 (2,400 texts for ~2.5 Cents a Text!)

Verizon Wireless Logo
Verizon Wireless Logo

Verizon Wireless:

All I could find is if you get the cheapest Basic plan of $59 (total) then each message is 20 cents each!!  (10,000 Texts for $2,000!!!!!)

Virgin Mobile Logo
Virgin Mobile Logo

Virgin Mobile:

Pay As You Go:

> 200 Texts $5/mo Half Year= $30 Year= $60 (2,400 texts for ~2.5 Cents a Text!)

> 1000 Texts $10/mo Half Year= $60 Year = $120 (12,000 texts for ~1 Cents a Text!)

> Unlimited Texts $20/mo Half Year= $120 Year= $240 (~65 Cents a Day!)

Monthly Plan:

>1000 Texts $5/mo Half Year= $30 Year= $60 (12,000 texts for ~.5 Cents a Text!)

>Unlimited Texts $10/mo Half Year= $60 Year = $120 (~32 Cents a Day!)

Clearly, for the texts these cellphone companies make a ton. The totals are shocking, what do you think you could have done with the money? The solution is simple, when you get a cell phone use it like a phone, you don’t need to text unless you have the extra money! Just call people with the phone and talk to them online for free when you want to just text chat back and forth. This add-on is exactly what these companies wish for you to do.

Bottom Line…

Now you know the big secret to how cellphone companies make so much money! But do as you wish, I would think people would want to spend there money in a more meaningful way then typing:

Lol =)

If you’re a die-hard text messenger and whatever you hear or what I prove will not stop you from spending a lot of extra money I would suggest texting on the Monthly Virgin Mobile plan. For unlimited texts for 32 cents a day you can’t go wrong.

I want to think all my readers for reading this hub about the evil texting. If you need a plan with built-in unlimited texting then use it, or if there are any bundled into the package by all means text away! But beware…if you go over you will probably be paying about 5-25 cents PER message over your plan!


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    • thranax profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      @Random girl :3 Lol. If texting for $1 a day about is good with you do it ^.^ Honestly, I have texting including now and its discounted with the expensive plan o.o still costs too much a month =[


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      Random girl :3 

      10 years ago

      What really? O.o... I have unlimited text messaging at&t. I text alot xD so i guess its fine if its $1 a day o.o maybe. Maybe not xD. Well thanks for the information tho :D

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      Graeme Houston 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      I just got a new phone and it's great. Right enough I don't text very often. I spend £10 a month and get 300 text free messages which I don't use, 150MB of data which I do, free unlimited skype (doesn't eat into data allowance), plus 2,000 MB of internet as an add-on which leaves me with £5 to call with.

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      10 years ago

      Thats Cool

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      random guy^^ 

      11 years ago

      wtf? free messengers? xDD well good luck buddy using those when you're not online ;D I'd keep my mouth shut if you tell me there's a free internet provider... well actually I wouldn't believe you for a second. trouth is you do pay even for using free messengers. and regrad this: on my cellphone I can call anybody for free, got 1k messages and unlimited internet. all in all for 20 bucks. now tell me messaging costs me more than using google talk. cause my internet is 30/month. I think I made my point

    • MEjones profile image


      11 years ago

      Oh my gosh you are totally right. Great Hub.

    • profile image

      text message 

      12 years ago

      teen love text messages more than adult

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      12 years ago

      nother reason why teens mostly love texting is because they do it in class, and don't get caught, well sometimes. its just fun, especially when the teacher is droning on about something borning, lol. But it is a lot easier sometimes just to text to ask a quick question, or when you are in a quiet place and dont want to disturb the peice.

    • britneydavidson profile image


      12 years ago from united kingdom

      well i love to text...its really great fun...sometime person is busy and cant pick your call then sam works best as he or she can have a look for it in between.sometime its hard to say but through sms you just type it and send it.....and its done..

    • fsommers profile image


      12 years ago from Houston

      I don't text, but my children do...constantly. Thanks for the information.



    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great hub! Virgin is and has been great for my daughter, son and myself. It's not just a pay-as-you-go their plans are the best priced that we could find. I used it both for business and personal.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

      Anna Marie Bowman 

      12 years ago from Florida

      Thankfully, I don't text nearly as much as I used to. I think I pay about $10 for like 500 texts or something like that. I really have no idea, but I never use as much as I have available to me. Sadly, they don't roll over like some phone minutes do.

    • Lisa HW profile image

      Lisa HW 

      12 years ago from Massachusetts

      Good Hub, although I still like the occasional texting. I don't use it so much that I need a plan; but it is great to be able to send a friend a quick message while he's at work, without bothering him (or anybody else) and while having the message there for him to read when the time is right.

      It's also great to have grown kids be able to send a quick "here" when they arrive somewhere after a long trip - no need for them to talk when they're just settling in; but enough to let a parent know they got there ok.

      And, of course, the occasional "Happy Birthday" text, complete with music and picture is just kind of nice to be able to send.

    • ThisGirlsOpinion profile image


      12 years ago

      Actually with Verizon wireless our text messaginig plan is 250 messages and fifty picture texts for five dollars a month.  For ten dollars a month you get 500, and the scale keeps going up after that.  I do not text much and may be dropping my 250 plan soon, but when people send me texts it is cheaper to have this plan rather than paying for each one.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Excellent Hub, although I;m no good at texting. I saw a speed texting contest with Blackberries a couple months ago - WWII veterans against teens and the veterans won. They had done decoding work in WWII. Fast, man.

      Thumbs up here!

    • ProCW profile image


      12 years ago from South Carolina

      Hey thranax! Long time! :)

      Thank you for the great HubMob contribution! :)

      I think once my contract is up with Sprint, Verison will be getting my next contract. Thumbs up!


    • quicksand profile image


      12 years ago

      The problem is, if you call someone, you cannot simply tell them what you need to, and ring off, you've got to listen to their crap too!

      In text messaging you just type in the text, and that's it! That's why I use text more often!



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