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Choosing an Unlimited Text Messaging Plan

Updated on August 30, 2011

When Is It Time to Consider Unlimited Text Messaging?

Surveys in recent years have shown that text messaging is popular with younger people. In fact, for people under 21, it's the preferred mode of communication. For the average individual over 35 however, the world of text messaging is a bit less common or familiar. This is changing of course as text messaging is gaining acceptance in the business world, as parents begin to adopt it in order to stay in touch with their kids, as packaging has made the cost of it more attractive, and as it's undeniable convenience and unobtrusive nature becomes apparent to more people

In fact, once hooked on SMS messaging, many people find that it's use begins to surpass their use of voice calling. When this happens, consumers often find they have to re-evaluate their current calling plan to avoid exorbitant fees that accrue with per message or capped plans. That first three digit cell bill often drives consumers to consider quitting cold turkey or looking into an unlimited text messaging plan.

Things to Think About Before Choosing an Unlimited Text Messaging Plan

One of the beauties of choosing an unlimited text messaging plan is that you know exactly what your bill will look like each month. You don't have to worry about exceeding your budget. However, the first thing to consider before deciding such a plan is right, is how much texting you'll actually use within a month. How many messages will you send and how many will be received? If the total number of messages is several hundred or less, then you may not need an unlimited plan. Many telecommunication providers offer capped plans that will cost you a bit less if you just pay for a bundle of messages. Just beware going over the cap, as the per message charge beyond the stated cap can be steep.

The second thing to consider is what types of messaging you'll use. Will you send only text messages, or will you also send pictures and video? Obviously you'll need to be sure that the unlimited plan you choose will include all of the types of messaging you hope to do. Some providers have text-only unlimited plans as well as more expensive options that allow you to send text, picture, and video messages.

Along with this of course, is the importance of knowing whether or not there is a data transfer cap that might limit how much data transfer you are allowed each month. Data transfer is influenced not only by your text messaging, but by other activities you may use on your cell phone; things like downloading, surfing the internet, using GPS services, and so forth. In such instances, your texting can be limited due to these other activities.

Identifying who you will be messaging can also be important. Most unlimited plans cover all messaging but there are still some out there that are intended only for in-network communication. If you'll be messaging people on other networks, this is obviously a critical detail if you want to hold down costs. Another thing to remember, is that if you're hoping to message people outside of the country, you may well have to pay additional for those messages, as most unlimited text messaging plans don't include international messages.

What if Unlimited Text Messaging is All You Really Want?

For some individuals, text messaging becomes the service that they use almost exclusively on their phone. For them it makes no sense to pay for a calling plan that gives them a huge number of minutes for voice calling. Instead, they want unlimited text messaging and perhaps the availability of voice calling with a per minute charge. Obviously, for someone who is deaf or has a significant hearing impairment, a data-only plan might be the best choice.

Most data-only plans offer messaging and other data services such as web access. Telecommunications providers such as Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and US Cellular offer these plans. However, many of them are currently restricted to those who are deaf or hearing impaired. For others, the most basic voice calling plan paired with anĀ unlimited text messaging plan is still the best option availalble.

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      lonnygoodnight 3 years ago

      I am a cool guy I need money

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      What's News 6 years ago

      You were right when you said knowing how much you text is important before choosing an unlimited text messaging plan. There's no need in spending money that you don't have to, that's the point in getting an unlimited plan in the first place, to save money,

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      Stuart 6 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      When i am running low on cell phone minutes - I use my laptop to call people through Google Voice. Its free to use around the nation and all you need to do is dial from your gmail inbox and it will dial the person you are trying to call.

      Best of all its absolutely FREE to call and it saves on long distance charges within the country.

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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      If you don't mind pressing a lot of keys for sending messages, then an unlimited text plan is surely a help to save costs than a call. Yet sometimes when I have a lot of things to say to someone, I prefer to make a phone call instead.


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      Ismael 7 years ago has unlimited text only nationwide plans for only $19.99 per month with no contracts.

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      text messages 8 years ago

      great information you the best

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      hassam 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice info.

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      Jiten88 8 years ago

      You should check out my article on the latest phones out there

      by the way, good info thanks

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Good information, well presented. Thank you.

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      You know - I have a very cheap SMS service now. Only to my daughter in Ethiopia it costs a little more. But that is ok.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Excellent information and well worth considering...I have an unlimited plan which works well for me---I do alot of texting...